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The GTX integrates head turning style with top performance. This Plymouth is based on the Belvedere, but with an upgraded suspension. The GTX front and rear fascia is borrowed from the Satellite. Standard equipment for the GTX is the Super Commando 440 engine which is rated at 375 hp (280 kW) or the optional 426 Hemi is the top choice for performance. The '67 GTX with the 440 will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.5 seconds and can do the quarter mile in 15,2 seconds @ 97 mph. The 426 Hemi engine cuts the 0-60 mph time to 4.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds reaching 105 mph (169 km/h) in the process.
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For a car sharing the body of a mass-produced Plymouth, the 1970s Hemi ‘Cuda is one heck of a gem for all the muscle car enthusiasts out there: this car is easily worth more than $150,000, and can also very easily outdo the prices of most Ferraris manufactured during the same years. If you want to talk about “legendary” in muscle car terms, we are talking about this very car.
The 1970s Hemi ‘Cuda, a model of the Plymouth Barracuda, was one of Chrysler Corporation’s two-door cars that was manufactured under Plymouth and released from 1964 to 1974. The 1970-1974-produced Barracudas, however, were very different from the two previous Plymouth models, and was available as a coupe and as a convertible. During the years 1966-1971, the car took on a new look as it was transformed and fit into a smaller and shorter E-body platform. This gave the Barracuda an edgier, sportier feel. The engine was also rebuilt with a bigger size. It was at this point that the epic popularity of the 1970s Hemi ‘Cuda was born.
The Bad Boy Features
Of course, you only have to look at the car to see its timelessness. The 1970s Hemi ‘Cuda was built with a classic body that came in daring colors such as plum, hockey stick sports stripes, hood pins and pistol grip shifters, providing the ‘Cuda driver with just the proper suave and macho glamour. With its fun Rallye wheels, it has been tested to reach 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and the ¼ mile in 14 seconds at 102 mph. It’s the high performance piece among the Plymouth Barracudas manufactured. It doesn’t need to beg for your attention, but the Hemi ‘Cuda’s tire-shredding growling glory that no muscle car enthusiast can resist. It also comes with an optional Track Pak with a differential ratio of 3.54:1. The Hemi ‘Cuda has also undergone several upgrades, including enhanced suspension.
The Birth of the Rare Treasure
After the Barracuda underwent a major pimping up, the 1970s Hemi ‘Cuda’s reputation as the most sought after of all muscle cars spread. But this is not just because of its innovative design and performance. When they were new, only 652 Hemi ‘Cudas were produced. Among them only 14 were convertibles. Having an original Hemi ‘Cuda was an instant muscle car world status-upper, but even non-muscle car enthusiasts can’t help do a double take with the recognition of the rarity and beauty of this car. This scarcity in manufactured Hemi ‘Cudas was actually a consequence of the additional $900 demanded by the manufacturing of the car, which was almost one-third of the standard purchase price. But hey, they couldn’t have popularized and marketed the bad boy any better, right?
Until now, no other muscle car matches the street cred of the vintage 1970’s Hemi ‘Cuda. It’s wicked for collections if you have the money to maintain it. And as if to put the Hemi ‘Cuda’s feats on the record, it has already been featured in several Need for Speed editions. There’s even a cameo of a perfectly pimped out one in Fast and Furious 6! That’s just how legendary the ‘Cuda is.
Pegged at selling prices going up to $4Million, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda is undoubtedly the world's most expensive muscle car. With only 14 units ever made, prices are sure to shoot up when the demand for a Barracuda arises in the market. The small number of the 1970 Barracuda, however, is an ironic twist to the price it now enjoys. Back in the day, it had low market reception, leading to a very limited number of 1970 Barracudas released.
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Itis the first model of the third generation of Barracudas that circulated from 1970 until 1974. It was also the first Barracuda to totally deviate from the Plymouth Valiant design where earlier models were based on. It comes in two variants - a two-door coupe and a two-door convertibles. The convertible ones were made exclusively at the Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan. The 1970 Barracuda was also the first model to use the E-body designed by John E. Herlitz based on the modified Chrysler B platform. It offers a lower yet wider version of the existing platform.
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The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda comes in three variants - the lower-priced base model or the BH, the sportscar model or the 'Cuda BS, and the luxurious 'Cuda Gran Coupe or the 'Cuda BP. It must be noted that the nickname 'Cuda was primarily used to pertain to the more luxurious, high-performance models of the 1970 Barracuda.
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Powered by a 7.0-liter V8 Hemi engine, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda will develop up to 425 hp. It is equipped with solid disc front brakes and drums to the rear. The three-speed manual transmission of this muscle car can accelerate from 0 miles per hour (mph) to mph in 5.8 seconds. It also fares well on the quarter mile test with an average time of 14 seconds at a speed of 102 mph. This is actually very fast for a car made in 1970, with most of its counterparts falling way behind the speeds recorded for the 'Cuda.
Designed to be a fast car, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda made its racing debut at the All-American Racers' Trans-am series of the same year of its release. Drivers Swede Savage and Dan Gurney raced similar factory-sponsored units that earned them three pole positions in the league. Although neither car took home the championship, one of them finished second in the the competition.
Another four 1970 'Cudas found themselves racing for the Chrysler France team from 1970 to 1973. The team's then-director, Henri Chemin, piloted the first car before selling it off to J. F. Mas. The 1970 'Cuda raced two more years with Mas before it was set into retirement. Those two years won Mas and his 'Cuda one hill-climbing championship, three on-track ones, and four French Group 1 Class trophies.
Although the most expensive 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda in record sold for $4Million, most units easily sell for half that price despite the car's condition. This year, a 1970 'Cuda is being advertised at a going price of $3.2Million. With the number of muscle car fanatics fighting to own this particular unit, prices may rise up to the record $4Million or more.
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The sixth generation Plymouth Belvedere is on Chrysler's "B" mid-sized body platform. This model could be powered with a light duty 273 cu in ((4.5 L) engine although there are four larger engine power options on the table including the 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8 and these would be bolted to three speed automatic or a three speed standard transmission on a factory correct Belvedere. The most powerful version of the Belvedere is an icon of the muscle car era and badged as the GTX .
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