LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.
The Plymouth Barracuda and sport model ‘Cuda variant had very humble beginnings. Starting out as a redesigned Valiant set to take on Ford’s incredibly popular Mustang. Although it didn’t take off in popularity like the Mustang, it developed a loyal following. In 1970, Plymouth decided to step up its game and while the design/name only lasted until 1974 the ‘Cuda has gone down in history as one of the most attractive and desirable muscle cars ever built. The 1970 model had the new E-body which was shorter and wider so removed all commonality with the Valiant. For engines, the 1970 Barracuda/Barracuda Gran Coupe/’Cuda line up had six and eight cylinder versions ranging from a new 198 cu in six to the mighty 426 Hemi. In 1970, as it is today, the 426 Hemi is the king of the Mopar Big-Block power options that provided 425 angry horses according to the factory. However, it is well known that this was a very conservative horsepower listing. The 426 2-4bbl power plant took on a very mean and nasty look when they can be seen peering through the famous Shaker Hood. As well the Hemi-equipped cars received upgraded suspension components and structural reinforcements to help transfer the power to the road. The other aspect of the Mopar Muscle cars of this era was the "high impact" colors that were on the order sheet. Mopar also sported some of the best go faster stripes like the Black Hockey Stick on the hind quarter of the ’70 ‘Cuda proudly displaying the engine block such as Hemi in the stick blade. Plymouth advertised these cars as part of their ‘Rapid Transit System’ and suggested “There are two kinds of Barracudas in this world. Those that do… and those that really do”.
This 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was completed at the Hamtramck, Michigan Assembly Plant on January 12. It left the factory with the highly desirable “R” 426 Hemi with 425HP, D21 4-Speed Pistol Grip Transmission, as well as so many other options that it required two fender tags. They include; A34 Super Track Pak with 4.10 Ratio, FE5 Bright Red exterior and top, Black Vinyl Bucket Seats, Elastomeric colored front and rear bumper package, Rallye Instrument Cluster package, power brakes, console with woodgrain panel, dual racing mirrors, hood tie down pins, J81 rear spoiler, dual chrome tip exhaust, and the highly desirable N96 Shaker Hood. This Hemi Cuda has had the benefit of a complete, no expense spared rotisserie restoration by Legendary Motorcar Company. It has a numbers matching Hemi engine, numbers matching 4-speed Pistol Grip, power steering, as well as a beautiful wet sanded and polished finish in its factory correct FE5 Bright Red finish. The undercarriage is absolutely immaculate and is exactly how this Cuda would have looked like when it left the factory floor almost 50 years ago, even having such details as accurate paint drippings on the oil pan and lower rad support. The correct factory paint daubs and markings are present as well as accurate body color overspray over the factory style primer.
This very special Cuda comes complete with the factory Broadcast sheet as well as owners maunal and pictures of car prior and during the restoration process.
When it comes to the battle of which muscle car is superior, the Hemi Cuda’s name is always right at the top. This prestige of being one of the sought after “R” Code Hemi Cudas, being a factory 4-speed Pistol Grip, and being factory loaded with options makes this car one of the greatest and most iconic American muscle cars there is. This is an opportunity for any Mopar enthusiast or collector to acquire a centerpiece for their collection.