Monterey Car Week 2015 starts this Thursday and runs through Saturday in Monterey, California. Every year, Mecum holds an auction there which often features some of the most desirable European luxury automobiles you can name. This year will be a bit different as a true American classic takes the stage as the show-stopper at Monterey: a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible, one of the rarest cars to see available for sale in the U.S.
Pre-auction estimates have the Hemi Cuda running in the $2.5-$3 million range. Only fourteen of these cars were made in 1970 and only nine of those had an automatic transmission like this one does. The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible features a 426 Hemi V8.
This particular car has even more value because of its heritage. The Hemi Cuda Convertible was designed by John Herlitz and this particular car was given to him by his boss, legendary Chrysler Design Chief Elwood Engel, and was produced as the Executive Demonstrator for the production model Hemi Cuda.
The car has since been comprehensively restored by Cummins Restorations and is every Mopar collector’s dream to own. The car includes its original factory broadcast sheet and lists every available option offered that year for the 1970 Hemi Cuda Convertible, all of which are on this car.
See this car, Lot F69, at Mecum and find out more about it.