No muscle car was meaner than the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. They are among today’s most valuable collector muscle cars.

‘Cudas’ we’re equipped with five hot V-8s, from the sharp 275-bhp 340 and flexible 335-bhp 383, to the imposing 375-bhp four-barrel 440 and the brutal 390-bhp 440+6. Atop the list: the merciless 425-bhp 426 Hemi.

The Barracuda rode a two-inch shorter wheelbase than the Challenger, though its body dimensions were the same. The ‘Cuda’s standard hood had phony intakes, but the functional shaker scoop was included with the Hemi and was a $97 option on other ‘Cudas. Mopar gave the Hemi hydraulic lifters for ’70, so it was easier to maintain and, according to some testers, had improved low-rpm power.


– Engine: Type: ohv V-8
– Horsepower @ rpm: 425 @ 5000
– Torque @ rpm: 425 @ 4000
– Compression ratio: 10.25:1
– 0-100 kmph: 5.6 sec
– Number built: 666
– Base price: $5,400

Courtesy: Consumer guide automotive


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