1970 Plymouth Cuda - $59,900
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In the hardware department, this ‘Cuda delivers on its intimidating look with its original, numbers-matching 383 cubic inch V8.

Whatever your favorite brand—Ford, Chevy, Mopar, whatever—I think everyone can agree that Chrysler nailed it with the Plymouth ‘Cuda. They had the luxury of sitting back and watching Ford and Chevy introduce, then revise, their pony cars, and by 1970, the formula was pretty well established. Perfect proportions with a long hood and short deck. Wide, but not too wide to be agile. An engine bay big enough to handle the biggest, nastiest powerplants you could build. Reasonable ride comfort. Lots of options. And the styling. Is there any muscle car prettier than this 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda? Seriously?

This matching-numbers ‘Cuda is a car that you can enjoy without worries. The restoration is a few years old and someone’s been having fun with the car so it’s not perfect, but with the bright Top Banana finish, 383 hockey sticks, and just the right stance, it nails the performance look you want. And make no mistake, this is a loaded car, including factory A/C, power windows, an AM radio with 8-track, and more. Check out the fender tag, which tells more of the story:

BS23: Plymouth Barracuda
Special, 'Cuda
2-door hardtop

N0B: 383 cubic inch 335 horsepower 1x4 barrel V8
Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA
192160: Sequence number

E63: 383 cubic inch 4-barrel V8 335 hp
D32: Heavy-duty automatic transmission
FY1: Top Banana exterior color
H4XW: Trim - High, vinyl split bench seat, Black/White
000: Full door panels
B07: Build date: November 07
008587: Order number

V1W: Full vinyl top, white
A01: Light package
A36: Performance axle package w/3.55 ratio
A62: Rallye instrument cluster package
B51: Power brakes
C15: (1970 only) Deluxe seat belts
G31: OS RH manual standard mirror
G33: LH remote racing mirror
H51: Air conditioning with heater
J45: Hood tie down pins
L31: Fender mounted turn signals
M21: Roof drip rail moldings
M25: Wide sill moldings
M31: Belt moldings
M88: Decklid moldings treatment
M91: Luggage rack
N41: Dual exhaust
N42: Chrome exhaust tips
N85: Tachometer
P31: Power windows
R22: AM radio with 8-track (10 watts)
V5W: Body side stripes, white
C10: Unknown
Y05: Build to USA specs
26: 26 inch radiator
EN1: End of sales codes

Like I said, this one is loaded and built just the way you’d have done it back in 1970. The Top Banana paint is quite nicely done over some very straight bodywork, and it appears to be wearing all its original sheetmetal, including quarters. There’s just the right amount of aggression with fog lights under the bumper and twin nostrils on the hood, but graphics are limited to the ‘383’ hockey sticks on the quarters, which is how it should be. You’ll note other great features like the optional sport mirrors, fender-mounted turn signals, hood pins, and during the restoration a factory-style Go-Wing was installed in place of the original luggage rack—good choice! We really like the ultra-clean shape on this fish and the satin black insert on the tail is a great touch when you’re building a performance car. Nobody can argue that this isn’t a great-looking car and that is certainly confirmed by the way it stops traffic in our showroom.

This car features a rather unusual split bench with a factory “buddy seat” in the center. It looks like buckets, but we can’t ever recall seeing a car spec’d like this. Most of the stuff inside the car was new when the car was restored about 10 years ago, including seat covers, carpets, door panels, and the wood appliques on the dashboard. It does appear that the woodgrained steering wheel is original and a little faded, but that’s a minor complaint that’s only noticeable because everything else is in such great shape. The gauges are bright and clear and they all work as they should, and you’ll find options like power windows, factory A/C (needs to be serviced), and an unusual rear defroster, which is nothing more than a fan that blows interior air on the rear window. There’s also a factory AM/8-track radio which features Chrysler’s familiar vertical roller knobs. Seat belts were replaced, the back seat looks like new, and there are custom embroidered floor mats to protect the carpets. In back, the trunk is neatly finished with a reproduction mat and matching full-sized spare tire assembly.

In the hardware department, this ‘Cuda delivers on its intimidating look with its original, numbers-matching 383 cubic inch V8. With a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, it’s rated at a rather stout 335 horsepower, making this ‘Cuda every bit a match for any of its pony car competitors. We like the 383 because it makes big block torque but doesn’t mind revving a bit, and it’s always well-behaved. Internally, it’s still stock, so it has plenty of punch at any speed and that silky smoothness that defines Chrysler big block V8s. It’s nicely finished with a factory dual snorkel air cleaner, finned valve covers from Mopar Performance, and a highly detailed look that we find appealing. And the way it runs will more than live up to the aggressive look. It barks to life easily, snarls at idle, and pulls like a freight train. This is one ‘Cuda that delivers the goods.

The matching-numbers TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic is virtually indestructible and seems to fit with the ‘Cuda’s split personality, although the 3.55 gears out back make it punchy as hell around town—you’ll need something significant to beat this car on the roll. The suspension and brakes are fully rebuilt, the floor pans are in fantastic condition with just a light dusting of undercoating, and all the lines and hoses have been replaced. There’s also a reproduction exhaust system with both mufflers and resonators that give it the proper factory tone and proper chrome tips poking through the rear valence. The stance is just right, and it sits on 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels and proper F70-15 Goodyear Polyglas tires

This is a seriously cool car. You can take your Hemi car, but I’ll enjoy the performance of this smooth, torquey big block that’s also bulletproof reliable. Plus I get A/C, power windows, and that awesome bright yellow paint to go with it. Unusual, attractive, fast, and with a great pedigree and matching-numbers, this is a great way to enjoy Chrysler’s best performance car of the period. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1970 Plymouth Cuda
Price: $59,900
Stock Number: 117091
Mileage: 29,091
VIN: BS23N0B192160
Engine: 383 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.55
Wheelbase: 108 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels
Tires: F70-15 Goodyear Polyglas GT
Exterior Color: Lemon Twist
Interior Color: White vinyl
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