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Lot 289: Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible

Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook, RM Auctions (24 July 2010)

300 bhp, 383 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 108" - A show-quality restoration with many options - Powerful 383 V8 and TorqueFlite automatic - Top-down style and rare color combination - One of just 374 1971 'Cuda convertibles built Although Plymouth beat Ford to the pony car market with its Valiant-based Barracuda in 1964, sales were consistently poor compared to the Ford Mustang and the later Chevrolet Camaro. For 1970, Plymouth and Dodge introduced the all-new Barracuda and Challenger, with a dramatic interpretation of the long hood, short tail styling theme. Their styling, led by John Herlitz, was an immediate hit, and performance fans quickly noticed that the new E-bodies could easily accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range from the Slant Six to the Street Hemi. While production only continued through the 1974-model year, the 'Cuda remains undoubtedly one of the most popular high-performance American cars of all time. With a correct, show-quality restoration to original specifications, this 1971 'Cuda Convertible is one of just 374 examples originally produced for the 1971-model year. Moreover, it is believed to be one of just 87 383-powered convertibles produced for the last year of 'Cuda convertible production in 1971. It is strikingly finished in Tawny Gold, with a white interior and a white power-operated convertible top. Among its many features, the 'Cuda retains its correct, matching numbers 300-horsepower, 383 V8 engine with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Other desirable features include dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets, floor console, hood pins, power brakes, power steering, Rallye wheels, a Slap Stik shifter and a Tuff steering wheel. Beautifully presented and refreshingly free of the usual stripes, graphics and gimmicks of the muscle car era, this 'Cuda possesses both a unique presence and remarkable rarity.

Lot Details
Auction Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
RM Auctions, Rochester, Michigan
TypeCar
Lot Number289
Estimate$60000-$70000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)$44000
Year1971
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Chassis numberBS27N 1B234130
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