There are many automotive enthusiasts who will argue that the best-looking muscle cars were produced from 1968 to 1972, and there’s plenty of examples to support their claim. There’s the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, then came the split-nose second-generation Camaro; there’s the second-gen Chevelle, there’s the last of the truly good-looking Dodge Darts, the first-gen Ford Mustang, and three iterations of the Plymouth Barracuda.
This super rare 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda is a prime example of the desire and appreciation these cars have, as it recently sold at a Barrett Jackson auction for a whopping $396,000 USD. To put that in perspective, that’s as much as a very lightly used Ferrari F12berlinetta.
The True Blue Metallic Cuda is 1 of 107 units built in 1971, and 1 of just 59 models that were equipped with a manual transmission. This particular specimen underwent a complete rotisserie restoration back in 2005. After its restoration the Cuda was inspected by Mopar historian Galen Govier, who then wrote a 29-page report, which verified that this is a matching-numbers car.
As if this car weren’t already a dime, it also features the Super Track Pack factory option, which includes front disc brakes, power brakes, 4.10 Dana 60 rear with Sure Grip differential, max cooling package with 7-blade fan, HEMI suspension and stiffer shocks.
Congrats to the new owner of this gem; we hope that whoever it is allows this beast to get out on the road and stretch its legs.