Prepare to be blown away by the astonishing find of a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hidden away in a crowded backyard. In a year when Plymouth unleashed the all-new Barracuda, their commitment to high-performance vehicles was unwavering. At the top of the pack was the mighty 426 cubic-inch V8 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, a combination that made its way into only 289 ‘Cudas that year, with a mere five being convertibles. Among the remaining 284 coupes, this particular car has remained in the same owner’s possession since 1975, a testament to its significance and cherished history. Thanks to The Auto Archaeologist and a recent magazine cover, the story of this extraordinary find has come to light.
The journey to uncover this treasure began with The Auto Archaeologist, known for unearthing remarkable barn finds. After catching a glimpse of this ‘Cuda on the magazine cover, the quest to locate it became a mission. Through resourceful detective work, the car’s whereabouts were traced to a location “out west.” To protect the owner’s privacy, further details about the precise location remain undisclosed, adding an air of mystery to this exceptional discovery.
The owner’s connection to this prized possession dates back to 1975 when he purchased the car in Michigan following his honorable service in the U.S. military. Initially in search of a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible with a 440 6-Pack, he was captivated by the ‘Cuda’s allure. Though considered a “settlement” at the time, little did he know that he was acquiring a rare Plymouth masterpiece. Adding to its uniqueness, the car sported a stunning In Violet paint, Plymouth’s version of Dodge’s legendary Plum Crazy purple. Given the scarcity of these hot rods today, the combination of rarity and eye-catching color makes this ‘Cuda a truly remarkable find.
This ‘Cuda had its fair share of adventures on the race track, earning the nickname “The Goofy Grape.” The owner, seeking even more power from the Hemi engine, swapped out the fuel intake system with a Helborn upgrade. After its racing days, the car found a home in the owner’s backyard, protected under covers. Surprisingly, the body’s condition has withstood the test of time far better than the initial photos would suggest. When The Auto Archaeologist discovered the car, the cover had become frozen to the body. As a kind gesture, a new cover was provided to the owner. The future plans for this remarkable machine remain uncertain, as it may continue to grace the backyard landscape, perched on jack stands. A potential gold mine in terms of resale value, this ‘Cuda’s restoration would undoubtedly be a substantial investment, but its worth and significance make it a truly priceless automotive gem.