The golden age of muscle autos was chock complete of homologation specials made to helps make autos eligible for various varieties or racing. 1 of people autos was the 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda. A restored illustration of this unusual muscle automobile is heading to the Mecum Auctions Tulsa, Oklahoma, sale, scheduled for June eleven-twelve.

“AAR” stands for “All American Racers,” the Dan Gurney-led race group that, amongst other racing exploits, campaigned ‘Cudas in the SCCA Trans Am series. In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Trans Am was at the height of its acceptance, with factory-backed Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, and even AMC Javelins competing in the series alongside the Plymouth.

Even though Trans Am autos have been heavily modified, they nevertheless primarily retained their stock visual appeal, incorporating to the series’ appeal. The SCCA also essential producers to promote comparable street autos, which is how we received the unique Ford Mustang Boss 302, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, and Dodge Challenger T/A. The ‘Cuda AAR was Plymouth’s response to people autos.

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda AAR (Photo by Mecum Auctions)

1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda AAR (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)

1 of a number of functionality versions of the Plymouth Barracuda (all of which received the shortened ‘Cuda title starting in 1970), the AAR was powered by 340-cubic-inch V-eight that produced 290 hp. That was a quite tiny engine by time period muscle-automobile specifications, but was essential for SCCA homologation. Energy was sent to the rear wheels by way of a four-pace guide transmission.

Even though the ‘Cuda shared a platform with the Dodge Challenger, the two Chrysler brand names have been nevertheless Trans Am rivals. Neither scored a manufacturer’s championship, however, and each withdrew right after the 1970 season. The Barracuda/’Cuda was discontinued right after the 1974 model 12 months. Rumors of a Barracuda comeback sometimes circulate, but, with the Plymouth brand now dead as properly, that would seem unlikely.

This AAR ‘Cuda was taken care of to a rotisserie restoration, and has accompanying documentation, in accordance to the listing. It will not be the only ‘Cuda crossing the block at Mecum’s Tulsa auction, as a 1970 440-six model will also be up for grabs. Mecum isn’t going to give pre-auction estimates, but provided latest ‘Cuda product sales, never be stunned if each autos fetch large cash.