1974 Plymouth Cuda: Gamble Or Good Buy?

1974 Plymouth Cuda

I’m always amazed by some of the photos I see in people’s listing. I really do understand that not everyone has a talent for photography nor can everyone afford high end equipment, but you can get a cheap digital cameras just about anywhere (heck you could even ask one of the neighborhood kids to come take a couple photos for you with their smartphone). The seller of this ’74 Cuda really leaves me perplexed though, as it would appear that their photos are scans of photos. Were the photos taken recently on a 35mm or are they old photos? If they are recent, I can live with them, but if they are old it leaves me wondering why they didn’t post any more recent ones. Do they lack the ability to take new photos or are they trying to hide something? And it’s that last thought that really makes me worry. They claim everything has been gone through to make the 318 run, but they also admit it has a bit of rust, will need a headliner, dash pad, and carpets. If it really was stored in their barn since the ’80s, I would assume it doesn’t look as nice today as it did back when it was parked. This one could be a big gamble, unless you can go see it in person. Even though it doesn’t have one of the more desirable V8s, I still wouldn’t mind having this Cuda. You can take a closer look at it here on eBay in Selma, Indiana with bidding currently at $5,000.


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  1. Tom

    Photos are old. With only 170HP I think I would pass.

  2. JW

    With no recent color photos I also would have to pass.

  3. Ed P

    Some decent photos would be nice. It is hard to decide from the pictures provided. As to the 318 v8, nothing in ’74 had any power. Even the big blocks were hard pressed to make 250hp. The big thing would be to convert to fuel injection. That should give it some get up and go.

  4. RegularGuy55

    I have no specific knowledge about this Ebay listing, but in the past, I’ve seen scammers who post photos of cars sold elsewhere. When the auction closes, they ask for a cashiers check deposit. Naturally, the scam seller and your deposit disappear shortly afterwards. A variation on that scam involves the buyer pre-paying for ‘international shipping’ and customs duties.

    The most egregious example was a scammer who took photos from a memorial site of a Buick owner who passed away, then used them to create a fake ad.

  5. Ken Grider

    Seller states that the car has been in storage since the late 1980s but if I can make the license plate correctly it looks like the date it was last tagged was 1992. It’s not unusual to tag non running cars with hopes to get it in good running order but really my gut says that not everything is not quite what it seems.

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