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’71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible sells for $3.5M [w/video]

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1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

We’re plenty used to seeing classic cars selling for millions of dollars. It’s just that they’re usually European: Ferraris, Bugattis, Mercedes and the like. There are some rare American exceptions, usually wearing the names Duesenberg or Shelby. But what we have here is the most expensive Chrysler product ever sold at auction.

The vehicle in question is a Plymouth Barracuda – specifically a 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible, chassis #BS27R1B315367 – that Mecum Auctions just sold after eight solid minutes of feverish bidding for a high bid of $3.5 million at its auction in Seattle, Washington. That figure positively eclipses the $2.2 million paid for a strikingly similar Hemi Cuda (chassis #BS27R1B269588) fetched nearly seven years ago in Scottsdale and another that was the first muscle car to break the million-dollar mark in 2002.

This rare Hemi Cuda convertible is one of just 11 made in 1971, one of just two four-speed examples delivered in the US, and the only one with its original powertrain. That makes this a unique matching-numbers example, helping to drive up its desirability and, subsequently, its price. Watch the footage from the auction floor below and check out the gallery of high-resolution images above for a closer look at what Mecum calls “the Holy Grail of muscle cars.”

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June 16th, 2014

Plymouth Barracuda still looks great at 50

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April 17, 2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang. This isn’t just the year of Ford’s legendary pony car, though. It also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Chrysler’s entry into the pony car wars – the Plymouth Barracuda.

The ‘Cuda, as it would become known, was originally a performance-minded trim level of the ho-hum Valiant. This much we know. But did you know the lengths that Chrysler went in order to learn what Ford was up to with the Mustang project, and to develop the Barracuda accordingly? Let’s just say there were private investigators involved.

In honor of its fiftieth birthday, Hemmings has a great recap of the car’s history, from its time as the Valiant Barracuda, through to the 1968 model shown above, to when it simply became known as the Cuda and on to its untimely death in 1974. It’s a great read for fans of not just Chrysler history, but for those of the classic era of muscle and pony cars in general. Hop over and give it a read. You can also scroll down and have a look at a period advertisement for the 1966 Barracuda that we found on YouTube.

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Plymouth Barracuda still looks great at 50 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 17th, 2014

Video: Petrolicous torques about 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

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1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

There are classic muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, and then there are rare classic muscle cars – vehicles like this 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. Walk down Metro Detroit’s Woodward Avenue on the third Saturday of August, and even in that sea of Americana that is the Woodward Dream Cruise, you’d be hard pressed to find many Cudas. What ones you did come across would likely be the larger third-generation cars.

This is not one of those. The second-gen Barracuda is a relative rarity in the world of American muscle, and Bob Gough’s 1967 Formula S is rarity among those rarities. The Barracuda Formula S was an attempt at the best of both worlds – a straight-line muscle car that could also handle the turns, and it’s earned a reputation as one of the more drivable cars to come out of 1960s America. Gough’s example drives even better, thanks to some aftermarket modifications that include a Tremec five-speed manual, 15-inch custom wheels and a Mopar 340-cubic-inch V8, in place of the stock 273.

It’s a gorgeous, and as muscle cars go, rare car that’s made all the better by the coverage from the team at Petrolicious. Have a look below for the full video.

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February 12th, 2014

Auctions: Barrett-Jackson 2014: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird passes half a million dollars

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1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

The Plymouth Superbird is one of those classic American cars from the muscle car era that has captured the imagination of all sorts of automotive enthusiasts long after its presence on roads and race tracks wore away. It’s easy to see why. Where else but in the Swingin’ Sixties and Seventies would a car leave the factory with an aerodynamics package that included a pointy beak and a rear spoiler that sat several feet above the rear deck?

The example you see above, which was born in 1970, is one of the finest Superbirds we’ve ever seen. Combine its complete restoration with its original 426 Hemi engine, and it’s no surprise that it managed to bring in a cool half million dollars (plus 10 percent in fees) at Barrett-Jackson. See it yourself in our high-res image gallery above, and scroll down below for the official auction description.

If you want to follow along with the coverage, check out the Hagerty Fantasy Bid online game here.

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January 18th, 2014

Maybe These Hated American Cars Don’t Deserve The Hate

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Maybe These Hated American Cars Don't Deserve The Hate

Nobody really ever sticks up for cars like the last Ford Thunderbird, the Chevrolet SSR, or the Plymouth Prowler. But OppositeLock’s Jarod Rose argues that they have more merits than you might think.

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January 15th, 2014

Meet The Guys Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 65 Hours (In 1931)

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Meet The Guys Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 65 Hours (In 1931)

Ed Bolian may have been able to cross the country in just 28 hours and 50 minutes in a modified Mercedes CL55 AMG and modern highways, but in 1931, things were a lot more difficult. Here’s the story, courtesy of The Plymouth Bulletin, of the men who did it first, one of whom was Earl Pribek, uncle to John Z. DeLorean. — Ed.

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January 8th, 2014
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