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Container Find After 35 Years: A Plymouth Cuda V-Code 440-6 Convertible
Someone's wallet is about to get fatter.
I would keep the car instead of selling it!
Not the buyer, tho...
Its crazy how these muscle cars keep showing up in the oldest places
Big block E-body convertibles = $ big bucks $. What a find.
Wow, very kool!
The waters are already muddy.
Article says it hard to find one with original sheet metal. And that is so true because Mecum says shaker hood was added. LOL.
Can we leave this shit original, yet? Hey-soos Chrysler
Yes, the Shaker was added. Wonder if they kept the original hood and air cleaner with the car? Also a Accel super coil was added, day two upgrade? Surprisingly, the billboard decals survived better than the paint....
Not really a "find" if they knew where it was the whole time. More of an un canning really. I'd daily that bitch exactly as it is.
Looks like new billboard graphics were stuck on over the existing paint. Look how the paint is all weathered down to grey primer, but the "440" lettering above them looks good. This car may not have originally come with billboards.
Look closely my friend, it appears to me that the billboards were added over the patina paint. Why? Also somethings body wise strike me as being odd, paint not faded/mismatched/odd, why why why if this was in a container for so long, somethings fishy IMHO.
On a side note: I found a rusted old Cuda vert hulk in a boneyard in the early 80's while searching for a cheap front clip for my 1st '77 PK41. I had ventured out into stickville as yards around me were in the $1,000 range for a full clip, think of this yard as very large old farmer pasture turned to a hoard, first walk by and look was car was in a accident, not as bad as the GYC rear ended Cuda, it was crashed in the front end, it was rusted out in front floorboards and the quarters were completely rusted out, it was a four speed, interior all gone, doors gone, drive train all gone, orange or Tor Red whatever, it was banged up from being pushed around yard. On the walk back (skunked) I gave it a closer look, dash & VIN plate were still there, it was a V code, I was thinking of sniping the VIN but thought better as this was 1st time at this yard and I had to do some talking to get a looksee of the yard plus this was also shotgunville. So I questioned the owner if the engine was still at his business, he knew what he had, said drive train was gone long time ago and he wanted a grand for the shell. pass...
A closeup from the Mecum auction listing:
I see that that now. Thanks guys for pointing this out. My old phone does not have the the best resolution and my eyes aren't the greatest!!.....LOL
This virus scare is going to wipe out the collector car market, at least at the low end of the market for less desirable cars. It will be very interesting to see what rare cars like this Cuda go for, at least if the Mecum auction in may actually proceeds.
A lot of telephone buyers will be winning.
Those E body convertibles were dubbed as "flexible flyers" by the techs working at the Chrysler Engineering center back in the day when they were new. One of my friends back then owned a convertible that was the same color as this one at Mecum, but had a 340 in it. His was fully optioned too, even had power windows. One day while driving in Michigan one afternoon, we went over a set of rail road tracks that were on a raised portion of ground that the highway had to ramp up to cross over, and when he crossed the tracks not going particularly slow, the rear passenger side power window mechanism including the window flew out of the car as we crossed the ramp. He was pissed and sold the car the next week.
He worked in the steering and suspension department at the time and relaced the vert with a 340 AAR Cuda instead (a hardtop only model). I actually loved that car because it handled really well and had much better weight distribution than having a big block up front like the Cuda I currently have. His looked just like this one:
Funny thing. Our decals applied to dozers in super corrosive applications never rust off. The paint & metal evaporates around decals as the roller frames turn to powder. If that was in a non UV environment the decal could be pretty old. Crazy but true.
Owners sometimes say couldn’t you dip my dozer in what that decal is made out of Lol !!!
Meh. I'm more excited about Detmatt's Mobile Director to be honest.