If the claims are all true, this could be one of the most desirable Hemi Cudas to ever hit the market! The auction house says it’s the Holy Grail for Hemi lovers and well, I would have to agree with them. It is supposedly all original and unrestored. The most amazing claim though is that it has only covered 81 miles in the past 45 years! The story of how that happened is believable and only adds to the allure here. There is no doubt that Mopar enthusiasts will be lined up around the block at Indy to bid on this one when it gets auctioned off in May. Will you be there?
Apparently, the first owner purchased this beast strictly for drag racing duty. They removed the intake, exhaust, rear end, and tires before replacing them with heavy duty pieces. The stock parts were then carefully stored away before hitting the track. Unfortunately, the owner passed away after only one racing season though. The car then went through a series of wise owners. One of them mounted all the original parts back in their proper places and another replaced all the fluids and did a little fine tuning. Luckily, none of them seems to have had the desire to modify or restore anything on the car. Only to preserve it!
The muscle car bubble may have burst long ago, but there is no doubt in my mind that this Cuda is going to sell for some serious money. It could even set a new record. There is good reason for all this hype though. Cars this special don’t come along very often and especially not in this sort of condition. The auction house has obviously done their homework and surely the documentation proving all the claims will be provided to serious parties. Even if this wasn’t a completely original car, it would still be very impressive. The Tor Red paint and black interior look handsome and appear as new. The most exciting aspect though is the mighty Hemi residing under that Shaker hood!
The huge 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 was rated at 425 horsepower and 490 foot pounds of torque! That was some serious muscle for a street car. Many were used for racing, as was this car, but most ended up covering many more miles in their lifetimes. It’s doubtful that this beautifully preserved example will see any more miles either though because it will most likely go into a collection where Mopar fans can ogle it for decades to come. Personally, I would rather have something that could be used for a little stoplight drag action without the fear or destroying something so priceless. But, if you have a million bucks burning a hole in your pocket there are definitely worse ways to blow it!
Source: Mecum Auctions