Resto-mod 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda, fast and (relatively) affordable

Resto-mod 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda, fast and (relatively) affordable

The Pick of the Day has been modified with modern high-performance gear

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.


The ‘Cuda features a fresh cloth top and custom wheels

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 professional paint job looks well-applied

“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.


The 6.1-liter Hemi cranks out 650 horsepower

“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.”


The interior looks nicely upgraded

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.


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  • Steve King
    March 26, 2019, 2:52 AM

    Where is this car at?

    • mike paull@Steve King
      March 26, 2019, 10:26 AM

      Steve, I believe this car is exactly where it says it is in the article. At the dealer in West Valley, Utah.
      Quote from article: "To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day" , and there it is!