For Sale: 1971 Plymouth Scamp
Everyone who knows racing knows MOPAR dominated the muscle car classes in the early ‘70s. Then, the oil embargo of 1973 and a strange public acceptance of econo boxes put an end to the era of high performance. The Valiant Scamp was introduced in 1971 and had a five year run of about 225,000 units. This lightweight body, available in showrooms only with a slant six or 318 CID V8, so they were not initially one of the high performance Plymouth muscle cars. But with some tweaking, this little hardtop with the same sheet metal as the Dodge Dart, and weighing in at a slight 2985 pounds, became serious competitor on the drag strips.
Few of this Plymouth model remain on the roads today, and most of them, like this car, have been transformed from their stock configurations to become hot little street machines. As the prices of the factory hot rod MOPARs soar out of sight, this is an affordable alternative that is street legal, and has time slips to back up a 10 second reputation.
The car gets its go from a 360 CID V8 built by JBA Racing Engines in San Diego. There is a two page list of high performance components in this ride and when you light it off, the women and kids run inside to hide as the ground starts shaking and the windows rattle for a block in all directions. One of the more unusual Plymouth models, this Scamp gets a ton of attention when cruising the car shows. A 999 automatic gear mixer transfers an estimated 450 horsepower to the Strange rear end with hardened axles, Magnum Force coilovers, and 4.71:1 gears.
The frame and torsion boxes are rust free. The body is in very good shape – no dents, patch panels or rust. The Amber Sherwood Metallic paint and Sherwood Green vinyl roof are original, but this car has a fiberglass hood, trunk lid which were painted to match the original hue. The fiberglass bumpers are satin silver. Inside, racing shells replace the bench seat and the rear seating has been jettisoned. A roll cage, 5 point restraints, and fire extinguisher give priority to safety over comfort, but riding in this little hot rod is not about comfort – it is about attitude.
As the fender tag codes applied at the factory show, this Scamp is not much like it came from the assembly line, but for the performance minded buyer, this is a lot of car for a reasonable price. The car rides on Centerline rims with Mickey Thompson rubber. If there is a little exhibitionist in you, there is also a water spray system that wets down the street at the push of a button for some burnout fun. Serious buyers are invited to come to Las Vegas to inspect this little package of MOPAR dynamite. If you are looking to trade up, a good running car plus cash might be considered. Thanks for looking!
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