Mopars Sold at Mecum

Great Additions to Collections

Larry Jewett - February 04, 2014 12:00 PM


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 The leader of the pack at the 2014 Mecum Kissimmee auction was the proud progeny of Mother Mopar. That’s quite an honor when you consider the quality of 3,000 cars that were offered for sale. There are many on this top 10 list that proved valuable in their own right.

1) 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, 426 CI, Four-Speed, Unrestored (Lot S143) – Sold for $560,000

Original and unrestored, this 1971 Hemi Cuda coupe is a well-documented California car equipped with the standard Shaker hood with hold-down pins, chrome rocker moldings, bright fender vent trim, a color-keyed grille and factory Flat Black “Hemi” billboards. An all matching numbers car showing a believed correct 33,000 original miles, this rare Cuda is documented with two factory broadcast sheets.

2) 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Under Glass (Lot S200) – Sold for $300,000

Plymouth restyled the Barracuda for 1967, prompting Hurst Performance Research to build a brand new “Hemi Under Glass” wheelstanding exhibition car. The four-speed manual transmission was still part of the setup, but the decision was made to switch to fuel injection and alcohol. At the end of the season, the 1967 car went to the show circuit. It eventually disappeared, but in the mid-1990s a young man approached Bob Riggle, claiming to know its whereabouts. The car was in Montreal. It had fallen to neglect but there was no doubt about its authenticity. It took almost 8 years before he began the car’s restoration for Bill Sefton, but both Riggle and Sefton claim it was worth the wait. In addition to its many public exhibitions with Riggle at the controls, the 1967 Hemi Under Glass was also on regular public display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California.

3) 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, 426/425 HP, Four-Speed (Lot S189) – Sold for $240,000

This great Hemi muscle icon was purchased new from Town Chrysler in Minneapolis, Minnesota in February of 1971 by a collector in Texas, where it has remained in a private collection and still retains its February 1971 title as part of its excellent documentation. The drivetrain is original to the car: the 426 CI Hemi engine rated at 425 HP, heavy duty A-833 Hemi-rated four-speed manual transmission (complete with the original Hurst Pistol Grip shifter) and A34 Super Track Pack Dana 60 Sure Grip differential with 4.10:1 gearing.

4) 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, 426/425 HP, Automatic, Broadcast Sheet (Lot F220) – Sold for $150,000

In 1970, the vaunted Street Hemi was added to the ‘Cuda’s production big-block engine lineup. Cared for by the same proud owner for 17 years, this rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda coupe was the subject of a correct rotisserie restoration by Ray Youkin of Florida. The R-code 426/425 HP Hemi engine bears the correct Carter AFB 4742S- and 4746S-code front and rear carburetors, and is mated to the rare heavy duty Hemi-spec Torqueflite A727 automatic transmission, also bearing the correct code. This fabulous Hemi Cuda is well documented with the original broadcast sheet, more than $100,000 in receipts and a CD with 101 photos chronicling its masterful restoration.

5) 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX (Lot S240) – Sold for $125,000

This rotisserie restored GTX is recognized as one of the top 25 Hemis still around in the United States. It was 1 of 19 original Hemi cars and features original sheet metal, 426 Hemi built by Indy Cylinder Head, an automatic transmission and numerous NOS parts and pieces. The interior is eye-opening as well with period options, including an AM/FM cassette and Rim Blow steering wheel.

6) 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, 2008 Charger SRT8 with 1969 Road Runner Body (Lot S69) – Sold for $100,000

Truly unique, this car represents a seamless joining of a 1969 Road Runner body to a 2008 Charger SRT8. Professionally built by David Rodriguez, highlights include  a Hemi 6.1L engine, new AMD sheet metal with superb body gaps, SRT8 leather trimmed front bucket seats with SRT badging and a Kicker sound system with 13 speakers, 200 watt subwoofer and 322 watt amp. It has the look of the 1969 Road Runner that is desired by many with the amenities of a late model car. The odometer shows a fraction over 28,000 miles that was put on the 2008 Charger SRT8 before the build began.

7) 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T Convertible, 426 CI, 4-Speed (Lot F190) – Sold for $100,000

Confirmed as a real Hemi R/T convertible, the car was sold by the Lingenfelter Collection. It is powered by the 426 CI Hemi engine and four--speed transmission and includes the Super Track Pack. It appears to be 1 of 2 Coronet R/T convertibles so equipped and is a solid rust free car restored to highest standards. Authenticated by Galen Govier

8) 1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29, Raced by Billy 'The Kid' Stepp (Lot T277) – Sold for $97,500

Before rising to national prominence in 1970 with his first Pro Stock race team, William “Billy The Kid” Stepp competed in this 1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29 Hemi racer, one of 70 built by the factory for Super Stock competition. Prepared for NHRA’s SS/AA (Super Stock “A” Automatic) class, it has all the elements that have made these cars perennially dominant. The car’s M-code VIN denotes its 426 CI race Hemi engine complete with dual Holley four-barrels on a cross ram intake manifold, tube headers, Accel ignition and electric cooling fan, here mated to a Cheetah-shifted heavy duty Torqueflite 3-speed automatic and an 8¾ rear end with heavy duty axles. Finished in sinister-looking Black with a Black interior, this BO29 factory Hemi racer remains as desirable as ever with the added benefit of ownership by one of drag racing’s most intriguing and infamous figures.

9) 1970 Plymouth Cuda Convertible, 340/275 HP, 4-Speed (Lot S197) – Sold for $90,000

Plymouth’s second generation Barracuda hit the ground running in 1970, a styling triumph in both coupe and convertible form. Of a total of 50,617 Barracuda and Cuda models, Plymouth built just 550 Cuda convertibles in 1970, and it is believed that fewer than 10 shared this beautifully restored example’s combination of four-speed manual transmission and factory air conditioning. This Tor-Red rarity is a product of photo documented restoration, performed by Restorations by Julius and other skilled craftsmen at a cost of over $100,000.

10) 1967 Plymouth GTX, 426 CI, 4-Speed (Lot S237) – Sold for $77,500

 It was an open checkbook that allowed this 1967 GTX to achieve the beauty it has today. The complete rotisserie restoration makes the car extremely desirable due to the provenance that goes right along with it. It has the correct 426 Hemi with correct casting dates and includes the dual four-barrels that sit atop that engine. It has the original floor pans and original exterior sheet metal carefully in place. The meticulous craftsmanship did not compromise the originality and elements that keep the car valuable now and into the future.