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1970 Plymouth Barracuda copy

By Dave Ashton

The first 1970 Plymouth Barracuda produced with a Hemi V8 engine has popped up for sale with a cool asking price of $2,200,000. The ‘Cuda was launched in 1964, but had to wait until 1970 to reach muscle car status via the 426 Hemi V8.

While the output of the ‘Cuda with 425hp and 490 lb-ft of torque may seem average these days, in 1970 these levels of power were a big deal. Fast forward to today and the combination of the Hemi engine, 4-speed manual transmission, the third ‘Cuda vehicle built that year, and being 1 of 284 vehicles reflects the asking price.

The 1970 ‘Cuda was released as the sports version of the E-body platform developed by Chrysler. As per all pony and muscle cars of the time, there were a plethora of engine options starting with the 340 V8. This example was built on August 1st, 1969 with a VIN number of BS23R0B100003. This example has an exterior color of Alpine White with an all-black interior. Other notable features include the stripe and Tac delete, an overhead console and fancy trim.

The car itself has lived at the NATMUS Museum since 1983, only clocking up 17,755 miles, and being repainted once in its life. The car was also officially authenticated in 2005 by Galen Govier as being the very first 1970 Hemi Cuda.

Interesting factory option details below:
currently for sale at

D21 – A833 Manual Four Speed
E74 – R-Code 426 CI V-8 Engine
EW1 – Alpine White exterior paint
X9 – Black interior
M85 – Front & rear bumper guards
PRX9 – Leather & vinyl bucket seats
P – Premium Trim
R22 – AM/with stereo 8 Track player
R31 – Rear Speakers
V68 – Sport Stripes DELETE
B41 – Front disc & drum rear brakes
B51 – Power brakes
N96 – Shaker Hood
C26 – Overhead Console
A33 – Track Pack 3.54 Rear Gears


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