Repair or Replace: Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

Click Here to Begin Slideshow The Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Those words automatically sound badass, don’t they? When surfing around Hot Rod Hotline, a RacingJunk sister website, searching for inspiration I came across this jewel you see before you! She’s a looker, isn’t she? This particular Hemi ‘Cuda sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 for a cool $147,000 (plus fees). That happens to be around $143,000 more than the car cost back in 1970. I’d wager any person who previously owned a Hemi ‘Cuda of any year is kicking themselves in the rear. Who can blame them? Plymouth offered buyers three versions of their redesigned Barracuda beginning in 1970. The version that would later make the largest splash at auctions across the globe is the sports model often referred to as the ‘Cuda. Chrysler discontinued the Plymouth nameplate in 2001 with the outgoing Neon. It wasn’t an exciting car; nothing from Chrysler at the time was. Automotive collectors soon knew if they wanted a Chrysler product with the Plymouth nameplate they’d need to go back to the dawn of American muscle to find something of value. In reality, that wasn’t a bad place to start looking. The Plymouth ‘Cuda ranges widely in price depending on options and if it’s a convertible. Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles are worth their weight in gold and very few were built. In 2002, a convertible ‘Cuda became the first American muscle car to sell at auction for more than $1 million. That’s a pretty serious accolade, and even better company for a car that didn’t sell well when it was new. Are you in the market for one of the coolest muscle cars of all time? If you are, congratulations; you’re McDuck rich. If not, then you can stick around and check out these photos and daydream like the rest of us. There’s no shame in that, right?

Repair or Replace: Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda

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The Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Those words automatically sound badass, don’t they? When surfing around Hot Rod Hotline, a RacingJunk sister website, searching for inspiration I came across this jewel you see before you! She’s a looker, isn’t she? This particular Hemi ‘Cuda sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 for a cool $147,000 (plus fees). That happens to be around $143,000 more than the car cost back in 1970. I’d wager any person who previously owned a Hemi ‘Cuda of any year is kicking themselves in the rear. Who can blame them? Plymouth offered buyers three versions of their redesigned Barracuda beginning in 1970. The version that would later make the largest splash at auctions across the globe is the sports model often referred to as the ‘Cuda.

Chrysler discontinued the Plymouth nameplate in 2001 with the outgoing Neon. It wasn’t an exciting car; nothing from Chrysler at the time was. Automotive collectors soon knew if they wanted a Chrysler product with the Plymouth nameplate they’d need to go back to the dawn of American muscle to find something of value. In reality, that wasn’t a bad place to start looking. The Plymouth ‘Cuda ranges widely in price depending on options and if it’s a convertible. Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles are worth their weight in gold and very few were built. In 2002, a convertible ‘Cuda became the first American muscle car to sell at auction for more than $1 million. That’s a pretty serious accolade, and even better company for a car that didn’t sell well when it was new. Are you in the market for one of the coolest muscle cars of all time? If you are, congratulations; you’re McDuck rich. If not, then you can stick around and check out these photos and daydream like the rest of us. There’s no shame in that, right?

1970 Fun Facts from the Past

F.Y.I. A gallon of gasoline cost you 36 cents in 1970.

Living in 1970: The average yearly income was just over $6000 dollars.

In the Movies 1970: “MASH” starring Donald Sutherland and Sally Kellerman was a big hit at the box office in 1970.

Billboard Charts 1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel won a Grammy for “Song Of The Year” in 1970.

Fact: Unemployment in the United States was just short of 5% in 1970.

1970 College Basketball Champs: UCLA

Miss America 1970: Pamela Eldred

Repair or Replace

1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda
Online Pricing: $50k+
Quick Look Paint:
❖ Fenders x2-
❖ Doors x2-
❖ Rockers x2-
❖ Hood-
❖ Grill-
❖ Decklid-
❖ Rear Body Panel-
❖ Racing Stripes/Decals
❖ Add for jams on all parts-
❖ Undercoating-
❖ Misc-$$$$-
❖ Materials-
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(Paint) Labor and Materials- $6k + (Media Blast)- $1K

Quick Look Body:
❖ Body (Glass, Trim, Interior, Exterior,)- $5k+
❖ Repair existing damage after media blasting.
❖ 200 hrs repair at $100 a billable hr. (including prime and block).
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(Body)-Labor and materials- $25k

Quick Look Total: (Body, Paint, Parts, Material, Etc.) = $80k+

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