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Rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible Going Under the Hammer, Could Fetch $2-3 Million

This year, Mecum Auctions is looking the bring a change in the way they conduct their events. That is, more emphasis is placed on American cars, which, to be honest, we can't help but applaud.
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It was only yesterday when we told you about the first production 1984 Chevrolet Corvette C4 being headed to auction, where it could fetch anywhere between $75,000 and $100,000.

Today, we'd like to point your attention towards another American classic, what some may consider "the king of American muscle cars".

We don't know about that, but we can tell you the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible in question is one of those rare models, hunted by collectors and adored by aficionados. Also, it comes with a pre-auction price estimate of $2.5-3 million. Interested why?

It is one of just 14 Hemi Cuda Convertibles produced in 1970, of which only nine were equipped with the automatic transmission.

Moreover, although this should go without saying, the drop-top Cuda sports the legendary 426 Hemi V8 engine under an exterior body penned by the a 27-year-old (at that time) John Herlitz under the watchful eye of Chrysler Design Chief Elwood Engel.

Also, you need to know Herlitz was rewarded for his efforts with this Hemi Cuda convertible, which has since received a full restoration in 2002 by Cummins Restorations and was the central piece of various Mopar collections around the world.

So we have a rare American muscle car that's been owned by the one who created it in the first place. Well, that should explain the seven-figure amount of money it is expected to fetch.The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
This model was built on a shorter, wider version of Chrysler's existing B platform, called the E-body, shared with the Dodge Challenger.

Using the shape of the car, Plymouth wanted "to shake the stigma of 'economy car'". It certainly shook the earth when revving, because this muscle car had 425 horsepower roaring from under the hood.


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