CLASSIC – ’70 Hemi ‘Cuda — Will this dream muscle car sink or swim at auction?

So, the Hemi ‘Cuda is your ultimate car and you reckon it will forever stay a dream? Well maybe not, if this pristine ’70 original has anything top do with it.

This stunning example of quite possibly America’s ultimate ‘70s muscle car comes under the gavel as a no-reserve lot at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale fall auction 22-24 October. Which means that whatever the price attained when that Arizona hammer drops, this 33,000-mile original with matching numbers and a squirt of fresh rally red, will sell.

There’s as much a chance of our little red ‘Cuda selling for an absolute bargain, as it has of fetching a new record. Point is, if you do not bid and it sells for a silly small sum, you’ll only have yourself to blame. And if it does fetch megabucks, then at least you can say you tried!


The second scenario is however inevitable, considering that only 284 examples of this 431-horse 490 foot-pound 426-cube four-on-the-floor supercar ever rolled off the production line a half-century back. 

This particular car saw light of day for the first time on April 8 1970. Packing a pistol grip gearknob and ‘Shaker Hood’ protruding through the bonnet, a hopped-up Dana 60 Super Track Pak rear axle suggests its original owner wanted to be king of the road. 

That much is also evident by its sleeper standard 15-inch steel rims in the same rally hue, with patrol car chrome hubcaps.

Another highlight is the original black and white interior complete with leather on vinyl sports, additional gauges and a Music Master radio. All of which original specification will be verified by the documentation sitting in the cubby, come auction day.

Its original spec added $ 871 to this Hemi ‘Cuda’s relatively dear $ 3,164 price tag back in the day. Similar cars are on the market at some way beyond $ 1-million, but it remains to be seen if and how lockdown has affected auction values…

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