Last year at Mecum’s Seattle auction, a new record was set for Chrysler products when a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible sold for an incredible $3.5 million. The auction house is prepping to sell off another 1971 Hemi Cuda, this time a hardtop coupe, and we have a hunch it will attract another significant sum of money.
This Hemi Cuda isn’t as special as the one-of-11 convertible that fetched nearly $4 million last year, but it’s still massively desirable in today’s collector car market. That’s because it is one of the most ‘un-molested’ Hemi Cudas in existence – meaning no modifications or major restoration jobs have been done to it. The engine, driveline, sheet metal body and rare leather interior are exactly as they were when they came off Chrysler’s Hamtramck assembly line in the spring of 1971, Mecum says, adding to its already significant provenance.
In addition to this, the car was also a rarity when it was ordered from the factory. The original buyer had put in a special order for the car asking for all chrome accents and vinyl stripes to be removed from the car, as indicated by the original order form. It also came equipped with a rare options list consisting of the E74 426 Hemi engine, the D21/A33 Track Pak, which added an A833 4-speed and 3.54 Dana 60 SureGrip rear end, raised white-letter G60x15 tires,a leather bucket-seat interior, R11 AM radio with rear speaker, and tinted glass.
According to Mecum, this unique order combination makes this Hemi Cuda a one-of-one example. Many of these parts, such as the optional rear speaker and Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, remain in strikingly untouched condition. These were parts that many owners would often replace with aftermarket ones, making their presence in the car extremely important to collectors.
Mecum hasn’t provided an estimate as to what they think this well-documented 1971 Hemi Cuda will fetch when it goes under the gavel at its Kissimmee auction in January, but if you have to ask..