Sleeping Beauty Awakes: ’70 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Comes Out of the Barn After 40 Years
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is a legendary muscle automobile built by Plymouth, a Chrysler Corporation division. It was famous for its strong engine options, elegant style, and muscle car attitude. The Hemi ‘Cuda had various engine options, including the famed 426 Hemi V8, which produced 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque.
The 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda came standard with a heavy-duty suspension, front disc brakes, and a Hurst shifter. It was offered as a 2-door hardtop or convertible. The trademark “Cuda” logos on the side gave it a sporty, muscular appearance, and the body was created with aerodynamics in mind.
This all-black ‘Cuda was found in Arkansas and had barely been driven for eight years. When the current owner bought the Mopar in 1978, it was missing its original 426 Hemi engine. Additionally absent were the bucket seats. He stored the ‘Cuda in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory as a road-legal muscle vehicle.
Over time, he began to acquire the missing components, and he even discovered an original Hemi V8 to install under the hood. But he never finished putting the automobile back together. Aside than a move from Memphis to Arkansas in 2011, the Barracuda sat in storage for over 40 years.
Despite having been in storage for 40 years, the automobile is in outstanding shape. The body is straight and true, with no corrosion or serious dents, and the original paint job shines brightly. The interior is equally remarkable, with all of the original features and accessories remaining. The only thing lacking is the massive 426 V8 engine, which is guaranteed to turn heads once it’s fired up.
One of 652 hard-top Hemi ‘Cudas built in 1970, this Mopar is actually one of only 284 cars fitted with both the 426 V8 and the four-speed manual gearbox. Sure, it’s not as rare as the Hemi Convertible, built in only 14 examples but it’s probably one of only a handful of black Hemi ‘Cudas still in existence today.
With its classic design and raw power, this car is sure to be a highlight in any collection and a true symbol of the muscle car era. Watch the full video below: