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AUCTION: This Beautiful 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible Crosses The Block Next Weekend!

Rallye Red & Black Cuda Convertible Looks Beautiful...

The Plymouth Barracuda is undoubtedly one of the best-looking cars to come out of Detroit, during the “muscle car” era. The E-body Mopar especially looked breathtaking in its convertible form, which was only available during the 1970 and 1971 model years. The Barracuda E-body itself only lasted for five years on the market, yet one of the best-known nameplates from the iconic former Plymouth brand.

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible. (Mecum).

One great example of these cars will be crossing the Mecum Glendale auction block this month.

This 1971 Plymouth Cuda convertible, is a well-documented and maintained example of the iconic muscle car. Sold brand new from West Side Motors in Newark, New Jersey, the Cuda still has its original sheet metal and number-matching engine. Documented with its original broadcast sheet and window sticker, the car is 1 of just 87 Cuda convertibles powered by the 6.3-liter (383 cubic-inch) Super Commando big-block V8. 

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible. (Mecum).

The 383 features a 4-barrel carburetor and made 300 horsepower and 410 ft.-lb. of torque when it left the factory. The 383 is mated to a 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and 8.75-inch differential. 

While the original base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible was just over $3,400, this particular car was pretty well-optioned. This example features power steering, power brakes with front discs, and even factory air conditioning.

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible. (Mecum).

Painted in the beautiful Rallye Red (E5) exterior color, the Cuda convertible features a black power convertible top and eye-popping black “383” billboard stripes. Also enhancing the exterior appeal of the car is a rear-deck “Go Wing”, dual body-color exterior mirrors, and the standard Cuda touches like hood pins, sport hood, 1971 gill front fenders, and rocker moldings. There is also a set of Magnum 500 wheels and white-lettered Goodyear F70-14 Polyglas tires. 

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible. (Mecum).

Inside, the Cuda features an all-black interior with bucket seats and a center console with a T-handle shifter. Other interior highlights include an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, a three-spoke steering wheel, and tinted glass. The combination of red and black are absolutely stunning to this day.

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible. (Mecum).

Mecum estimates that the car will go for $185,000 to $195,000 when the auction ends. The Cuda will cross the auction block on Saturday, March 19th. To see more pictures or to place a bid, you can check out the car’s dedicated page on the Mecum website.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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AUCTION: This Beautiful 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible Crosses The Block Next Weekend!​

Rallye Red & Black Cuda Convertible Looks Beautiful...​

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The Plymouth Barracuda is undoubtedly one of the best-looking cars to come out of Detroit, during the “muscle car” era. The E-body Mopar especially looked breathtaking in its convertible form, which was only available during the 1970 and 1971 model years. The Barracuda E-body itself only lasted for five years on the market, yet one of the best-known nameplates from the iconic former Plymouth brand.

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