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Wanted: ‘Cuda fan with (really) deep pockets

by Bill Cawthon on

Listed on Hemmings.com: The very first production 1970 E-Body Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Built on August 1, 1969 at Dodge Main plant in Hamtramck, Michigan, it has plant assembly sequence number 100003.

The car is equipped with a 426 HEMI with dual four-barrel carburetors and a 4-speed manual transmission. Only 284 HEMI ‘Cudas were delivered with manual transmissions. Additional options included front disk brakes, leather and vinyl seats and an AM/FM radio with 8-track player and rear speakers. The car is Alpine White with a black interior.

According to Galen Govier, this car was built as a pilot model and was the first 1970 ‘Cuda sold to a retail customer. What sets this car apart from other ‘Cudas of the same vintage is that this one has a standard instrument panel without a tachometer and lacks the ‘Cuda’s trademark hood pins and striping. It’s somewhat like a Gran Coupe on steroids.

The car is powerful and has an appetite to match: it gets about six miles per gallon. But to the true HEMI fan, those can be six awesome miles.

Asking price for this piece of muscle car history is $3.2 million but owner is open to trade for other rare cars.

To see the Hemmings’ listing, click here.

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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