1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440
Owner: Rick Simpson, Ontario .
Yes the 70 is the poster car that you see everywhere. I even bought a poster after I bought the car last January. It was a featured car in MuscleCar Review in June 1988 when it was part of the Tim Wellborn (Al.) collection. Wellborn owned the car until 1984 when he sold it to Mark Headrick(Ga.) ( a well known Mopar man who now runs GoodMark Industries which are heavy into repop parts) Mark owned the car for a couple of months before he sold it to Steve Aimes. I bought the car over the internet from Steve Aimes of Aimes performance in New Hampshire. Steve has an extensive collection of muscle cars predominately of Pontiac make. He had two Mopars this Cuda and a well restored 68 Hemi Runner. Steve sold the car to pursue a 71 Hemi Cuda. Last I heard he was still looking.
As you may gather by now I watch the muscle car and in particular the Mopar segment fairly closely. When I saw the car for sale late last year it was the first 440-4 barrel Cuda ragtop that I had seen for sale, since the Mopar Nats in 1989! From 87 to 89 I had pursued several 440-4 Challengers that were sale and missed on three. The Cuda was a shell that needed too much work
I was very interested in this car when it was advertised. I spoke several times with the owner's representative a twice to the owner. The car's origins are in the south west and my main concern was rust. I was assured that the body was very solid but they didn't know enough to tell me if it was numbers matching. I was assured however that any sale would be subject to my final inspection and acceptance.
At the time I owned a Vitamin C 70 six barrel Cuda convertible that was an older restoration but really needed the floors and trunk floor replaced, correct short block and some other restoration work that I didn't want to carry out. It was far from junk but it was far from a quality car. A collector in Mass that I have known for several years wanted the 6 barrel so I knew I could come up with the scratch for the blue car.
When the Cuda's auction ended I made sure that I was the highest bidder. It moved $10,000 US in the last 5 minutes! The Cuda is a factory 440-4, automatic, air, ragtop, B5 blue paint, blue interior, white top, ps,pdb,console, am/fm cassette, rallye gauges, 3.23 gear, power top and rubber front bumper. There wasn't a broadcast sheet but a tag
The fender tag codes are as follows:
P37 R22 V5W Y05 26 EN1
M88 N41 N42 N85 N95
C55 G36 H51 J45 M25 M31
V3W A04 A21 A62 B51 C16
EB5 H6B5 000 A12 029606
E86 D32 BS 27U0B 157153
The car has been in storage since I brought it home. I will have it out next season to several shows.
Thanks Rick for letting us feature your 1 of 34 'Cuda 440 4bbl convertibles sold new in the USA in 1970. Not too many cars past or present can match the performance, looks and comfort of this rare car. In a world where the word rare is often over and mis-used, I think every one will agree that the 635 'Cuda convertibles that were assembled in 1970 is not enough to go around. Rick's car features air conditioning which by the way could NOT be had with the two higher horse options, the 440 Six Pack and the 426 Hemi. Also unavailable was the 440 4bbl and a four speed with air. So if you wanted the maximum performance with your air conditioning you had to go with the 440 4bbl and the auto tranny as this 'Cuda is equipped and like 27 other 'cuda convertibles were. I will leave it to Rick to tell you a bit more about his fine car....which if I am not mistaken was used in the glamour framed pictures of musclecars that you see at swap meets.
Here is the decode for the fender tag:
E86-440 4bbl 375 horse engine C16-console
D32-3 speed auto tranny C55-bucket seats
BS-'Cuda G36-racing mirrors
27-convertible H51-air conditioning
U-440 4bbl engine J45-hood pins
0-model year, 1970 M25-sill mouldings
B-assembled at Hamtramck Michigan M31-belt mouldings
157153-VIN M88-deck mouldings
EB5-Blue Fire Metallic N41-dual exhaust
H6B5-high grade medium blue bucket seats N42-chrome tips
000-full door panels N85-tach
A12-scheduled build date of Sunday Oct. 12th 1969 N95-emissions
029606-vehicle order number P37-power convertible top
V3W-white convertible roof R22-am 8 track stereo
A04-basic radio group V5W-body side mouldings
A21-front rubber bumper Y05-sold in USA
A62-rallye dash 26-26 inch rad
B51- power disc brakes EN1-end of sales codes