The 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda was the Mopar brand’s SCCA Trans Am homologation unique for the duration of the series’ early 1970s heyday. A restored instance headed to the Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, Florida, sale scheduled the place it offered for $90,200 above the weekend.
“AAR” stands for “All American Racers,” the Dan Gurney-led staff that Plymouth brought in as its factory staff for Trans Am in 1970. This was for the duration of the height of Trans Am’s reputation, with factory-backed Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, and even AMC Javelins competing towards the Plymouths.
Trans Am principles needed makers to base their race autos on manufacturing versions, which is how we acquired the unique Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, as properly as the Dodge Challenger T/A. The AAR ‘Cuda was Plymouth’s solution to these autos.
1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda AAR (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)
The AAR ‘Cuda was 1 of numerous overall performance versions of the Plymouth Barracuda, all of which acquired the shortened ‘Cuda identify starting in 1970. The AAR’s 340-cubic-inch V-eight was far from the greatest engine in the ‘Cuda lineup, but it match SCCA laws. The engine created 290 hp, which it sent to the rear wheels via a four-pace guide transmission and three:91 Confident Grip rear finish.
The white automobile heading to auction has been totally restored, in accordance to the listing. Simply because it really is an AAR model, it will get some sporty trim characteristics, which includes a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, a Rallye dashboard with tachometer, and front bucket seats.
This automobile will not be the only ‘Cuda up for grabs at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction. An incredibly rare 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible is also scheduled to cross the block at that sale. Mecum isn’t going to give pre-auction estimates, but ‘Cudas have fetched hundreds of thousands at previous auctions.
Note: This submit has been up to date to reflect the AAR ‘Cuda’s ultimate sale cost.