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HXC Hemi Cuda to debut at SEMA in November

by Bill Cawthon on

HXC Performance, a Chicago-based automotive design, manufacturing and consulting firm, will show its new 2011 HXC Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to be held November 3-6 in Las Vegas.

Artist's rendering of the HXC Hemi 'Cuda

Artist's rendering of the HXC Hemi 'Cuda

Based on the new Dodge Challenger platform, the HXC Hemi ‘Cuda is inspired by the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible. Equipped with a hand-built 426 Hemi developing 600 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque, the HXC Hemi ‘Cuda will be an updated version of one of the most sought-after muscle cars of all time. The last ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda sold at auction for $4.1 million.

The base Challenger R/T with a 6-speed transmission will be converted with a Shaker Hood, custom grille, fenders, taillights and bumper and will wear billboard graphics similar to the original. It will also feature Brembo brakes, BBS wheels with Pirelli Pzero Rosso tires, a KW V2 coilover suspension, Kooks suspension and Corsa exhaust.
Rear view of the HXC Hemi 'Cuda showing the billboard graphics

Rear view of the HXC Hemi 'Cuda showing the billboard graphics

The car to be shown in Las Vegas, No. 001, will be a white HXC Hemi ‘Cuda with all the goodies mentioned above plus a Kicker audio system and a Hurst shifter. After the show, the car will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction in January.

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Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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