Lot 60
1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda



• 1 of only 59 four-speed Hemi ‘Cudas produced for 1971
• Less than 2,300 original miles since new
• Original Broadcast Sheet accompanies car
• Exceptional condition throughout
• Legendary 426 Hemi power

426 cid OHV Hemi V-8 engine, two four-barrel Carter AFB carburetors, 425 HP at 5,000 RPM, four-speed manual transmission with Dana 60 axle, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, front torsion bar suspension, rear live-axle suspension

Chrysler Corporation used the Hemi to transform its products and image from dull and utilitarian to exciting and fast, starting in the early 1950s. After retiring the original Hemi later in the same decade, an all-new 426 cubic-inch Hemi engine appeared in 1966. The 426 Street Hemi was designed for one purpose: performance. In the late 1960s and early 1970s it acquired a reputation for massive power and racing prowess, establishing a new American icon that would make the Hemi a legend. Among all the different Street Hemi cars built, one of the most famous, attractive and desirable are the 1970-1971 E-body Plymouth ‘Cudas. Combining the brute strength of the Hemi’s power and torque with the ‘Cuda’s lightweight, sleek and refined body. The first Barracuda was introduced in 1964 and in the late 1960s Chrysler engineering and Hurst performance squeezed Race Hemi engines into the Barracuda’s then tight engine compartment for NHRA drag racing. Seventy-five were built, sold and successfully campaigned around the country by different race teams. When the Barracuda was redesigned for the 1970 model year, the engine compartment was enlarged enough to easily accommodate the legendary 425 horsepower, 426 cubic-inch Street Hemi. Many collectors consider Plymouth Barracuda to be the cleanest, most refined and elegant of all the pony car designs. Distinguished by its wide grille, long flat hood, short rear deck and muscularly raised rear fenders (perhaps deliberately shaped like the haunches of an animal crouching before a leap), the appearance of the Hemi ‘Cuda left no doubt that this was a serious performance car. The all-lowercase ‘hemicuda’ on the sides of the shaker hood intake, plus the large HEMI “billboard” graphics on the side of the car informed would-be stoplight challengers know this machine is all business under the hood.

Hemi-powered ‘Cudas were produced for only two years, 1970 and 1971, and are unsurprisingly rare. Their low production numbers reflect the undeniable fact that the combination of the ‘Cuda platform and the Street Hemi engine was expensive: $871.45 in 1970 and $883.90 in 1971, a full 70 percent more than the 440 cubic-inch 390-horsepower Six Pack. A Hemi ‘Cuda was not for the casual driver, nor for the budget-minded. Buying one took a serious commitment, backed up by a generous amount of cash. In 1971, records indicate that only 107 ‘Cuda hardtops were produced for the 1971 model year. Of those, 59 cars were equipped with a four-speed manual transmission such as this car.

This beautiful example has been carefully restored from a low mileage, rust-free original car and looks spectacular finished in its correct factory color scheme of Sno-White with a black interior that features optional leather front seats. Along with running the legendary Hemi engine, this car has the desirable four-speed manual transmission with pistol grip shifter. The 426 cubic-inch engine is original to the car with correct matching numbers, as well as a beefy Dana 60 Track-Pack differential with 4.10:1 gearing. Additional features on this all-business powerhouse include Rallye wheels, Goodyear Polyglas GT raised white letter tires and the attractive Rallye dash gauge package. Having only been driven less than 2,300 miles since new, this rare Hemi ‘Cuda has never been modified for racing and is in incredible original condition as a result. This iconic Hemi ‘Cuda is at the top of the list of rare and collectable muscle cars.

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