The values of Hemi ‘Cudas continue to astound, with a 1970 Plum Crazy convertible leading Mecum’s recent Arizona auction as a $1.43 million sale.
While not an authentic Hemi to set collectors’ hearts aflutter, the Pick of the Day is a professionally built resto-mod 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible for less than a 10th of the price tag of the Mecum ‘Cuda.
And from the description of the West Valley, Utah, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com, it sounds like a thrilling ride that has the look of a classic ‘Cuda but with modern components and massive performance.
“This Hemi ‘Cuda was professionally built by starting with a rust-free Barracuda convertible,” according to the ad. “No expense was spared to build this resto-mod with upgraded performance capabilities. A modern Chrysler powertrain was utilized to attain peak performance without the hassle of special fuel.
“The complete 6.1-liter Hemi engine and matching overdrive automatic transmission pulled from a Dodge Challenger SRT was utilized, and for a little additional horsepower, Pro-Chargers P-1SC-1 supercharger has been fitted to the car producing a very drivable 650 HP pushing around 550 HP to the rear wheels.”
Not only is the ‘Cuda loaded with muscle, it also has the drivability and easy maintenance of a modern car, the seller adds.
“All engine-management electronics were utilized from the donor Challenger for ease of tuning, maintenance and troubleshooting,” the ad says. “Suspension, brakes, gauges and all audio equipment are top-of-the-line components.
“For stability, this car is riding on a new Pro-touring K-Member with tubular upper control arms and adjustable coil overs and sway bar. The rear sits on a four-link rear suspension system with coil overs and sway bar. For stopping power, this car comes with the Hydratech High Performance brake booster and four-wheel slotted and drilled big disc brakes.”
The convertible looks gorgeously finished in the gallery of photos with the ad, including a custom cloth convertible top and a set of “custom-fitted, special-order wheels … supplied by Fesler with 18” General tires to finish off the look.”
And saving the best for last, the seller notes: “Only a few careful miles have been driven since this car’s completion.”
The asking price for this apparently nicely built and obviously good-looking resto-mod ‘Cuda seems like a bargain at $115,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.