Although they were technically mass-produced cars, the E-body 1970-71 Plymouth Barracuda convertibles are turning out to be some pretty rare cars thanks to the myriad of options, engines, and colors that Mopar offered back then. Of course, you all know about the Hemi 'Cuda convertibles being made of unobtainium, but it turns out that most of these cars were plain, ordinary Slant-Six- or 318-powered grocery-getters, making those that got performance upgrades highly unusual. In the case of this 1970 'Cuda convertible, only 262 were built with a 340 and a 4-barrel. Of those, only 19 had a 3-speed manual and only 3 were EB7 Jamaica Blue. To date, only three of these cars are known to exist, and this is the only one with a white leather interior. Do I have your attention now, because were talking Hemi 'Cuda exclusivity at a fraction of the price!
From a spectacular collection of rare Mopar performance cars that have been restored to be enjoyed and driven, this 'Cuda ragtop is one handsome and well-sorted machine. Loaded with options including factory A/C, a trunk rack, and driving lights, it must have been one hell of a new car back in 1970. Here's the fender tag info so you can see just how loaded this car really is:
BS27: Plymouth Barracuda Special, 'Cuda Convertible
H0B: 340 275HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL1970 Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA
343807: Sequence number
E55: 340 cubic inch 4-barrel V8 275hpD13: 3 Speed Manual Transmission-Floor ShiftEB7: Medium Blue Metallic / Jamaica Blue Metallic Exterior Color PRXW: Trim - Premium, Leather Bucket Seats, Black/White000: Full Door Panels513: Build Date: May 13025465: Order number
V3W: White Convertible TopA62: Rallye Instrument Cluster PackageB51: Power BrakesC55: Bucket SeatsH51: Air Conditioning with HeaterJ45: Hood Tie Down Pins
J54: Sport HoodL34: Road LightsM25: Wide sill moldingsM31: Belt MoldingsM88: Decklid Moldings TreatmentM91: Luggage Rack
N41: Dual ExhaustN42: Chrome Exhaust TipsN85: TachometerV5W: Body Side Stripes, WhiteY05: Build to USA Specs26: 26in Radiator
EN1: End of Sales Codes
Look again at the photos at how beautifully finished this car really is. Flat, smooth quarter panels lead into expertly aligned doors and front fenders, with good gaps all around, especially for a convertible. The hood fits flush and seals up tight thanks to factory hood pins, which also provide a racy look. The paint is 2-stage urethane with a deep gloss and uniform finish, which indicates that a good amount of time was spent sanding and buffing the paint after it was applied. Look at the trunk lid too; the fit, especially the corners, is better than a lot of E-bodies I see at shows, and if these quarters were replaced during the restoration, the workers did an expert job because they fit exactly right. And you can't help but notice the white hockey stick stripes with the 340 callouts on both sides don't forget that the 340 was the engine of choice for performers like the AAR 'Cudas, and its lighter weight made these cars agile and sharp in the corners.
The chrome and stainless on this car is first rate as well. The first thing you notice is the factory trunk rack on the rear deck lid, a beautiful piece that's perfect early '70s funky. The bumpers have been fully restored front and rear, and the grille is unblemished and correctly restored with a single orange stripe. Correct L34 road lights hang in the lower air intake opening, while out back, new lenses look bright and crisp against the satin black filler panel. New badges and emblems round out this expertly restored body.
Powering this car is the original, numbers matching 340 cubic inch V8 topped by a 4-barrel carburetor, which, in 1970, was good for 275 horsepower, plenty to be entertaining in the relatively lightweight 'Cuda. Nicely restored and still sharp enough to make you want to pop the hood every time you park it, the engine bay shows only minor signs of road use. Obviously well restored, all the details are just like you'd do them yourself, from the accurate lines and hoses, to the overspray on the ground wire. And you've probably noticed the modern alternator and Sanden A/C compressor, an excellent complement to the original factory A/C system that is far more reliable, efficient, and compact than the original compressor. Let's face it, you can either have A/C that is truly ice cold, or you can have an original system, and seeing how this car was restored to drive and have fun, the owner wisely chose to have his A/C effective. However, that's not to say that it can't be taken back to 100% factory condition if that's what you choose, and RK Motors Charlotte can handle that for you if you might be looking to put this car back into competition. All the important parts are there, and the conversion is not a difficult one. Once you see past the A/C system, however, you'll also notice a beautifully finished engine in Hemi Orange, some extremely nice exhaust manifolds, and a correct red cap battery in the original tray. Up front, an original 26-inch radiator keeps everything cool.
Although this car was originally equipped with a 3-speed manual, it now sports a correct A833 4-speed manual (the original 3-speed manual comes with the car), which was optional in these cars in 1970. That extra gear really makes a nice difference when you run it up and down the gears, keeping the engine in the fat part of its power curve important for small-block performance. Next to the transmission, the floors have been undercoated because this one was built to drive, and nobody wants to worry about over-polished floors getting nicked. Out back there's a sturdy 8.75-inch rear, and a high-performance 2.5 inch dual exhaust system has been installed to really let that 340 bark. New lines and hoses have been installed, removing one potential headache from your list, and the suspension and braking systems have been fully rebuilt to factory specs. It rolls on a set of authentic-looking Rallye wheels with modern BFGoodrich T/A rubber.
Inside, the white leather interior is this cars calling card, and it's gorgeous. As a one-of-a-kind piece, these white bucket seats have been appropriately covered in fresh leather, with correct stitching and finishing throughout. New black carpets have been installed on the floor, along with new white door panels. The black dash has been beautifully restored, and is packed with a Rallye gauge package with everything in 100% functional condition. The mileage shown is believed to be correct, and I'm guessing that the wood appliqué on the dash is original, its condition indicative of how well-maintained this car has been all its life. A correct pistol-grip shifter sits atop the transmission, while a modern Pioneer entertainment system sits in place of the original Music Master AM radio, with its speakers cleverly hidden throughout the car. The white convertible top is new, and folds into its well easily, where it is hidden by a fresh white top boot. The trunk is finished with a correct mat, space-saver spare tire, inflator bottle, and jack assembly.
This car comes with a copy of the Govier report and decode information that details exactly what it is, as well as a manual for the Pioneer sound system.
I guess rare depends on how you define tithe color combination on this car with the white leather interior is a documented one-of-a-kind. But even looking beyond that to the more significant components, this car is still something special. Beautifully restored with smart upgrades that make it an outstanding travel partner, I would never think of damning this car to riding on the back of a trailer. The modern A/C, the powerful stereo, and the thoughtful upgrades like radial tires and an undercoated chassis make it ideal for those long road trips where you can enjoy top-down highway cruising. Think of this car as the best of both worlds: its rarity practically guarantees that it will hold its value no matter what, and its specifications make it the kind of car that you'll enjoy driving for years to come. There are not many combinations better than that. But you already knew that, didn't you?
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