MODEL: HEMI CUDA
ENGINE: 426 C.I HEMI V8
TORQUE: 490 LB/FT
CURB WEIGHT: 3,880 LBS EST.
EXTERIOR COLOR: ALPINE WHITE
INTERIOR COLOR: BLACK
PRODUCTION NUMBERS: 284 HEMI 4-SPEED 1970 CUDA'S, THE FIRST OF 284 MADE
Vehicle comes with: 2 set of keys, Galen Govier Certification and Chrysler Registry Documentation
Tires: Goodyear Eagle ST
During the Muscle Car wars of the 1960s and 1970s, every American car manufacture was horsepower crazed. Everything from full-size sedans, 2-door coupes, trucks, and 2-seat roadsters were receiving massive V8 engines with huge power figures. This trend launched into the forefront in 1964 with the introduction of the Ford Mustang and Pontiac GTO. While Plymouth introduced their new Barracuda the same year, the only V8 offered was a 273 CI V8 that produced a lackluster 180 horsepower. Even though the price point and styling were great, the Mustang heavily overshadowed the Barracuda until its 1967 redesign. Enhanced styling, significantly more options, and an all-new 383 CI V8 helped the Barracuda in sales and overall appeal. For 1968, Plymouth decided to take the Barracuda Fastback drag racing, producing only 50 track-purposed monsters with the massive 426 CI Hemi V8's. These cars won countless races from Detroit to California to Indianapolis in 1968 and 1969, giving the Chrysler executives many reasons to stuff their 426 Hemi in the Barracuda street car.
Enter the 1970 Cuda, Plymouth's sports version of Chrysler's new E-Body platform. With the Barracuda being the base and the Gran Coupe being the luxury variant, the 'Cuda was the top dog. A massive slate of engines were on offer for the 'Cuda, starting at a 340 V8 and topping out with the 426 Hemi V8, a 425 horsepower and 490 lb/ft of torque beast. This particular Cuda, chassis BS23R0B100003, was the third E-Body Plymouth produced and the FIRST production 'Cuda ever fitted with the legendary 426 Hemi. Built on August 1st, 1969, this pre-production 'Cuda was finished in Alpine White with Black interior and was fitted with the iconic 4-speed Pistol Grip shifter. The 'Cuda had an interesting group of factory options including Stripe delete, Tac delete, Overhead console, and Premium trim. After leaving the Hamtramck, MI plant, the Centerline, MI Chrysler-Plymouth facility received the car for prepping the flat rate manual for all future Hemi Cuda's. From there, the Cuda made its way into public hands.
In 1983, the current Indiana owner purchased the Cuda and has been museum kept at the NATMUS Museum (https://natmus.org) in Auburn, IN for the majority of this time. During its life, the Cuda has only traveled 17,755 miles and has been repainted once in its correct color, making the Hemi a true time capsule. Unrestored, iconic, and the first of its kind elevate this car into a unique and high caliber of collector car. In 2005, Galen Govier documented and confirmed the significance of this car, presenting this car as THE FIRST Hemi Cuda.
D21 - A833 Manual Four Speed
E74 - R-Code 426 CI V-8 Engine
EW1 - Alpine White exterior paint
X9 - Black interior
M85 - Front & rear bumper guards
PRX9 - Leather & vinyl bucket seats
P - Premium Trim
R22 - AM/with stereo 8 Track player
R31 - Rear Speakers
V68 - Sport Stripes DELETE
B41 - Front disc & drum rear brakes
B51 - Power brakes
N96 - Shaker Hood
C26 - Overhead Console
A33 - Track Pack 3.54 Rear Gears
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