Whether we like it or not basic Psychology confirms that
stereotypes, both positive and negative, are usually founded in
reality. That means all those catchy sayings you've heard about
North Carolina country boys being brave, polite and simple are
absolutely true. See, gearheads in the Tar Heel state know all it
takes to have a good time is something with an engine, something
with bullets or somewhere with a little bit of land. And that basic
outlook on life is probably why we've built such a great reputation
as fun-loving, free-spirited adventurers. The all-original time
capsule 'Cuda you see here was custom-ordered by one of North
Carolina's most fearless backwoods daredevils, and spent most of
its life sitting in his world-class car and motorcycle collection.
Not only is the car packed full of rare and unique options, it's
also equipped with a top-of-the-line, high performance drivetrain,
still covered in original paint and still cradling a 2,010 mile
original Hemi V8. We all know time travel, however desirable it may
be, as a phenomenon that's only found in fiction. But when you take
one look at this untouched Plymouth survivor, the ultimate, lowest
mileage reference-grade Hemi 'Cuda in existence, you'll begin to
question both your sense of time and perception!
There's a reason, per auctions results, the 1971 Hemi 'Cuda is the most valuable muscle car of all time: they were unique and exclusive cars even when new. And, as with any hand-picked hobby car, you really can't get a feel for this Plymouth's significance until you thoroughly understand its owner. Zachary Taylor Reynolds, born in 1938, lived a life most people only dream about. He was the grandson of the world's biggest tobacco tycoon, the son of a prominent political figure and the heir to seemingly unlimited money, fame and intelligence. By the early 1900s the Reynolds family's penchant for reckless behavior was already a subject of national conversation. But in the midst of the roaring 20s Zach's dad Dick Reynolds, and the uncle Zach was named for, sealed the deal by becoming well-known members of New York's Gotham club scene and transporting Mafia bootleggers on their personal planes. Eventually that risky lifestyle gave way to Zach's uncle dying under mysterious circumstances, and Dick moving back to Winston-Salem to become a pillar of the community and the Mayor of the city. But Dick was a natural wonderer, and although he wanted to settle down and raise his young family, he just couldn't resist a chance to sign up for the Navy and rediscover adventure. Unfortunately his combat service in World War II did not quell his appetite for new acquaintances, and it wasn't long until his wife Elizabeth learned of her pending divorce via a popular radio news show.
Now charged with raising four kids by herself, Zach's mother decided he and his younger brother would eschew the prominent private educations of her two eldest sons in favor of public schools and summers on the family's 12,000 acre estate. A few years later, with only one parent in the house and 22 miles of fenced in property at his fingertips, nine year old Zach had already become an avid gun enthusiast; a skill that would later net him a national marksmanship title. And by the time he attended R.J. Reynolds high school, Zach had already established his first motorcycle club and become a race winning rider. Unfortunately the unscathed survival of a few serious wrecks slowly convinced young Zach of his perceived indestructibility, and he began spending most of his nights terrorizing the streets of the town his family essentially founded. The police were none-to-happy about Zach's penchant for blatant street racing and daredevil trickery and, at his mother's urging, made him spend many nights in jail and eventually revoked his license. Not to be outsmarted, and knowing North Carolina doesn't require a license to operate a tractor, Zach simply re-geared one of his family's rigs and happily chugged up and down Winston-Salem's quaint country roads at speeds approaching 60 MPH. Fortunately all those growing pains weren't in vain as Zach ultimately wanted to become an engineering undergrad student. However, his mom insisted he attend Wake Forest University, a nearby college that was devoid of engineering programs, and Zach eventually swapped educational ambition for enlistment in the Navy.
After four years honing his mechanical prowess in a Virginia ship yard Zach came home to find that his absentee father, who was displeased with his daredevil lifestyle, had disowned him AND his three brothers. But Zach, already substantially wealthy thanks to several independent family trusts, had no intentions of changing for anyone and began building one of the world's largest private motorcycle and muscle car collections. The Hemi 'Cuda you're currently looking at was special ordered from Ed Owens Plymouth in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to be a centerpiece of his amazing collection. Serviced and inspected by Zach's friend Lonnie Maines, it's not only one of the highest optioned 'Cudas ever built, it's also a fully documented, reference-grade survivor that still has many traces of its original owner ingrained in its octane-rich DNA. The car's three fender tags set it up as follows:
E74: 426 cubic inch, 425 horsepower Hemi that's equipped with two 4-barrel carburetors
D32: Heavy Duty automatic transmission
BS23: Plymouth Barracuda special: 'Cuda 2-door hardtop
R1B: 1971 model assembled at Chrysler's Dodge Main facility in Hamtramck, Michigan
295999: Sequence number
FE5: Rallye Red exterior paint
H4X9: Black high level trim that's complete with a vinyl split bench seat ($16 optional equipment)
000: Full door panels
216: Built February 16th, 1971
062620: Order number
V1X: Full black vinyl top
U: Built to USA specifications
V6X: Quarter panel sport stripes ($37.55 optional equipment)
HEMI FENDER: Complete with Hemi fenders
One of the many historical documents included with this amazing Mopar's sale is an original Chrysler broadcast sheet that lists the following factory build sequence:
A01: Light package ($35.75 optional equipment)
A34: Dana 60 super track rear end that's equipped with 4.10 gears ($201.75 optional equipment)
A45: Front and rear spoilers ($54.65 optional equipment)
A62: Rallye instrument cluster ($76.75 optional equipment)
A67: Plymouth backlight louvers ($171 optional equipment)
B41: Front disc brakes
B51: Power assisted brake system
C52: Bench seats
C93: Carpet or mats
D32: Heavy duty A727 Torqueflite transmission ($229.35 optional equipment)
D58: Dana 60 rear end that's equipped with 4.10 gears
D91: Sure Grip differential
E74: 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 that's complete with two 4-barrel carburetors ($883.90 optional equipment)
F25: 70 amp Mopar red cap battery
F96: Oil pressure and temperature gauges
G11: All windows tinted ($36.85 optional equipment)
G36: Painted dual outside race mirrors
G41: Day/night interior mirror
H31: Blower-style rear window defogger ($28.90 optional equipment)
J11: Glove box lock ($4.05 optional equipment)
J15: Cigarette lighter
J21: Electric clock
J25: 3-speed variable wipers
J31: Dual horns
J...for more information please contact the seller.
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