Say what you will about the Hemi Cuda, but it deserves its spot in muscle car history. Starting out life as an unassuming sports coupe in the early 60s, it quickly transformed into a fire-breathing, no-nonsense American icon, both on the road and the track.
Today, finding a Cuda in pristine condition isn’t easy—or cheap. Lucky for you, four of them are headed to Mecum’s Indianapolis auction on May 17-21, just make sure to have your checkbook handy.
1968 Plymouth Barracuda B029 Super Stock
This isn’t your average Cuda. This wasn’t some garage queen held up in a climate-controlled environment for almost 50 years. The Barracuda B029 Super Stock you see here took the drag world by storm in the late 60s and early 70s. In 1969, it won the NHRA Winternationals, campaigned by Don Grotheer.
Everything about this car is restored to its former glory, including the 4-speed gearbox and the 426 CI Hemi V8. But all that racing history won’t come cheap. Estimates have this one going somewhere between $450,000-$550,000.
1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was a garage queen. It was held up in a climate-controlled environment for almost 50 years. Though, it’s hard to complain, especially if you’re looking to pick it up for your collection.
This one-owner, unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda might be the cleanest example of the iconic muscle car this writer has ever seen. It only has 10,945 miles on the odometer, and even keeps the factory fresh Deep Burnt Orange Metallic paint in tact. Want it? You’re staring down the barrel of a $425,000-$525,000 estimate.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
Only 59 examples of the Cuda you see here were built in this spec—with a Hemi/4-speed driveline. Even rarer still, of those 59, it’s one of the only vehicles that came equipped not with some bright Hi-Impact color scheme, but rather, a sinister TX9 Black and white finish.
It’s pristine, from top to bottom, with only 31,800 original miles on the odometer. But this pretty Cuda won’t go cheap; early estimates have it somewhere between $700,000-$850,000
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Pro Stock
Of the four Cudas on this list, this example will undoubtedly be the biggest draw for enthusiasts. It’s a real, genuine, 1971 Cuda Pro Stock driven by Ronnie Sox, in which he won five IHRA crowns and two open events.
It was carefully restored after its retirement in 2003, where it was then handed over to its new owner as part of Mecum’s 2007 Belvidere auction. When it hits the block in Indianapolis later this month, estimates have it going somewhere between $850,000-$1,100,000.
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