Hemi V-8-powered 1970 Plymouth Barracudas are collectors' items, and the first of these legendary muscle cars to be produced is currently for sale.
Hemi V-8-powered 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
The vehicle is being offered by Indiana-based Motorvault for a cool $2.2 million after being first seen by Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Although though this car is listed as a pre-production example with only 17,755 miles, it would likely fetch that much at auction if it were a regular Hemi 'Cuda (since performance versions were badged beginning in 1970).
The Plymouth Barracuda was created in 1964 to compete with the Ford Mustang (Plymouth actually debuted the Barracuda a few weeks prior to Ford's pony car), but muscle car enthusiasts preferred the second-generation model, which was presented in 1970.
That's probably due to more distinctive appearance and a wide range of performance models, such the AAR 'Cuda, which takes inspiration from racing, and, of course, the Hemi 'Cuda.
This one of the toughest Barracudas had a 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine that was rated to produce 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque.
Only 284 1970 'Cudas were produced with that particular engine and transmission pairing; an automatic transmission was also offered. This particular automobile is one of the 284 'Cudas.
This muscle car is unique for more reasons than just that. Only three 1970 Plymouth Barracudas have been produced, and this one is the first with a Hemi. It also offers an interesting blend of choices. It was finished on August 1st, 1969 in Hamtramck, Michigan. It lacks a tachometer and exterior graphics, unlike the majority of Hemi 'Cudas that customers request. The Premium trim package and an overhead console are also included.
The car has lived most of its life in a museum in Indiana, according to the vendor, where it has remained since 1983. Although it was repainted in the same shade of Alpine White as when it left the factory, it is otherwise said to be in original condition. A pair of convertible Hemi 'Cudas sold for more than $2 million each at an auction in 2016, and this car's unique history and authenticity should further increase its value. Hemi 'Cudas already fetch high prices.
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