Mecum’s upcoming Kissimee 2017 auction will see several Plymouth Superbirds find new homes, but the famous aero muscle cars aren’t the only valuable Mopars headed to the sale. A handful of Plymouth HEMI ‘Cudas and Barracudas will also go under the gavel in Kissimee later this month, including a pair of numbers matching R-Code HEMI models.
One of the HEMI ‘Cudas to be sold later this month, a 1970 example (pictured above), is one of only seven factory produced black-on-black HEMI ‘Cudas in the Chrysler Registry. The original owner clearly meant business when it came to performance, opting for the rare factory radio delete along with hood pins, the Track Pack (which included a Dana 60 SureGrip rear end with 3.54:1 gears) and dog dish hubcaps. It recently underwent a full restoration and today is powered by a Ray Barton Hemi engine paired to a four-speed manual transmission.
Other examples, such as this EB3 Ice Blue Metallic HEMI ‘Cuda, are more original. The car is one of only four 1970 HEMI ‘Cudas painted in this shade of blue and is a true ‘R-Code’ car that retains its original engine and four-speed manual transmission. Other desirable extras optioned to the car from the factory include HEMI ‘hockey stripes’, the ‘Go-Wing’ rear spoiler, Rallye wheels, chrome mirrors and chrome drip rail mouldings.
Projected to take the most cash is this four-speed 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda R-Code finished ultra-desirable Plum Crazy purple with factory hockey stripes. It has been owned by just one person since it was first sold in Culver City, California in November of 1969 and has been meticulously looked after ever since. It was the subject of a complete restoration in 2010 and is ready to go to a good home for around $350,000. By comparison, the black example is projected to take a maximum of $240,000, while the rare Ice Blue car commands no more than $220,000.