Last Surviving Ramchargers 1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda

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Last Surviving Ramchargers 1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda

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World's Last Surviving Ramchargers 1970 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda Is Up for Sale ... 35196.html#
All-new for the 1970 model year, the third-generation Plymouth Barracuda moved nearly 49,000 units in its first year in showrooms. And that was an impressive figure compared to the previous years. However, only a few thousand units were ordered with the big 440- and 426-cubic-inch (7.2- and 7.0-liter) V8 engines, which made the 'Cuda expensive to insure at the time.

Specifically, Plymouth sold only 3,436 units equipped with these powerplants. That's less than 1% of the total production and a number that makes RB- and HEMI-powered 'Cudas very rare. If you like numbers, we can split the figure above into 986 four-barrel 440 cars, 1,784 six-barrel 440 vehicles, and 666 HEMIs.

The HEMI 'Cuda is arguably the rarest of the big-block 1970 Barracuda bunch. And because the 425-horsepower lump is also desirable, buying an authentic HEMI 'Cuda will set you back well in excess of $100,000. If you want a drop-top, of which only 14 were sold in the US, that number could jump beyond the $300,000 mark.

Still not exclusive enough for you? Well, then, how about one of the HEMI-powered 1970 Barracudas raced by the iconic Ramchargers team back in the day? Not only is this 'Cuda a fully-fledged R-code car, but it's also the only surviving rig from the Ramchargers 'Cuda lineup. And even though it's unique, it's a bit more affordable than a HEMI 'Cuda convertible.

Up for grabs in Torrance, California, this drag-ready Cuda was sold new in Michigan and used as a street car until 1973. Retired from public roads and converted for quarter-mile duty, the Cuda made its racing debut at the NHRA Gatornationals in 1975. It immediately broke the existing national record by running 10.63 seconds at 130.81 mph (210.51 kph).

It was just the tip of the iceberg. The 'Cuda was raced extensively through 1988 and amassed several wins and records, including 37 Super Stock D Automatic Championships. It also won the NHRA Division III Super Stock championship in 1980 and topped the Super Stock Eliminator IHRA Summer Nationals twice. This Cuda was also the last race car run under the Ramchargers banner.

Lucky enough to survive more than a decade of racing without getting totaled, the Cuda was eventually restored to its as-raced condition in the mid-1990s. The restoration was completed by drag racing icon Dean Nicopolis, who built it and raced it back in the day. Dean also rebuilt the HEMI engine.

Amazingly enough, the vehicle was never cut up or tubbed. In 1997, as soon as it emerged as a restored classic, the HEMI 'Cuda won the Detroit Autorama. It was also inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame and displayed at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

Come 2024, the 'Cuda looks mighty impressive for a vehicle restored more than 20 years ago. And it appears ready to tackle the drag strip again if you like spending your weekends at the track. How much for this unique piece of Ramchargers history? The seller will let it go for $225,000 or the best offer.


This is not just a Hemi Cuda ... it is THE HEMI CUDA! Famous RAMCHARGERS team car built and raced by Dean Nicopolis. Restored by Dean and still in beautiful condition. If you know this car then it needs no introduction. If you don't know the car's history, it's hard to do it justice here. Featured in books and countless magazines and magazine covers; there is even a 1/18 scale model made of this incredible car!

One of the most famous and successful Super Stock drag cars of all time

426 HEMI built by the Ramchargers
TorqueFlite transmission with B&M RacingConverter
Dana 60 rear end

• The only surviving car from the Ramchargers racing team
• Original "R" code Hemi Cuda
• Sold new in Michigan and used as a street car until 1973
• Converted to a race car and debuted at the NHRA Gatornationals in 1975. The car immediately exceeded the existing National records of 10.85 and 127.8 mph by running 10.63 at 130.81. Car has run 9.90’s
• Car was raced from 1975 until 1988 amassing anamazing record of wins
• This was the last race car ever run under the Ramchargers team name
• Restored to as-raced condition from 1995 to 1997. Never cut up or tubbed

Racing Record

• 37 Super Stock D Automatic Championships
• Overall Winner Super Stock Eliminator at Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Meet in 1977, 1979 and 1983
• Overall Winner Super Stock Eliminator IHRA Summer Nationals two times
• 1980 NHRA Division III Super Stock Champion
• Great Lakes Super Stock Champion two years


• Multiple Magazine articles and features, including the Cover of Mopar Collectors Guide and Super Stock and Drag Illustrated
• Detroit Autorama Winner 1987, 1997
• Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in November 1996
• Displayed at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum
More Photos: ... mouth-Cuda

What an amazing piece of HEMI history. I hope this 'Cuda finds itself a good home.
If anyone wants to make a donation to history, I am willing to store and show it. 8)

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