The world’s only 1971 HEMI Plymouth Barracuda Convertible will be available at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2013.
“As an owner of a 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda Convertible, I am very excited to have such a memorable vehicle crossing the block with us in January,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It is a true automotive milestone and extraordinary example of ‘American Muscle’ at its finest. This year’s Salon offering is the best of the best, and is sure to attract not only Barrett-Jackson bidding veterans but also new bidders.”
The rare ‘Cuda also has quite a history: Long-time HEMI ‘Cuda Convertible hunter Harold Sullivan found the vehicle on New Year’s Eve in 2001, almost 30 years after it was stolen.
Two years later, the HEMI ‘Cuda Convertible was restored to immaculate condition and took top honors at the 2005 Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance. This particular vehicle features the last factory-assembled 426 HEMI V8 engine and is the only model year the ‘Cuda sported four headlights and fender gills.
Of the 11 HEMI ‘Cuda Convertibles ever built, seven remained in the U.S. while a pair of them were exported to England. The remaining two were sent to Canada – including this one that’s heading to auction early next year.