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Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible Takes $3.5 Million At Auction

We've reported before that a highly sought after Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible is expected to fetch a whopping $4 million at a Seattle auction event. That 1971 Cuda finished in blue didn't hit the estimated selling price, but still changed hands for a hefty $3.5 million.
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Seconds after bidding commenced, the '71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible jumped from $1.25 million to over $2 million. Ultimately, the auctioneer proclaimed the iconic muscle car 'Sold!' after eight minutes of aggressive bidding. We remind you that a similar Hemi Cuda was the first all-American muscle car to break the million-dollar mark back in 2002, while another B5 Bright Blue example of the breed sold for $2.2 million back in 2007.

So why would someone spend a mind boggling $3.5 million on an old drop-top bearing the Plymouth badge? As it happens, this is one of just 11 units made in 1971, with a mere two fitted with the New Process four-speed gearbox. Out of those two, this is the only one which retained its original drivetrain and most of its original metal.

All things considered, the matching-numbers example was expected to fetch a notable price at auction due to its unique, unadulterated patina. Dubbed by Mecum as "the ultimate creation of the muscle car era", the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible certainly has what it takes to be crowned 'King of old school American muscle.'

Without considering its immaculate proportions and tasteful interior design, the centerpiece of this Plymouth is found under the bonnet. Specifically, a big boy HEMI V8 rated at 425 horsepower drives the rear wheels via a Dana 60 rear end enhanced by a 4.10:1 Super Track Pak. Scroll down and press play to see how the bidding went.

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