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. One of the last 10
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.
Following his original plans, Bill immediately began the
modifications needed to ready the car for the drag strip, removing
the intake and carburetors, the complete exhaust system, rear end,
rear wheels and tires and front shocks. He replaced all these with
the best performance parts available, while carefully stowing the
originals in safe storage. In his first season of racing, Bill made
approximately 30 passes at three local drag strips, occasionally
dipping into the high 10-second range.
Tragedy hit when Bill suddenly passed away after that first season
with his new Cuda. 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.
Since then it has been moved enough to take the odometer to its
present reading of 86 miles.
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-for Hemi lovers, the Holy Grail.
Unrestored with 86 original miles
Lowest mileage 1970 Hemi Cuda known to exist
Produced May 25, 1970 at the Los Angeles assembly plant
One of the last ten 1970 Hemi Cudas built
Sold new at Shreves Plymouth-Dodge in 1970
Documented with original broadcast sheet
Original Tor Red paint and Black interior
Original matching numbers drivetrain
426/425 HP engine
Two 4-barrel carburetors
727 automatic transmission
Shaker hood with Argent painted scoop
Vinyl bucket seats with woodgrain console
Tie down hood pins, road lights
Chrome drip rail and window moldings
Dual exhaust with chrome tips
Color-keyed steel wheels
Dog Dish hubcaps
Goodyear F60-15 Polyglas GT tires
Space-Saver spare tire
Calling this a Holy Grail Car simply is not giving it enough
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