Check out this $6million Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible
A one of 12 rarity, with a manual gearbox and interiors as good as new
Last week, news of a rare one-off Chevrolet Corvette Manta Ray GT up for sale surfaced online. Popular auction house Mecum Auctions will be conducting the bid at Indianapolis mid-way through May. Though, if Corvettes aren’t the perfect representation of muscle in your mind, this Plymouth could be the flex you’re looking for.
The same auction event will see a 1 of 12 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible go under the hammer later this month. The auction house estimates this convertible muscle car, finished in Winchester Gray - the only one in ‘71 with this paint scheme, to fetch approximately an eye-watering $6million! Usually, Plymouths aren’t known to fetch such massive numbers, and yet this model is deemed to do so.
It could be due to its two-decade-long ownership by a single-owner who occasionally used to take it out for drives. These occasions must’ve been quite frequent as the odometer shows a 98,553kms or about 60,000 miles reading, accompanied by a special 240kph speedometer. The unique speedometer featured here comes courtesy of its intended destination - Europe. Out of the 12 Cuda convertibles that left the factory, seven were intended for the domestic market and the remaining five for the international market. This particular example constituted the latter and originally shipped to France before the seller bought it in ‘93 and got it shipped back.
Originality plays a big role in assessing the value of such classics. And this Plymouth is an all-original unit. From the above-mentioned speedometer to the 426/425 horsepower Hemi V8 engine, this Cuda boasts of mechanicals with matching numbers. Of the 12, only three models opted for the A833 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter and this was one.
The original owner must’ve been a driving enthusiast, as that explains the manual gearbox coupled to a Dana 60 differential. Further validation comes from the A33 Track Pak option that was opted for, incorporating a 26-inch radiator, seven-blade viscous fan, and Hemi suspension upgrades.
Stepping into the cabin must feel like stepping inside a brand new car but from the 70s. The high-black vinyl seats with wood-engrained dashboard, centre console and even steering wheel hardly look its age. If not an automatic gearbox, the owner selected other creature comforts such as power windows, a powered roof, a six-way driver’s seat and no radio. Because when you have a HEMI V8 in a convertible, would you really want to listen to the tunes?
With all these unique trim selections, driver-centric options and original mechanicals, this ‘71 Plymouth Cuda Convertible makes for a super-rare proposition. Add original documentation along with the sole owner aspect for the last two decades, and you’re looking at an expensive offering.