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Mopar muscle cars ready to rumble at Russo and Steele


A 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 400 Six Pack four-speed coupe from the Lindsten collection | Russo and Steel photos

Mighty Mopar muscle cars from the Ted Lindsten collection will cross the block at no reserve in January during Russo and Steele’s collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lindsten, a native of Sweden and well-known among Mopar enthusiasts for his primo selection of Dodge and Plymouth performance machines, has consigned five authentic examples from 1969-70, the heart of the muscle-car era.

They are:

1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda – A four-speed coupe listed in the Chrysler Registry as one of 44 built for the Canadian export market, the ‘Cuda features “a correct but non-matching numbers powertrain” with a 1969 426 cid Hemi V8. Completely restored in 2005 and decoded by Chrysler expert Galen Govier, the car has been driven just 17,300 miles.

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT/SE

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT/SE – One of 63 Hemi RT/SE Challengers built for 1970, the Plum Crazy coupe has a numbers-matching drivetrain with automatic transmission, with restoration completed in 2003 and just 44,900 miles on its odometer. Govier has decoded and inspected this car, which comes with its original build sheet.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona – The restored Bright Red winged warrior retains its original 440 Magnum engine block with Torqueflight automatic transmission and desirable factory options.

1969 Dodge Challenger RT/SE

1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440/6 – The four-speed coupe with 440 cid Six Pack power, Shaker hood and Go Wing was restored in 2006, and decoded and inspected by Govier. Hockey stripes, black bucket-seat interior with Rallye instruments, Super Track Pack, power brakes and hood pins set it apart.

1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE 440/6 – Another Six Pack 440 coupe, this one also rare and well-documented, with full restoration in 2001-2002 and decoded by Govier. The Torqueflight automatic is numbers matching but the correct Code F440 engine is a replacement.

“Classic Mopars have certainly been one of the strongest segments of not only the once-again-exploding muscle car market, but of the entire collector automobile market as a whole,” John Bemiss, Russo and Steele consignment director, said in a news release.

“These are blue-chip offerings that have been collected by one of the world’s most astute Mopar collectors, and they represent the tip top of the pyramid of collectability. Factor in that these are all no reserve offerings, and the sky is the limit.”

The 16th annual Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction takes place January 27-31 at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101. For more information, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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