And an interesting history.
Modern-day muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are a relatively common sight. Anyone can walk into a Dodge dealership and place an order. Aside from the Demon, production is based on demand and Dodge will build however many units necessary to meet that demand. Assuming you have the money, that 707 horsepower will set you back around $60,000. But if you're looking for one of the Challenger's ancestors in an all-original, unrestored state, be prepared to pay an awful lot more. Like twenty times more. Take this 1970 Plymouth Cuda, for example.
Not only is it unrestored, but it has also just 86 original miles. How is this possible? Well, it was purchased new back in 1970 from Shreves Plymouth-Dodge by a guy who had recently retired. He must have had some fun retirement plans because he ordered this thing fully loaded.
It has the 426 cubic inch 7.0-liter Hemi V8 good for 425 horsepower, a 727 automatic gearbox, that awesome Shaker hood, tie-down hood pins, dual exhaust with chrome tips, body-colored steel wheels wearing Dog Dish hubcaps, and vinyl bucket seats with a woodgrain console. The Tor Red exterior paint and black interior are clear-cut signs the original owner wanted to get attention.
Unfortunately, that never happened. He died the same year he bought the car and barely had a chance to drive it. His wife then decided to place it into storage but not long after, she sadly died as well and the Cuda remained hidden away.
Fast-forward a few decades, the car was found in its all-original glory, along with its original documents. It is a literal time capsule that will surely draw the attention of collectors. Thing is, you'll have to be a very wealthy collector. The asking price is $1.2 million - 20 times the price of a new Hellcat. This might just be the lowest mileage, completely original 1970 Plymouth Cuda in existence, and it was already special when new; it was one of the last 1970 Cudas built.
But unlike a new Challenger Hellcat, chances are very slim you'll ever see this old Cuda on display at your local Saturday morning Cars and Coffee.