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Family Ownership: 1972 Plymouth ‘Cuda

This is a rare 1972 Plymouth ‘Cuda that has been owned by the same family since the 1970s. Two brothers were the primary caretakers of the car, which received some period engine modifications back in the 80s. It has been through multiple cycles of use and disuse, and the seller now acknowledges he will not be able to restore this car in his lifetime. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $6K and the reserve unmet, and the original 340 still under the hood. 

The seller notes this car belonged to his brother who used it between stints at boot camp and in the service. The car would eventually go on blocks before he returned home and they sent the motor our for freshening up, along with adding some period modifications. This included the intake, carb, air cleaner and exhaust manifolds being replaced with aftermarket parts, along with some “internal engine parts.” The original parts were not retained when this work was done. As you can see here, rust is an issue where the vinyl top once was, and the seller contends other areas were affected as well.

The listing says to plan on further rust repair in the “…floors, roof and quarter panels along with tail light area.” The interior looks quite nice with the occasional split seam in the seats. As a factory 340/column-shift automatic, there are a few other changes were noting that altered this ‘Cuda’s stock configuration: the seller and his brother also added “…a shift kit along with performance clutch discs; we (also) bought and installed a Dana 60 and put new 456 gears and a new Posi unit in it. We had a B&M floor shifter installed.” The ‘Cuda is also believed to have just 30,313 original miles.

The seller includes some pictures of the ‘Cuda from its younger days, and this car has clearly been a part of the family fabric for quite some time. The seller notes that despite the seemingly extensive rust in the rear of the car (which he blames on years of sitting exposed outside), the front quarters are in good shape and the interior has never been modified aside from the shifter – even the factory radio remains in place, and the door panels never cut for speakers. While rust repair is never cheap, replacement panels can easily be sourced and it won’t take much effort to return this ‘Cuda to 100% factory specification with low miles as an added bonus.


  1. SlickB

    The story is better then last time…
    ( https://barnfinds.com/fish-water-1972-plymouth-cuda/ )

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  2. Rock On

    Still for sale one year later!

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  3. Lynn Dockey Member

    30,000 miles a quarter mile at a time. Don’t get started.

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  4. Jeff

    The phrase “primary caretakers” gave me a laugh.

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  5. Billy007

    As much as I sometimes miss my old Chryslers of our youth, I suddenly remember how fine today’s cars really are. This going to cost twice what a modern and far better NEW car will cost, after properly restored. Investment? Nah, us Boomers are dropping like flies in the electric barn cleaner. Zap! There drops another one of us. When we are all dusty smelly remains, who is going to care? Guys, spend much less, buy a great modern car that will treat you right and perform so much better then this relic, it will make you squeal in delight.

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    • Barry Lamar

      Man, you need to hurry up and die you old bastard. Good thing more people don’t think like you do or all old, beat up muscle cars would just be scrapped.

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      • Billy007

        Barry, this miserable old bastard will die soon enough, don’t worry. The thing is, this old bastard is old enough to have owned a few muscle cars back in the day, have you kiddo? Having owned a few I can tell you they all SHOULD be scrapped. They were loud, wasteful, and dangerous. I watched more then one of my generation kick the bucket in one. (heck, they are almost as dangerous as Mr Wrights Porsches!) Son, don’t waste your money on a losing proposition, buy a nice newer car that will make you smile, and use the money you saved to do something nice for your wife. You see, there is something else time has taught this old bastard, the ladies are a lot better then a car.

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      • Ken

        “I watched more then one of my generation kick the bucket in one”

        Well then, Billy, I guess some people of your generation had more car than they could handle, and had no business owning them. Maybe you should all have been driving Pintos.

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    • Billy007

      Gee, I was thinking about an entry level Kia.

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    • mlm

      Billy did you ever own a Chrysler 300 Letter Series?

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    • Fiete T.

      My wife feels the same way- I am a little more of a car fan, but sensible enough to not spend good chunks of money on it. Car shopping right now for the wife’s next car…no hurry, waiting for the Acura RDX A-Spec 6 cylinder model (purportedly going to be turbocharged as well). Not a crossover fan, but it’s for the wife and I get to put my opinion in. Comfortable, quick, handles, brakes, year-round usable, reliable.
      Me? I drive older stuff.
      Smart enough to realize that the old stuff is best for entertainment unless you have deeeeeep pockets

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  6. ZeroHero

    Yawn, another Cuda. Becoming the 70’s equivalent of the now over over hyped tri-5’s. Personally I like more obscure, less common cars over any make. Just my 2 cents.

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  7. Steve A

    Aw, wth, I’m just gonna bid 50k on it, throw ANOTHER 50k+ into it and have a car not worth 25k! Makes perfect sense to me! Who needs to eat once your retired???!!!! Plus, I could always live in the car! Right? RIGHT?

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    • Lynn Dockey Member

      My car dealer told me you can sleep in your car but you can’t drive your house.

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  8. Lynn Dockey Member

    OMG. 007 they got to u. Like the queen song said, I never had an argument with my car.

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    • Billy007

      Lynn, a real man doesn’t argue with his lady, he just acknowledges that she is the boss.

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      • robert semrad

        How rare….I’ve never met a real man that admitted his wife was the boss. If that’s what a real man has to do to keep the marriage, then, it’s obvious he married the wrong woman. You buy your new Kia for $20,000 and then enjoy driving it for 6 years, only to see it only worth, maybe, $6,000, for a net loss of $14,000, or $2,333 per year. Not long after, you’ll be hard pressed to give it away. Not so with classics….in 20 years, with your new Kias you’ll be buying, you’ll have lost $46,666 dollars and nothing tangible to show for the loss….after 20 years with a classic, it will more than likely, at least, double in cost. I buy, then build classic drivers, and don’t suffer as you have chosen to do….some people simply chose to suffer both with their cars, as well as their wives, being a slave of both. However, I’ll say, “good luck to you”…to each his own, but wise, is never foolish.

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  9. Kam

    It is a 72. Not overly desirable. Fun for a clone or Resto mod. There is a reason it didn’t sell. At least owner figured out that someday will never come and he was the wrong “caretaker” to get the car restored. Is worth what someone will pay you. Restoration costs vary – some guy might do it himself and do ok. Neat car… Just not worth a costly restoration.

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  10. Jay E.

    Why are cars being re-featured? The comments were accurate the first time, the car is a year older and its monetary and intrinsic value has dropped. Billy007 has a point about age. I’m to the point where pure muscle has lost its lure, it takes some luxury too. Can you say CTS? Comment section is getting cranky, it must be the cold.

    Like 5
  11. Del

    More like Undertaker than Caretaker.

    This thing is not selling because no one wants lt. Another parts car.

    I missed the auction pics but it looks pretty rusted out.

    Is the Grille missing ? Try finding one or are they in Repro now ?

    Like 4
  12. 1st Gear

    Here again,

    Like 1

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