The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a 1967-1974 Plymouth Hemi. We make the process of selling your 1967-1974 Plymouth Hemi quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Barracuda was an American-made 2-door muscle car from the ’60s and ’70s made by Plymouth. It was a fastback A-body coupe modeled after the Plymouth Valiant. It had wraparound back glass that was quite distinctive. The second generation Barracudas were available in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions.
To satisfy the dreams of professional drag racers, Plymouth came up with a special edition of the Barracuda called the “Cuda.” With a race-tuned Super Stock 426 Hemi engine, it became a muscle car legend. It came with two Carter AFB four-barrel carburetors that got extra air through a shaker hood with an activation lever under the instrument panel. A four-speed manual transmission was actuated by a pistol-grip Hurst shifter.
Weight was reduced in the car by stripping down anything that was considered non-essential. Glass was replaced with clear polycarbonate windows and windshield, called Lexan, to save weight. It used aluminum brackets instead of steel and the seats were replaced by more lightweight versions. Some of these changes decreased safety. To get around some safety standards, they put a sticker on the car saying that it was not meant for regular road use on public highways, but was meant for supervised acceleration trials.
The Hemi ‘Cudas were a drag racer’s dream car, with a quarter mile time of less than 10 seconds. Because so few were produced, they have become incredibly valuable. Good examples have sold for more than a million dollars at auction. A rare 1971, matching numbers, convertible Hemi ‘Cuda sold at Mecum Auctions in Seattle in 2007 for $3.5 million. The Hemi ‘Cuda is now known as the Millionaire’s muscle car.