About Plymouth Cuda
Heads turn when a Plymouth Cuda rumbles by, the 426 Street Hemi engine exemplifying the best of Detroit's muscle cars. The third generation Barracudas, built on the redesigned E-body platform, catapulted the Cuda from an economy car stigma up to the coveted muscle car status. The shorter, wider frame solidly supports the Mopar engine, with original engine options ranging from the 198 Slant 6 to the 440 V-8. Combined with the choice of a 3- or 4-speed manual, or 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the E-body Plymouth Cuda provides the power and speed that muscle car enthusiasts demand. Of the various models, the most valuable is the 1971 Plymouth Cuda 2-door convertible with the Hemi engine. A 2014 auction saw a blue on blue 4-speed Cuda convertible sold at a record $3.5 million. A victim of the 1973 oil crisis, like many other muscle cars of the early 70s, the 1974 Plymouth Cuda was the last of the Barracuda line. You can search the array of listings on eBay for an original, unrestored or fully restored notchback coupe, or convertible Barracuda, but be ready to swoop on your favorite year and model – they sell fast. And in a few months, your newly restored Cuda will turn heads as you rumble down to Starbucks for a fresh cup of coffee.