1970 Plymouth AAR ‘CUDA
Engine: 340 V8
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Color: Lemon Twist
• Restoration completed in October of 2010 (only 400 miles since restoration)
• Placed first at the 2012 Mopar Nationals
• Best of Show Postwar St. Louis Concours d’Elegance Easter Show
• Original 340 cubic inch LA V8 / Dyno-tuned
• Original A833 4-speed manual transmission
• Original sheetmetal / Correct Lemon Twist paint / Correct AAR aesthetics
• Correct Black interior
• Period correct head lamps
• Three (3) broadcast sheets / Galen's Registry papers / Mopar Nats judging sheets
• Restoration photos / The car's SuperFlow WinDyn results
• Correct 8.75-inch rear axle / Original Rallye wheels
• Factory power steering / Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
Whenever Chrysler decides to assemble a purpose-built performer whose main mission is to kick asphalt and take names, the results are usually spectacular. And there's just something about documented, SCCA-inspired pony cars that makes them universally appealing and highly collectable. Of course, we ALL know big block MoPars have been fetching big money prices for years. But what most collectors fail to realize is that equally exclusive small block cars, like this Mopar Nationals-winning AAR 'Cuda, are just as hot and sometimes a better investment. With their excellent combination of power and handling, broad aftermarket support system and increasingly rare status, these classics enjoy one of the fastest sell-through rates of anything in our showroom. And this Lemon Twist coupe is a factory-correct gem that'll likely follow the quick-sale path of its striped and piped siblings. If you want a truly exclusive classic that does more than blister a straight line and under steer through corners, you'd better hurry up and clear some garage space!
Assembled in Hamtramck, Michigan in April of 1970, this spectacular pentastar is the beneficiary of a professional restoration that was completed in October of 2010. During that thorough rebuild, the car's all-original body, which includes solid-closing doors on top of excellent panel alignment, was stripped to bare metal, massaged into shape and thoroughly block-sanded into virtually flawless surfaces. Once those surfaces were completely clean and fully prepped, correct Lemon Twist 2-stage was accented with correct strobe stripes and dressed in correct war paint. And today, after a mere 350 miles of road time, this precise Plymouth rolls as a national award-winning collector car.
Not surprisingly, this AAR's track-bred appearance is backed by a long list of correct details. At the front of its glowing profile, a familiar, stainless-trimmed grille hangs a small “PLYMOUTH” script between period correct clear headlights, flush-fit parking lamps, a correct elastomeric bumper and driving lights. Behind that grille, a lightweight, AAR-exclusive hood, which is secured by fresh stainless lanyards, rolls a correct organisol topcoat toward new glass that's framed in straight stainless trim. At the sides of that hood, bright door handles and correct racing mirrors combine with spotless exhaust tips and correct wind wings to provide an authentic, factory-fresh appearance. And at the back of the car, a Satin Black valence hangs fresh taillights and a small “'cuda” script between a second chrome bumper and correct ducktail spoiler.
Pull the pins on this coupe's matte-finished hood and you'll find an original, 340 cubic inch LA V8 that's authenticated by a familiar 3577130TA casting number, a November (11) 25th (25), 1969 (69) casting date and a matching partial VIN. Although SCCA Trans Am racecars were limited to 302 cubic inches, Plymouth stuck to the tried and true “no replacement for displacement” rule for street applications. That means this car received a powerplant that was specifically designed for high performance turnpike warriors. And, thanks to Holley tri-power carburetors, a correct E