Plymouth Barracuda z 1970 roku stał się jednym z najbardziej pożądanych modeli na rynku musclecar’ów. Ten egzemplarz jest jednym z zaledwie 17 oryginalnych kabrioletów z silnikiem V-code 440-6 i manualną 4-biegową skrzynią. Wykończony w oryginalnym fabrycznym kolorze Black Velvet z niebieskim winylowym wnętrzem jest zarazem jedną z dwóch sztuk w takim zestawieniu kolorystycznym. Silnik V8 440 od Chrysler’a o wyposażony w trzy dwugardzielowe gaźniki generuje moc 390 KM i jest ostatnim big-blockiem z fabryki amerykańskiego giganta. Barracuda posiada także fabryczny pakiet torowy A33 (z przełożeniem 3,54). Ten zdobywca nagrody Mopar Nationals ma przebieg zaledwie 8160 mil i wyceniany jest przez dom aukcyjny Mecum na sumę przewyższającą milion dolarów. To niezwykle smakowity kąsek, który do tej pory nigdy nie był prezentowany tak szerokiej publiczności.
LOT F98 KISSIMMEE 2017 JAN 6-15
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA CONVERTIBLE
V-Code 440 Six Pack, 4-Speed, 1 of 17 Built
FROM THE TOM LEMBECK COLLECTION
Engine: 440/390 HP
ESTIMATE: $1,000,000 – $1,250,000
Factory V-Code 4-speed Cuda Convertible
1 of 17 produced in 1970
1 of 2 known multi-carbureted 1970 Cuda Convertibles with this color combination
8,160 miles since new
Original broadcast sheet
Meticulous professional restoration
Mopar Nationals award winner
Original matching numbers V-Code 440 Six Pack engine
Original matching numbers 4-speed transmission
Dual exhaust with bright tips
Shaker hood with hold down pins
A33 Track Pak with 3.54 gears
Black with Black longitudinal striping
Blue Bucket seat interior and top boot
White convertible top
Hurst Pistol Grip shifter
Heat and defrost
Wheel well and rocker moldings
Chrome driver’s mirror, road lamps
Painted steel wheels with Dog Dish hubcaps
Goodyear polyglas tires
Known in the Mopar community as the black widow car
In general, Mopar collectors appreciate every nuance that helps create a car’s uniqueness, and both large and small details help distinguish each car from another. It is well-known that the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda has become one of the highest-demand models in today’s muscle marketplace. Moving that design into the performance-oriented Cuda subcategory meant powertrain and dress-up options, and being built as a convertible slims the available group of authentic cars down even further. In turn, those cars specifically have grown greatly in terms of desirability. The Cuda offered here meets all of those criteria.
As a real V-code 440-6 model, this was one of the mere 17 Six Pack E-body Plymouth convertibles produced for 1970 with a 4-speed transmission. This was also a Y07 Canadian-export car whose first impression is so unique that people do a reflexive double take when first looking it over. The Cuda is finished in Black Velvet with factory black striping and a deluxe blue vinyl interior; within the multi-carbureted Cuda convertible category, only this example and one other, a Hemi Cuda, came in this TX9 paint/H6 interior combination. Beyond that, this Plymouth is already well-known in the Mopar hobby. It has sometimes been referred to as “the black widow car” because of an incident involving black widow spiders found inside it when it first came into a restoration shop after years of California-based dry storage. Its color-contrasting white top creates a beautiful accent to the combination, which is augmented by low mileage, spectacular condition and original factory-installed driveline components.
The odometer on this car shows 8,160 miles since new. The body-based hidden serial numbers are verified on its factory sheet-metal structure, with all the special convertible model and 440-6 package torque boxes and chassis changes that were installed by Chrysler for heavy-duty usage. A partial broadcast sheet and its original fender tag still intact document that the car indeed left Chrysler, as seen here.
The driveline is the 440/390 HP Six Pack, Chrysler’s grand-finale big-block powerplant of the high-compression era. It is equipped with the factory extreme-duty internals and is verified date-correct for this car’s November 1969 creation. As noted, the block-stamped VIN matches the car’s other numbers, while the still-existent A33 axle package consists of the matching-numbers A833 4-speed transmission and correct 3.54-geared Dana 60 Sure Grip differential.
Of course, curb appeal matters on cars like this, and it presents itself stunningly. A subtle touch, black hockey-stick stripes ending with 440 callouts serve as a stealth warning to potential competitors. However, more visual would be its dual exhaust tips, the argent-color Shaker scoop with 440-6 Cuda chrome trim, hood pins, chrome wheel wells and rocker moldings, road lamps, a chrome driver’s mirror and oft-missing correct 450-code painted 15×7 steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps and Goodyear Polyglas tires. Whether with the top up in white or with the top down with blue interior and correctly matched blue top boot showing, this is a car with major eye appeal.
As for the interior, this north-of-the-border export got the heater/defroster combination when ordered. Code H6 installed the blue high-back bucket seats and accompanying accessory panels, with the Hurst Pistol Grip shifter floor-mounted up through the blue carpet. The dash features the signature Barracuda podded design and wood-grain applique. The Save-A-Spare spare and air canister are in the trunk.
Following its professional restoration, the car became a Mopar Nationals award winner. More recently, it had been a highlight of a noted private collection and shown publically only on rare occasions. We are honored to showcase this one-of-one 440-6 Cuda convertible.