In the world of classic muscle cars, few names command as much respect as the 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda. This particular specimen, currently up for auction on BringATrailer.com, boasts a remarkable history that spans generations. With only 368 models produced for that year, its rarity is matched only by its power and performance. Let’s delve into the intriguing story of this Rallye Red beauty known by the drag racing moniker “Warlock.”
Originally owned by a drag racing enthusiast, this ‘Cuda saw its fair share of action under the fierce alias “Warlock.” For years, it tore up the strip, leaving a trail of competitors in its thunderous wake. This connection to drag racing lore lends an extra layer of mystique to an already iconic car.
In 2015, the car transitioned from the original owner’s family to the skilled hands of Rouze Rod & Custom in Milwaukie, Oregon. Over the course of several years, a meticulous refurbishment took place, culminating in 2018. This comprehensive overhaul included the installation of a replacement 426 HEMI V8, overbored for added performance, ensuring that the heart of this ‘Cuda beats with even more intensity.
Draped in its original Rallye Red hue, the ‘Cuda exudes a timeless allure. Black HEMI hockey stripes were added during the restoration, accentuating its aggressive stance. The Shaker hood, front fog lamps, and body-color elastomeric bumpers pay homage to the era’s distinctive styling.
- R11 – Music Master two-watt AM radio
- V5X – Black bodyside molding / protective vinyl bodyside inserts, includes pinstripe on 1970 Barracuda / ‘Cuda
- Y05 – Built for US market
- 26 – 26-inch Radiator
- EN1 – End of sales codes
- M88 – Taillight panel molding
- N41 – Dual exhaust
- N42 – Bright exhaust tips
- N85 – Tachometer
- N96 – Fresh air package, Shaker hood
- C55 – Bucket seats
- G36 – Painted racing mirrors: driver-side remote adjusting, passenger-side manual adjusting
- J45 – Hood tie-down pins
- M21 – Drip rail moldings
- M25 – Body sill moldings
- N31 – Optional engine compression ratio
- FE5 – Rallye Red paint
- A22 – Elastomeric bumper group
- A32 – Super Performance Axle Package, 4.10:1 final drive, 9¾” Dana 60 axle w/Sure Grip differential, HEMI suspension handling package, power front disc brakes
- A62 – Rallye instrument cluster, woodgrain instrument panel, three-speed variable windshield wipers with electric washers
- B51 – Power-assisted brakes
- C16 – Center console with woodgrain trim
- H6X9 – Black vinyl bucket seats, high trim grade
- 000 – Full door panel
- A06 – October 6, 1969, scheduled build date
- 031970 – Vehicle order number
- E74 – 426 HEMI V8, dual four-barrel carburetors, 425 horsepower
- D32 – A727 Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission
- BS23 – Plymouth ’Cuda, special price class, two-door hardtop
- R0B – 426 HEMI V8, 1970 model year, Hamtramck, Michigan assembly
- 146694 – Sequential number
The powerhouse of this ‘Cuda is a 431 cubic-inch HEMI V8, sourced from a 1970 model and expertly rebuilt. It boasts dual Carter four-barrel carburetors and a body-color Shaker Bubble, a testament to the attention to detail that defines this restoration. The engine’s growl is matched only by its raw power, delivering an exhilarating driving experience.
Stepping into the cabin reveals a beautifully appointed interior featuring black vinyl upholstery, harmonizing with the exterior’s bold aesthetic. The woodgrain three-spoke steering wheel frames a Rallye instrument cluster, showcasing a 150-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and a clock – all testament to the ‘Cuda’s performance pedigree.
Accompanying the car are a treasure trove of documentation, including refurbishment photos, records, and even car show awards. This ‘Cuda comes with a clean Minnesota title in the seller’s name, affirming its authenticity and provenance.
This 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda stands as a testament to an era when muscle cars ruled the roads and drag strips. With its rich history, meticulous restoration, and undeniable performance, it represents a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. As the bidding on BringATrailer.com draws to a close on September 30th at 1:00 p.m. EDT., a new custodian will have the chance to continue the legacy of this extraordinary automotive icon. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of automotive history.
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