A unusual 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda is scheduled to cross the block at Mecum Auctions’ Tulsa, Oklahoma, sale, which runs June eleven-twelve. No, it does not have a Hemi, but this ‘Cuda is even now hugely collectible.
That is since this ‘Cuda is a V-Code auto, which means it has the other legendary Mopar engine from the golden age of muscle autos. It is a 440-cubic-inch V-eight with six-barrel carburetion, or “440-six” in Mopar jargon. It can make a factory-rated 390 hp, and drives the rear wheels via a three-velocity automated transmission.
This auto was employed as a dealer demonstrator, in accordance to the listing. It is also heavily optioned, boasting electrical power steering, electrical power brakes, a Shaker hood, and the A36 Efficiency Axle Bundle. The configuration can make it far more worthwhile, as does the thorough documentation, like two window stickers and 4 binders of files, in accordance to the listing.
1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)
The Plymouth Barracuda (functionality versions acquired the shorter ‘Cuda title starting in 1970) was a competitor for the Ford Mustang, though it in fact launched just prior to the Ford. The Mustang manufactured the notion stick, although, which is why we even now phone autos like this pony autos rather than fish autos.
The 1970 model yr marked the debut of a new Barracuda/’Cuda physique design, twinned with the very first-generation Dodge Challenger. This was also the final generation of the Barracuda, as the auto was discontinued right after the 1974 model yr. Rumors of a Barracuda resurrection sometimes circulate, but with the Plymouth brand now dead as nicely, that appears unlikely.
Nowadays, the ‘Cuda is 1 of the most collectible muscle autos, with pristine examples routinely fetching hundreds of thousands of bucks at auction. Mecum does not supply an estimate of what this auto will go for, so it must be fascinating to find out the ultimate figure.