Whenever Chrysler decides to assemble a purpose-built performer
whose main mission is to kick asphalt and take names, the results
are usually spectacular. And there's just something about rowdy,
SCCA-inspired pony cars that makes them universally appealing and
highly collectable. Of course, we ALL know big block MoPars have
been fetching big money prices for years. But what most collectors
fail to realize is that equally exclusive small block cars, like
this Rallye Red AAR 'Cuda, are just as hot and sometimes a better
investment. With their excellent combination of power and handling,
broad aftermarket support system and increasingly rare status,
these classics enjoy one of the fastest sell-through rates of
anything in our showroom. And this fully documented coupe is a
factory-correct gem that'll likely follow the quick-sale path of
its striped and piped siblings. If you want some truly exclusive
muscle that does more than blister a straight line and under steer
through corners, you'd better hurry up and clear some garage
Formerly part of the well-known Wayne Schmeeckle collection, this spectacular pentastar rolls much nicer than when it left Chrysler's Hamtramck assembly plant thanks to a detailed nut-and bolt rotisserie restoration. During that thorough rebuild, the car's tight body, which includes solid-closing doors on top of excellent panel alignment, was stripped bare, massaged to form and thoroughly sanded into virtually flawless surfaces. Once those surfaces were completely clean and fully prepped, correct Rallye Red 2-stage was accented with correct strobe stripes and dressed in correct war paint. And today, this precise Plymouth rolls as one world-class collector car that's primed for a serious investor.
Not surprisingly, this AAR's track-bred appearance is backed by a long list of correct details. At the front of its glowing profile, a familiar, stainless-trimmed grille hangs a small "PLYMOUTH" script between clear head lamps, flush-fit parking lights, an elastomeric bumper and requisite road lamps. Behind that grille, a lightweight, AAR-exclusive hood, which is secured by fresh stainless lanyards, rolls a correct suede topcoat toward new glass that's framed in straight stainless trim. At the sides of that hood, bright door handles and painted racing mirrors combine with spotless exhaust tips to provide an authentic, factory-fresh appearance. And at the back of the car, a Satin Black valence hangs fresh taillights and a small "'cuda" script between a chrome bumper and a familiar ducktail spoiler.
Pull the pins on this coupe's matte-finished hood and you'll find an original, 340 cubic inch LA V8 that's authenticated by a familiar 3577130TA casting number, a November (11) 24th (24), 1969 (69) casting date and a matching partial VIN. Although SCCA Trans Am racecars were limited to 302 cubic inches, Plymouth stuck to the tried and true "no replacement for displacement" rule for street applications. That means this car received a powerplant that was specifically designed for high performance turnpike warriors. And, thanks to Holley tri-power carburetion, a hot Edelbrock intake, a high performance points distributor, high-flow cylinder heads and unique internals, it turned hefty 10.5 to 1 compression into 315 fire-breathing horses. That said; SCCA regulations and increasing insurance costs forced Chrysler to actually underrate the mill's output to just 290. But, in reality, the car easily disposed of most 'equally powered' stoplight challengers. Whatever the number, this engine's spotless bay is in brilliant, show-ready condition, displaying immaculate detailing and exact finishes throughout. Vivid Rallye Red fenders provide excellent contrast to a glossy layer of Hemi Orange skin. A bright air cleaner looks great peeking through the aforementioned hood. And, as with most of today's investment grade MoPars, every detail on this SIX BARREL beast has been returned to a convincing level of factory authenticity.
Park this impressive 'Cuda on a lift and you'll find primer gray floors that feature a correct pattern of overspray. The high-winding small block churns power through an original A833 4-speed, which is authenticated by a March 18th, 1970 build stamp and matching partial VIN. That transmission spins a correct 8.75-inch axle. The car's suspension has been fully rebuilt to include factory power steering and correct power front disc and rear drum brakes. As expected, those 11-inch, AAR-exclusive drums are accompanied by specially tuned shocks and re-cambered springs that tilt the car to accommodate its unique exhaust pipes. Speaking of that exhaust, the usual 'muffler shop special' look has been exchanged for a clean, OEM-style appearance. And hooking all that mechanical prowess to the pavement is freshly restored Rallye wheels which spin E60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs in front of G60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs to employ one of the first applications of staggered tire sizing.
Swivel the car's solid-closing doors and you'll find a correct interior that's functional, straightforward and very livable. The front bucket and rear bench seats are wrapped in standard vinyl covers that display hardly any signs of wear. In front of those seats, a clean, wood-trimmed dash frames correct Rallye gauges above a correct Chrysler Solid State. Fade-free carpet, weather-free door panels and a fresh headliner frame those components in a sea of serious black. The driver navigates the course through a wood-rimmed steering wheel and beefy Hurst Pistol Grip. And behind the cockpit, a fully finished trunk centers a correct jack and space saver spare tire between a correct mat and fresh decklid decal.
In addition to an original Broadcast Sheet, this Plymouth's substantial documentation includes a Galen Govier inspection and Fender Tag decode. Here's a detailed look at how the car left Chrysler's Hamtramck assembly plant.
E55: 340 cubic inch V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to produce 275 horsepower
D21: A833 heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission that's complete with a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter
BS: Plymouth 'Cuda
23: 2-door hardtop
J: 340 SIX BARREL V8 that utilizes three 2-barrel carburetors to create 290 horsepower
0: 1970 model year
B: Assembled in Hamtramck, Michigan
291086: Production Sequence Number
FE5: Rallye Red paint
H: High Trim Grade interior
6: Vinyl bucket seats
X9: Black interior
000: Full door panels
401: Assembled on Wednesday, April 1st, 1970
005442: Vehicle Order Number
FE5: Rallye Red roof paint
A21: Elastomeric Front Bumper Group
A53: Trans Am Package
A62: Rallye Instrument Cluster
B51: Power brakes
C16: Woodgrain console
C55: Bucket seats
G36: Painted remote driver's mirror/ Painted manual passenger's mirror
J45: Hood pins
J82: Aerodynamic rear spoiler
M21: Drip rail moldings
M88: Rear deck molding treatment
N44: Side-exit exhaust
N94: Fiberglass 'Fresh Air' hood
R11: Music Master AM radio
V6H: Black, longitudinal Trans Am stripes
Y05: Built to United States specifications
26: 26-inch radi...for more information please contact the seller.
Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21.
Whenever Chrysler decides to assemble a purpose-built performer whose main mission is to kick asphalt and take names, the results are usually spectacular.
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Dream on, Hemi fanatics, because Mecum has a muscle car coming to auction that’s the stuff dreams are made of.
An exceptionally rare and original 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 4-speed convertible soared to a record-breaking sale with a winning bid of $3.5 million Saturday at Mecum’s first Seattle auction.
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