BF AUCTION: 1970 Plymouth Cuda 340 Ending Soon!

UPDATE – We just wanted to remind everyone that this auction will be ending Monday morning at 10 a.m. MST!

We are excited to announce that BF Auctions are back! And we have the perfect car to kick things off. Sue C submitted her late husband’s Cuda a while back, but she told me at the time that she just wasn’t sure what to ask for it and she wondered if there was some way we could help her get fair market value for it. I instantly knew that this car needed to be offered as a BF Auction! Her husband loved this Mopar and did his best to keep it looking great, with it spending much of the past 20 years safely parked in the garage. It’s taken us a bit of time to get this auction ready as Sue wanted to make sure she had all the documentation ready to go for the auction, plus she really wanted to take it for one last spin before listing it. It’s now ready to go, so take a closer look, leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to register as a bidder!

What Makes It Special? My husband was the second owner of this numbers matching car. I have documentation from 1980 to the present. The car has been garaged for the last 20 years and is in nice condition. He started it about once a week until he passed away in October of 2018.

Body Condition: Minor surface rust in the engine compartment. No dents, all molding around windows, etc are in very nice condition. The bumpers have minimal pitting. There is rust in the trunk and underneath the car – my mechanic saw a poorly done repair on a quarter panel when it was on the lift.  The exterior looks good but I want to advertise it fairly.

Mechanical Condition: Needs a little work – the car will start with a little coaxing. Engine runs smooth and I’m not aware of any transmission issues. The power steering hose has been replaced and the brakes have just been sorted. The garage said everything is pretty good as far as engine transmission clutch.  The parts collection is pretty extensive but I would like everything taken with the car. I wanted to fulfill a promise to my husband and drive it to his resting place in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, so I had the work it needed performed to make sure it was safe to drive there and back. I have a storage bin and half the garage full of parts he brought over the years.  He wouldn’t use anything that wasn’t original or correct for his car but kept everything. He would forget what he had and order 3 or more of the same things-like jacks, radios, gauges, etc. A true Mopar lovers dream I would guess.

Over the past month or two, Sue has had a mechanic go over the car and it’s now running and driving great. She also was able to get photos of all the important numbers and has sent me copies so that I can verify that everything looks good. The car also includes a stash of Mopar parts, with lots of spares that will help get this car up to top-level condition. She honestly, isn’t sure what all is here, as there are lots of small parts so she took photos of everything and they can be seen below. There are lots of spares here including new interior bits and even brand new chrome trim pieces for the hood scoops!

Decoding the car’s VIN, shows that this is a genuine Cuda and is equipped with the H-Code 340 V8. It’s paired to a 4-speed manual, making for a fun and desirable combination. She sent over photos of the Trim tag, the build sheet, the engine numbers, and the transmission numbers. Everything appears to be correct except for the transmission, which has been upgraded from a 3-speed. I managed to decode a fair amount of the Broadcast sheet and fender tag, which revealed that this was a very well optioned car. It received the Sport Hood, dual exhaust with bright tips, the Sure Grip Axle, the lamp package, vinyl roof, Music Master radio and a number of other options.

We want to see this Cuda go to a good home! It looks like an amazing find and should be a blast for its next owner. And with all the spare parts, you should be able to bring it up to top condition without having to buy much, if anything. So, be sure to take a closer look at it and don’t forget to bid!

  • Location: Belleville IL
  • Mileage: 88,000
  • Title Status: Clean

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Bid On This Vehicle

High Bid: $22,500 (Reserve Not Met)
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Ended: May 6, 2019 4:00am
Top Bidder: Roger
Buyer Premium: 5%
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    Roger bid $22,500.00May 6, 2019 4:37am
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    George bid $21,000.00May 4, 2019 6:03pm
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    putiki1 bid $20,148.00May 4, 2019 4:35pm
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    Roger bid $18,000.00May 4, 2019 5:28am
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    putiki1 bid $17,648.00May 1, 2019 6:22pm
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    Michael bid $17,000.00May 1, 2019 5:14pm
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    George bid $15,700.00May 1, 2019 3:47pm
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    Michael bid $15,000.00May 1, 2019 10:13am
  • Martin  
    Martin bid $14,500.00Apr 30, 2019 5:25pm
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    putiki1 bid $12,568.00Apr 30, 2019 3:57pm
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    Chris bid $10,000.00Apr 30, 2019 1:58pm
  • funnycar  
    funnycar bid $8,000.00Apr 30, 2019 2:53am
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    robbie1948 bid $7,000.00Apr 29, 2019 10:34pm
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    Sco3racyn bid $6,288.00Apr 29, 2019 10:32pm
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    rod bid $6,000.00Apr 29, 2019 6:38pm
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    Darryl bid $5,250.00Apr 29, 2019 5:29pm
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    Tom bid $5,000.00Apr 29, 2019 11:02am

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Comments

  1. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    Wow, Tom is starting things off with a bang!

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    • Rubin Collazo

      Remind me not to keep anything my wife might just sell it when I’m gone.

