in ,

1970 PLYMOUTH RAPID TRANSIT ‘CUDA SELLS AT AUCTON FOR $2 MILLION

Sold With Just 967 Miles On It

1970 Plymouth Rapid Transit Show Car Mecum Auction 2023 Sold $2 Million USD

In 1970, Plymouth’s line of affordable muscle cars had blossomed into the Rapid Transit System, a group of performance vehicles consisting of the Road Runner, GTX, Barracuda (‘Cuda), Sport Fury GT, and Duster 340. Out of the 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda run of muscle cars, just 4 were part of the Rapid Transit System Caravan traveling road show cars, and recently, one of them was sold at the Mecum auction this month. Nothing was changed on the vehicle, and it was in exquisite condition, with just 967 miles on the odometer.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Rapid Transit Show Car: Details

Given the exquisite condition of this 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, it’s safe to assume that it would sell for a hefty sum at the auction, especially when it has no reserve, and sure enough, it did. A video posted on the MotorTrend Channel on YouTube showcases the car rolling onto the podium, along with a spokesperson talking about the vehicle. We also get some lovely close-up visuals of the condition, which appears to be missing some paint, but otherwise, it’s difficult to tell that the car is over 50 years old. Starting at $100,000, the bids were already rising quickly, and in the matter of just a few minutes, the final hammer price for the car went to $2 million, but the bid to get there was intense as two individuals battled it out to get their hands on this ultra-rare muscle car.

 

This particular car was designed by Harry Bradley, who also designed Hot Wheels, and it’s visible that the car shares many similarities with those collector’s cars, especially with the bright colors and decal lines that compliment the design. Unfortunately, according to MotorTrend, the 1970 generation Plymouth ‘Cuda had a short life span as production ended after 1974. Plymouth tried to develop a more aerodynamically sleek ‘Cuda for 1975, but the feedback could have been stronger, so the platform died out before production could even begin.

Ultimately, that might be why these cars are so legendary, as they hold onto the legacy of the muscle car wars during their height with the boxy design, extreme power, and devilish good looks that are worth a lot, especially when it’s part of the Rapid Transit System.

Plymouth Rapid Transit Cuda Mecum Auction Sold 2023 Barracuda

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 Sebring Raceway IMSA WEC Le Mans

S650 FORD MUSTANG GT3 WILL MAKE FULL DEBUT AT 24 HOURS OF LE MANS

C8 CORVETTE PRODUCTION HAS SURPASSED 40,000 UNITS IN 2023