A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda powered by a Hemi V-8 is catnip to car or truck collectors, and now the 1st 1 of these iconic muscle mass automobiles created is up for sale.
To start with noticed by Muscle mass Cars & Trucks, the vehicle is remaining supplied by Indiana-based mostly Motorvault for a interesting $2.2 million. An everyday Hemi ‘Cuda (as functionality variations ended up badged commencing in 1970) could most likely fetch that volume at auction, but this automobile is also billed as a pre-output example with just 17,755 miles.
Initially 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda (image via Motorvault)
Plymouth introduced the Barracuda in 1964 to counter the Ford Mustang (truly showing the Barracuda a few of months in advance of Ford’s Pony Vehicle) but the second-generation model released for 1970 proved additional common with muscle mass-car or truck admirers. That is most likely down to a lot more unique styling and a bevy of overall performance variants, which include the racing-inspired AAR ‘Cuda and, of program, the Hemi ‘Cuda.
Run by the legendary 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8, this was a single of the brawniest Barracudas, with a claimed output of 425 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. This motor vehicle pairs that motor with a 4-velocity handbook transmission (an automatic was also out there), earning it 1 of just 284 1970 ‘Cudas crafted with that mixture of engine and gearbox.
First 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda (picture by means of Motorvault)
Which is not all that will make this car or truck special. It is just the 3rd 1970 Plymouth Barracuda developed, and the to start with with a Hemi. Done on August 1, 1969 in Hamtramck, Michigan, it also has an unconventional combination of options. Not like most Hemi ‘Cudas requested by customers, it lacks a tachometer and exterior graphics. It also capabilities an overhead console and the Quality trim package deal.
Per the vendor, the car or truck has been in Indiana considering that 1983, investing most of its everyday living in a museum. It was repainted in the exact same Alpine White shade applied at the manufacturing facility, but is otherwise claimed to be unrestored. Hemi ‘Cudas by now command huge money—a pair of convertibles offered for a lot more than $2 million every at a 2016 auction—and this car’s originality and exclusive history need to only include to its price.