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    • Rick Patterson

      Did it meet reserve ?

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        Unfortunately, no. Some info came out about some bodywork that wasn’t mentioned when we first started the auction and I’m afraid that hurt things a bit. Sue would rather hang onto it than let it go for the high bid.

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  2. Eugene Whitt

    No one mentioned what color this car is.

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    • Josh Mortensen Josh Mortensen Staff

      I just finished decoding the fender tag and as much of the broadcast sheet as I can read. I’ve added the results from e-bodies.org to the gallery. The color code shows that it left the factory in Jamaican Blue Metallic, which appears to be the color the car currently is.

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  3. Heath Parker

    Looks like it was factory blue

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  4. markp

    Phantasm Cuda!!!!

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    • cunnanm

      That was a 1971

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  5. brianashe Member

    Cuda good.

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  6. Danger Dan

    Favorite car ever

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  7. Wayne

    I want this car really bad! But I would have to sleep in it.
    I can not say a derogatory word about this car. I hope the widow gets a ton of money. ( sorry Tom)

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  8. Len

    My Father has the exact car in Plum Crazy with the automatic trans. Owned it since new and has 51,000 on the clock. That car has what I believe to be the most distinct and awesome exhaust sound that has ever come from an engine. I’ve driven a lot of cars and this is the only one that scares the hell outta me when you stomp on the throttle. Love that car.

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  9. cunnanm

    I think some of it looks pieced together already. Some of the parts are from different year E-bodies. The interior door panels have the fake wood trim, was that only on Grand Coupes? I’d like to know as I have been collecting E-body parts for a long time. You’re never too old to learn.

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    • Susan Carter

      It seems many Mopar discussions on this came to the conclusion that the wood grain “look” came with leather interior but not with vinyl. Can’t confirm but sounds reasonable.

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      • Len

        My Father ordered his new and it has the wood grain with vinyl. He has all of the original paperwork for the car but is terrible at keeping track of things. Its all in the garage somewhere.

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  10. Woody

    Bid far for Mopar! This one is worth the time and money for a great classic and looks like someone took good care to keep it in driving condition! Also with a nice collection of Moparts!

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  11. John Oliveri

    I hope she gets crazy money for it, it’s gotta be horrible knowing how much he loved it, I tell my wife and son, when I’m gone, whoever is gonna buy my 73 Grand Prix, if my son doesn’t want it, the deal is a contract, no 22 inch wheels, no young people, so they preserve it

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  12. WaltL

    V21 = performance hood treatment

  13. Henryfrederick

    I’m building this phantasm cuda replica. Part 3 of that movie used a real 70 hemicuda conv. The one listed here looks like an easy resto. I would not want to attempt those two 71 convertibles. Rough,rough.

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  14. schooner

    Sue, every dollar to you for the memory of him. The best to you and the memories from all of us at BF.

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  15. Troy s

    Nothing to say but the best of luck, Sue! Nice ride.

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  16. TimM

    It’s always a sad day when a wife (or kids) are selling something that her husband owned!! God rest your soul!! I hope your doing burnouts in heaven and leaving the devil in your dust!!!

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  17. Wayne

    Amen TimM, Amen!

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  18. David meichelbock

    I must say that cuda is in great shape I say it’s worth at least 20 grand easy good luck

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      It’s worth a lot more than $20k!

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  19. Rjc

    Great car ,with a boat load of great parts.
    The parts for e bodies are very expensive.
    Having been involved in restoring 3 barracudas I know how hard it is to find quality used parts.
    Good luck on the sale Sue.
    Love this car.

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  20. George

    I been looking for a nice project 👐🏻

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  21. RoughDiamond Member

    That is one of those “When was the last time you saw one that was not in an auction” cars and should be at least 30K bare minimum.

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  22. bobhess Member

    Love to see cars that have been played with and enjoyed.Great history story. Worth as much as Sue can get. Aren’t all of us in this game doing the same thing? Hope so….

  23. Roger Malone

    Is there someone I can call about the condition at BF that has looked at the car? I’m sure us guys that have committed to bid want to know about structural problems. Wrecks, patchs panel changes welds, coverups. If any

    • Susan Carter

      Roger-
      Yes there was something done to the car in 1988. I have papers from a body shop they are difficult to read but they either say repair replace or repaint looks like qtr panel and I think the trunk lid. The bill also says something about parts supplied by customer. Not sure if this was a rust repair or fender bender.

  24. Albert

    Whoever gets it I am interested in a bumper Jack and space saver spare to finish my aar cuda. You may have a spare to sell

  25. Robert Beauchamp

    Curious if the car sold or not, I am interested but missed the end if the auction

  26. RA

    Anyone notice the 71 tail panel? It’s got 71 tail lights. The finished product has 70 tail lights.

  27. Roger Malone

    I was the high bid at 22500. People that Have never tried buying a car unseen, said it’s worth twice as much so it did sell! But was to scared to put their money up! to take a chance on a shiny car that might need redone. Only reason I bid even that high was because she was so friendly. And dealing with a bad time in life.

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