This Hoard of Derelict Mopars Is Loaded With Rare HEMI Cars

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A few days ago, I showed you a big stash of derelict E-body Mopars packed with rare HEMI cars. Well, new footage from the property hit the internet, showing an additional hoard of Plymouths and Dodges from the golden muscle car era. In addition to more Challengers and 'Cudas, it also includes Road Runners, Super Bees, and Chargers.
Much like the E-body classics we saw in the previous video, many of these rigs are in rough shape. But our host, barn find hunter "Auto Archaeology," says they will be restored eventually. The video also shows a very busy and crowded shop. It's great to know these Mopars aren't just rotting away.

So, what exactly is hiding in and around this building? Well, you'll see a 1971 Road Runner very early in the video. It's not a rare HEMI or Six-Barrel, but this Plymouth is scarce nonetheless. The company sold fewer than 14,000 units that year. The figures include 1,681 examples equipped with the 340-cubic-inch (5.6-liter) V8 and 11,682 cars fitted with the ubiquitous 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) big-block.

A 1970 HEMI 'Cuda is also parked outside, and this one is truly rare. Plymouth delivered only 666 vehicles to US showrooms in 1970. Of the 652 hardtops built that year, only 377 got a Torqueflite automatic like this car.

A pair of first-gen Dodge Challengers is also resting outside the shop. Both are post-1971 models, which makes them less desirable. However, one sports a sunroof, a rare option regardless of the model year. We're looking at two-digit production numbers here.

More HEMI gems are parked inside, where they are safe from the elements. One of them is a 1969 Super Bee. Dodge sold 27,800 units that year, but only 166 were ordered with the 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) mill. It's parked near its Plymouth twin, the 1969 Road Runner. The latter was a big hit in 1969, with 81,105 examples delivered, but HEMI output included only 797 units.

Even though it's being used as a workbench, this Mopar appears to be fairly complete. It's also a post car, which makes it one of 356 made. And whether it's a manual or an automatic, it's one of 194 or 162 examples built, respectively.

The shop is also home to a pair of Plymouth Superbirds. A one-year gem sold in 1970, this homologation special saw daylight in nearly 2,000 units. Seeing two of them side by side outside a car show is a rare treat. Both are four-barrel 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) V8 cars. These are more common than the HEMI but still relatively rare at a little more than 1,100 made.

Speaking of homologation specials, the photos posted toward the end of the video show a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A. Also a one-year gem, the T/A was produced in street guise to enable Dodge to race the Challenger in the SCCA Trans-Am series. The company sold 2,399 units.

But the truly spectacular thing about this T/A is that it's a factory FM3 Panther Pink car. Offered for only a few months as a spring color, this bright pink is very rare. Most Mopar historians agree that less than 0.5% of the Challengers delivered in 1970 were finished in this hue, so we might be looking at one of fewer than ten units produced.

So, are any of these cars for sale? Officially, they're not listed anywhere. However, our host says the owner is willing to part ways with a few of them. If you fancy anything, go ahead and contact the creator of this video to get in touch with the owner.

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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