1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
This 1970 Hemi Cuda in its classic “Triple Black” appearance caught my eye a couple of years ago at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago. 1970 was considered by most enthusiasts to be the best and last year of the Muscle Car Era, which only began a brief six years earlier. High performance models were being produced by almost every U.S. manufacturer in 1970. General Motors had a 454 and 455 cubic inch engines, but none of them were available from the factory in their pony cars. Ford offered a variety of big block engines in their pony cars from 1969-1970, but it appears that collectors prefer the big block products from MOPAR. Plymouth and Dodge offered engines in size from approximately 7 liters and up in their pony cars. The 440 4-bbl, the 440 Six Pack, and the 426 Hemi were all spectacular engines when new. They are still spectacular all of these years later. Tire widths were finally becoming wider. Tire manufacturers such as Goodyear and Firestone were providing white lettered tires to the new car manufacturers for factory installations. The “Shaker” Hood has always been one of my favorites, and this triple black Hemi Cuda has it. The vinyl top adds a nice finishing touch to the exterior. These models are even more desirable now and the classic car auctions confirm their importance in our automotive history. In fact, the convertible versions of the Plymouth Cuda and Dodge Challenger fetch top dollars at auctions. When factory equipped with the 426 Hemi engine, the Cuda and Challenger convertibles have been selling in the seven figure range! Long Live the Pony Cars!