Honest muscle: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda coupe with documentation

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The Hemi Cuda is a well-maintained example with a known history

(Editor’s note: An incorrect interior photo appeared earlier for this item.  The correct photo is now shown.) 

The Pick of the Day is the stuff that dreams are made of for Mopar fans: a gorgeous, mostly original 1970 Plymouth 426 Hemi Cuda coupe with low mileage and a stack of verifying documents.

“This Hemi has had nothing but meticulous owners in both preservation and record-keeping so there is no doubt what you’re getting,” says the Raleigh, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Cuda on ClassicCars.com. “An original engine and drivetrain, truly numbers matching, heavily optioned Cuda that has never been fully restored!”

cudaThe iconic 426 Hemi V8 under the broad hood is rated at 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, and it’s linked with a 4-speed manual shifter, as it should be.  Just under 60,000 miles shows on the odometer.

So yes, this is a real-deal muscle car, highly desirable and very fast. And the dealer says it has the documents to prove it.

“The paper trail starts from new with the original broadcast sheet listing everything the car was born with and a 1971 registration, but the fun really starts in 1976 when David Lind took ownership,” the ad says, referencing the Mopar zealot who maintained copious records. “David seems to be the ultimate car guy even taking this Hemi to the very first Hemi owners group meet!

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cuda“He kept every receipt he spent on the car and this must have encouraged the next owners to do so as well as the receipts binder is 2 over inches thick! From the receipts and owners’ notes, we know the engine was rebuilt and the car was painted over 30 years ago!

“Galen Govier did a complete visual inspection and report in 2006 confirming all matching numbers and giving it a condition of 2.4 (between Fine and Very good) and the mileage is original.

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“This is a very rare chance to own a Hemi you can actually drive, enjoy and have confidence in your investment as you drive and enjoy it!”

So there you have it, an honest ’70 Hemi Cuda that, other than the repaint, is pretty much as it came from the factory at the height of the horsepower wars.

cudaThis kind of Mopar magic does not come cheap, with the asking price of the Hemi Cuda set at $245,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I’m almost 55, and the 70 Cuda has always been my dream car. I almost bought one when I was 16, but dad said no way. I don’t have to many more years left due to health. Failing kidney for second time and now heart. Never did drugs but losing organs. But anyways I would love to have one once before god takes me. Beautiful car.

    • I hear ya Tom. Good luck to ya. I’m 67 and the opposite. All my organs are great but my damn skeleton is falling apart. Every joint that can be replaced, has been (6 and counting!). I went thru the late 60’s – early 70’s muscle car era and miss it. I always wanted to build a Cobra or ’32 Highboy but don’t know if my body can even get in one , Let alone "build" one ! So, I’d probably have buy one now and get it with an automatic. Again, good luck to ya and hope your dream comes true.

  2. Fabulous car. The real thing .. as you say. I have a ’70 cuda 383 with 47k miles that I bought new and I’m glad I didn’t order it with a hemi because I think I’d have sold it when it got so valuable but now I get to enjoy "my own car" from almost 50 years ago.
    With a bit of today’s technology it makes about 460 hp and is an absolute blast to drive.
    PS. Interior photo wrong.

    • One thing that the public is unaware of, all FE5-Rallye Red 1970 ‘cuda’s with the N96 Shaker Hood (Standard on the Hemi) came painted body color until late in the year when it became Black in color. Just because it is documented does not mean it is a perfect specimen. It is up to the owner to correct anything I may have found inaccurate during the inspection. All in all it is a great car!

  3. Boy that’s some crazy interior that car has. You know almost every one of these I read there is a typo or wrong photo. I really don’t care most of the readers can sort thru it. BUT. new car folks must be confusing to them wondering how they got a 58 caddy interior in that pinto. Number one rule get your facts straight and use a second look be for posting. It makes your posts look like you could care less or you want to see if we the reader are paying attention.

  4. This Classic Cars site is not obtaining " Due Diligence " . Sorry, Bob only you obviously owe all readers an apology about the $245K Hemi Cuda interior photo. Really? How about last weeks article on the 1986 Porche 944 Turbo? I spent 2 hrs. following-up on THAT car , trying to "justify" it…WRONG!!! Is your site a "used car" dealer ad spot for a piece of the action??? If this post is NOT posted, then I guess I will Know the answer. Stand-up & Be a Man… WCCJR.

  5. Yea um that picture of the interior? It’s wrong, way wrong. Do you guys know cars at all Seriously?
    Anyhow…. the article is good and the picture you got of the outsid
    e of the car was
    excellent. Maybe just spend a little more time getting to know cars. Thats one if the most iconic muscle cars of all time. U less you want to call it a pony car?? Its a muscle car though.

    • Thanks for pointing out that they updated the photo to show the correct interior. I just saw this article for the first time a few minutes ago and kept looking over the photo shown trying to figure out what was wrong and “definitely not a 70 Cuda”. I was starting to really question myself for a few minutes there. Whew!

  6. The Hemi Cuda still stands atop muscle car mountain as top banana for sheer power and drag performance, but what most people never realized was just how wonderful this platform was in small block configuration for road course driving. With a few suspension mods and tire/wheel upgrades, they were not just drop dead sexy, they were damned hard to beat. Unlike the larger/heavier Challenger, my Cuda would shoot around a corner like butter.

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