As popular as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and Cuda were, (50,617 cars sold) buyers went AWOL in 1971, when Chrysler sold just 16,159. Of those, 108 were Hemi Cuda coupes and 11 were Hemi Cuda convertibles. Only two of the convertibles were sold with 4-speeds. This blue car is one of the them
It just became the most expensive Mopar ever sold at auction.
Said to be the only numbers-matching 4-speed Hemi Cuda convertible in existence, it pulled a whopping $3.5 million at the Mecum auction in Seattle last weekend. The car, which was restored in 2000, has an interesting provenance. Once owned by Broom Hilda cartoonist Russell Meyers, it was sold to its next owner for $250,000. It was later confiscated in a drug raid and subsequently sold at auction for $405,000. That owner traded it to this weekend's seller for a number of Corvettes.
Visually, it's all business, with painted steelies, a shaker hood, and hood pins. Fiscally, it's now big business, having set a new bar for Mopar Muscle. That said, another car pulled an even higher bid at the same auction—.