Sox & Martin Tribute: 1975 Plymouth Duster

No, don’t get excited: this isn’t an actual drag car that flew under the Sox & Martin flag in the 60s and 70s. Curiously, it’s called a barn find, but it’s a barn find tribute car, if you can make sense of that. There’s two possible stories here, one far better than the other: this is a tribute car built in the 70s that hasn’t seen the light of day in decades, or it’s a tribute car built in the recent past with some dings and dents from its life prior to becoming a rolling memorial. See if you can sort it out in this listing here on eBay with a $10,995 Buy-It-Now. 

The seller doesn’t offer any history on this Duster, or whether it was in fact conceived at the same time Ronnie Sox was tearing up drag strips every where he went. It’s certainly understandable why someone would want to build a tribute to this iconic racing team backed by Ma Mopar, as any number of Plymouth vehicles driven by Sox were often winners in their respective fields. The seller says the dings and dents its accrued over the years will give the next owner the same feeling as discovering one of the actual track cars in a forgotten barn – do you agree?

This barn find tribute car isn’t just about its looks, however, as the seller notes an extensive list of modifications: “The 360 motor is full of the usual go fast goodies, it is backed up by a reverse manual valve body 904 with a 3000 stall speed converter. It also has a driveshaft loop, weld in subframes, competition engineering shocks all around.” The seller notes a fresh Optima red top batter in the trunk and new tires and wheels are also included, and that the Duster has seen time at the local track while running on pump gasoline.

This Duster leaves me feeling conflicted. It’s certainly far cheaper than trying to buy the real thing, but without any proof that this car has been in barn storage for the last decade, I’m not sure this is anything other than a replica with some dings and dents. The listing is confusing at best, but whether that will dissuade someone who saw an actual Sox & Martin car laying its competition to waste in the 70s from taking this one home in a fever of nostalgia is nothing I can predict.

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Comments

  1. James Schmidt

    personally im questioning the same thing. there is nothing that i can spot that screams barn find to me. i would expect some age shown on the seats or dust on the car. but there is quite literally nothing that says barn find. i do believe it is just a simple replica sadly.

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  2. Terry Bowman

    The paint is doing all the talking. I have seen these original “Sox & Martin” cars and they are impressive(not here every year) at our annual Mopar Nationals, here in South Florida, which buy the way is this coming March 3rd, in Davie, Florida. If you are a MOPAR guy or girl this is the show not to miss.

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    • James Schmidt

      if you wanna talk about a show you dont want to miss, come up here to kentucky and visit the street rod nationals. theres always some classic band playing and theres always show stopping cars. last year they had an original shelby daytona hauled in and sat next to me. felt like an honor to see one of Carol Shelby’s masterpieces.

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  3. Steve R

    It’s just a street car painted to look like a Sox and Martin car, nothing more. I doubt it has much age and has likely never seen the business end of a track. There are several things which would get it bounced at tech. If it was built years ago, it wouldn’t be running a 904 transmission, small block 727’s weren’t uncommon and one would have been used. This car was built to draw attention at shows.

    Steve R

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  4. Terry Bowman

    Built right the 904 is a Great racing Transmission, but I agree not in this case.

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  5. CapNemo

    I raise a glass to Ronnie Sox, greatest 4 speed driver I can think of.

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  6. Tort Member

    Being the real thing is really something and showing or driving it would be great but this with decals and paint and a few easy modifications what would do with it except a repaint so you didn’t have to tell people ” no it’s not the real thing”

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  7. Miguel

    If a car was built when they were racing, it would have been a copy and not a tribute.

    I would expect the car was built recently.

    The quality of the job would tell you as a lot of the materials used today were not around back then.

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  8. Troy s

    The way I read it it’s supposed to look like a barn find, the way one of the original race cars would look if it was discovered hiding in a barn. Would have looked a bit odd back in the seventies showing up at the track in a copy cat racer with Ronnie’s name plastered on the door and the big Sox&Martin emblem.
    Didn’t they run a hemi powered Duster back then? I’ve seen photos of several known racers running hemi Dusters back then, I’m guessing in the somewhat new pro stock class.

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  9. bog

    I’m an “old” Ford guy, and “horrors”…Sox & Martin actually raced for them prior to going MoPar ( = MoMoney). I still followed them out of curiosity and to my knowledge they never raced anything with that small of an engine. HEMIs, HEMIs and more HEMIs. So, in my opinion, not even a decent tribute car…

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  10. Jeff Harner

    It’s priced right for a turn key tribute. It’s been on the net for awhile so somethings wrong. Ronnie Sox was my hero back in the day and personally
    I’d have no issues with it except it needs a stroker 440.

  11. Boatman Member

    Motown Automotive Design is claiming that they built this car on their Facebook site.

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