HomePick of the DayResto-mod 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda, fast and (relatively) affordable

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


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.

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.


    • 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!


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