Black on blue - It doesn't get more 70's than that!
I'm not an overall fan of black cars. Some cars pull it off, but most don't. To me, they seem to loose characteristic body lines, as it's all a sea of dark, light-stealing paint. I can't really explain it. That's just the way I feel. Dirt, dust and scratches show extremely well too. I've once owned a black painted car and I swear it gave me OCD - the damn thing was never ever clean enough. But with every rule, there's an exception.
The 1970 Plymouth Cuda is a perfect exception of the rule. It's one of my all time favorite cars, although I am more partial to it's sister, the Dodge Challenger, but anyhow - this car can pull it off, and it's all thanks to the entire package. The dog-dish capped steel wheels, the argent shaker poking through the hood and that beautifull (to me) sea of deliciously blue colored interior. Look at it. Give it a chance. Let it sink in. I can almost guarantee you'll like it. It's like salty liquorice on a sundae. Sounds weird, but is truly the perfect blend.
Just look at that wonderfull wilderness of blue. I wonder if you'd actually drown sitting in those seats?
This one is powered by the 390 horsepower 440 6-barrel(six pack in Dodge terms) V8. It's a 4-speed too, and a Track Pak (intentially misspelled by Plymouth) Dana 60 rear end filled with 3.54:1 gears makes it fun on the drags but somewhat pleasant cruising the motorways. All of that and the color makes it rear. In all they built 17 Convertible Cudas with the 440-6bbl for 1970. Of those, it's a one of one. It has a sister-car, a similarly equipped, color and all, except one thing: The other one has a Hemi under its hood. I've had the pleasure of seeing that very car at the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (also known as MCACN) in Rosemont, Illinois. Both cars a low milage examples. The 440 car has been restored. The Hemi-car however is a bit more worse for wear, but still as cool nevertheless. If not cooler.
Sadly these cars are out of reach, for most of us. They have become symbols of a bygone era of greatness, when there were no replacement for displacement. The represent the zenith of american muscle performance, launched in a time with rising insurrance premiums and the lurking evilness of the EPA and its emissions-controlling legislations that really harmed production numbers. As a result, they are truly rare automobiles and therefore command big money. How much you ask? Well, this one is expected to fetch somewhere between 1 and 1,25 million dollars. Now go empty that savings account! Or sell your kids. This one's pricey!
Until next time - Happy motoring!