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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T and Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible Pilot Cars to Be Auctioned

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Mopar Convertibles Auction

Two significant Mopar convertibles, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T and a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, will be highlights at the forthcoming Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida. These cars, offered together, are early pilot production models, representing some of the first units of Chrysler’s E-Body platform. This platform was introduced in the 1970 model year, forming the basis for the first-generation Challenger and the second-generation Plymouth Barracuda, with sportier variants known as the ‘Cuda.

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1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible Pilot Car (Image Courtesy of Mecum Auctions)

The auction will feature what are believed to be the second Challenger convertible ever produced and the first E-Body Barracuda convertible. Unique to these cars is their 440-cubic-inch “Six Pack” V-8 engine, distinguished by its three two-barrel Holley carburetors. Both vehicles are equipped with 4-speed manual transmissions.

These models are particularly rare. Dodge produced the R/T grade and the Six Pack engine only for the 1970 and 1971 model years, with R/T convertibles being exclusively 1970 models. Only about 61 of these were made with the Six Pack engine. The ‘Cuda convertible at the auction is thought to be one of just 16 from 1970 fitted with the Six Pack engine and a manual transmission. Furthermore, it is one of only two painted white.

1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible Pilot Car (Image Courtesy of Mecum Auctions)

The significance of these vehicles is enhanced by their status as pilot cars, which are early versions made to address any production issues. They are often used for media test drives, as was reportedly the case with the Challenger, but are rarely sold to the public.

Mecum anticipates that the pair will fetch between $750,000 and $900,000 at the auction. This valuation reflects their rarity. However, it’s notable that the 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 remains more sought-after by collectors. In fact, Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles have previously sold for millions. At the same Florida auction, Mecum has a Hemi ‘Cuda expected to bring in between $2.5 million to $3 million.

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