“The Lowest Mileage Hemi Cuda On The Planet! PERIOD!” reads the lettering on the windshield of this remarkable time capsule, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 426 Hemi coupe driven just 84 miles in its half century of existence.
The Pick of the Day “is an amazing, all-correct, all-original and all-numbers-matching Tor Red Hemi Cuda with significant racing history to boot,” says the Jackson, Mississippi, dealer advertising the Cuda on ClassicCars.com.
“It was special-ordered and purchased new at Shreves Plymouth-Dodge in June 1970 by Bill Reardon of Clarksburg, West Virginia, who was finally buying his dream car at 62 years of age,” the dealer relates in the ad.
“One of the last ten Hemi Cudas built in 1970, it was exactly as he imagined it: Tor Red with a black interior; Torqueflite automatic transmission; Shaker hood with tie downs and color-matching steel wheels with dog-dish hub caps and Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. He named it True Grit.”
Reardon extensively modified the Cuda for the drag strip, setting aside all the original factory parts in storage. In his first season of racing, he made about 30 passes on three local strips, “occasionally dipping into the high 10-second range,” the dealer says.
“Sadly, that would be his one and only season as Bill suddenly passed away. When his widow passed in 1977, the couple’s son sold the car and all the original parts to Marvin Dillion, who, after returning it to its original configuration at 42 miles, drove it less than a single mile in the 16 years he owned it.
“The car passed through three more caring owners before renowned Hemi specialist John Arruza of Thomasville, North Carolina, purchased it with 61 miles on the odometer. Arruza performed his magic on the car, refreshing it after its years of storage with a complete fluid change and tune-up and overhauling its carburetion system so that it once again performed as new. Arruza drove the car to 73 miles in the process of refining the car’s state of tune.”
The Cuda now stands in pristine original condition, brought back to factory spec and said to be dialed in for best performance and drivability.
“Today, it is the textbook definition of a time capsule; unmolested, original and in superb condition, with documentation that includes the factory broadcast sheet and a recorded verification of the numbers and codes,” the seller says. “For Hemi lovers, it’s the Holy Grail!”
Naturally, the Holy Grail Hemi Cuda is valued in the stratosphere, with the seller asking $1.2 million for this unique example of a highly desirable muscle car.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.