You’re looking at a unicorn. It’s as rare to discover a Concours-level restored Mopar muscle car. However, this 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Restomod boasts its original 426 Hemi V8, dual four-barrel carbs, and four-on-the-floor. If you want an original ‘Cuda in better condition than the factory, continue on…
284 1970 Hemi 4-speed Cudas were made. In addition, you will likely never find another one at this level of detail or originality. This one is the product of a careful rotisserie restoration. Before reapplying FC7, they ensured sure the original sheet metal’s gap tolerances exceeded manufacturer standards. And the results are stunning. More than any other Mopar, this In-Violet paint lives up to its High Impact color label.
Glossy paint reflects distinctive elements like the rear fender kick-up. The level of detail will please Mopar fans. All the glass is crystal clear, the forceful red streak in the front is vivid, the rocker panels are perfect, and even the back bumper fits so well that it displays restomod’s style. This one has a shaker hood, hood pins, Hemi hockey stick stripes, and Rallye wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires.
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA HEMI RESTOMOD – Interior
Just like the exterior, there was a heavy investment inside to make sure it is fresh, pristine, and correct. White interiors are what we love in 1970s machines, and this one is looking pristine on the high-back bucket seats, side panels, and headliner. But thankfully, the carpeting and console are black so you never have to worry about dirty shoes before hopping in on a whim and going for a drive. Plymouth loved to surround the driver.
This is a center console car. In addition, it has an iconic pistol-grip shifter molded into the contoured setup. Plus, flanking the sporty three-spoke steering wheel are your controls for heat/defrost and AM radio that still has the working 8-track (yes, the level of detail is that comprehensive to make it feel like 1970 all over again.) It even has the correct optional A62 Rallye Instrument Cluster Package with the important tach prominently in the center.
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA HEMI RESTOMOD – Under The Hood
Under the 1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA HEMI RESTOMOD hood is why so much time and money was invested in this classic. Underneath that big, bright shaker is the 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors. This is an original motor to the car, and we have the Galen Govier documentation to prove it.
The level of detail fits with the meticulous nature of the rest of the car. That’s why you see amazing paint in the engine bay mixed with the correct factory decals. And as you dig deeper, you will even see the correct factory marking re-created. In fact, we invite you to look at all the photos, especially the undercarriage ones.
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA HEMI RESTOMOD – Underside
The freshness of the components is amazing, and the level of paint quality under there is better than some classics get on the hood. And while the details are amazing, don’t forget that this is a true driver’s machine. The big V8 fires up with an authority-commanding growl; the original A833 four-speed gives you full command of the Hemi’s power and thunderous soundtrack, and Super Trak Pack limited-slip rear end with 4.10 gear is there for power take-offs. Plus, power steering and front disc brakes create a unicorn that’s easy to harness.
Mated to either a four-speed manual or a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic, the 426 HEMI enabled the Cuda to charge from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.8 seconds, an outstanding figure for the era. The 0-to-100-mph sprint stood at 13 seconds, while the top speed was rated at 117 mph.
A scant 108 hardtops were built with Hemis and just 11 convertibles had Street Hemi power. Four-speed manual Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles are the rarest of all with just three built.
1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible – $3.5 million. The Cuda was sold in 2014 for $3.5 million at the Seattle Mecum auto auction and is the most expensive Chrysler to have ever been sold.