While we may have recently been treated to films like Rush and Ford vs. Ferrari, the world of automotive enthusiasm has long been represented on the big screen by one franchise: The Fast and The Furious. With its over the top action and 37-speed manual transmissions, the F&F flicks have always featured some pretty awesome driving sequences in some slick cars. One of those vehicles, a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda known as “Frankencuda”, is now up for auction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Offered for sale by WorldWideAuctioneers, this highly-modified Mopar is one of the most memorable cars from the fifth installment of the franchise. Designed by the legendary Murray Pfaff of Pfaff Designs and built by Mopar builder Troy Brumbalow, the “Frankencuda” offers a whole lot more street cred than a typical movie car. The 1971 Plymouth Barracuda was fitted with an Art Morrison G Force chassis, a nine-inch Ford rear end with a Detroit Locker Positraction differential, coil over suspension on all four corners, and four-wheel power disc brakes from Wilwood.
Under the hood, or rather outside the hood is where this Mopar really gets crazy. An all-aluminum 636 cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine with an intercooled 14:71 supercharger delivers a proper F&F appearance and power level. The 10.4L V8 features Ultra Dominator carburetors and a beautiful high rise intake, and is mated to a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission. While we don’t have an output figure, it has to be a multiple of what the 1971 Plymouth Barracuda made from the factory.
The Cuda is finished in PPG Snakeskin Green paint with a cartoon mural of Frankenstein extending across the entire top of the car. Inside there are leather seats with snakeskin inserts, a tilt steering column and wheel from Flaming River, three DVD screens, Mopar Performance gauges, a five-point harness, and air conditioning by way of Vintage Air. Without a doubt the coolest interior feature for a Fast fan is the number of cast member autographs on the dash, which includes Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and director Justin Lin.
While we aren’t exactly sure how to value a Fast and Furious car. But after filming wrapped in 2011 the “Frankencuda” reportedly sold for $308,000 in the United States. That’s certainly a lot of money, even for a Plymouth Barracuda, but perhaps only a small price to pay for such an awesome muscle car featured in what is arguably the best film in the whole franchise.