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The Highest Optioned 1971 Hemi Cuda

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By Dave Ashton

Plymouth Barracudas are some of the most iconic from the classic muscle car period, with examples fetching some of the highest prices in the muscle car world. The third-generation vehicles which shared the same platform as the Dodge Challenger as some of the rarest around what this example currently for sale at RKMotors.

This 1971 Cuda in Rallye Red Has only 2010 original miles and comes with the infamous 426 Hemi V8 engine, running through a Torqueflite three-speed transmission, Dana 60 rear end, dual exhaust, Sure Grip differential, Hemi suspension and sitting on Rallye wheels and original Goodyear Polyglass tires. the car was previously owned by “Dr. Zach” Reynolds, he was a flamboyant type in his time, who eventually went on to collect cars and motorcycles, with this Cuda being one of his prized possessions.

As a rough asking price you will need $1.29 million, but you will then be buying into a surefire investment in one of the best muscle cars on the planet. just check out some of the options and specifications below to appreciate this magnificent ride.

E74: 426 cubic inch, 425 horsepower Hemi that’s equipped with two 4-barrel carburetors
D32: Heavy Duty automatic transmission
BS23: Plymouth Barracuda special: ‘Cuda 2-door hardtop
R1B: 1971 model assembled at Chrysler’s Dodge Main facility in Hamtramck, Michigan
295999: Sequence number
FE5: Rallye Red exterior paint
H4X9: Black high level trim that’s complete with a vinyl split bench seat ($16 optional equipment)
000: Full door panels
216: Built February 16th, 1971
062620: Order number
V1X: Full black vinyl top
U: Built to USA specifications
V6X: Quarter panel sport stripes ($37.55 optional equipment)
HEMI FENDER: Complete with Hemi fenders


A01: Light package ($35.75 optional equipment)
A34: Dana 60 super track rear end that’s equipped with 4.10 gears ($201.75 optional equipment)
A45: Front and rear spoilers ($54.65 optional equipment)
A62: Rallye instrument cluster ($76.75 optional equipment)
A67: Plymouth backlight louvers ($171 optional equipment)
B41: Front disc brakes
B51: Power assisted brake system
C52: Bench seats
C93: Carpet or mats
D32: Heavy duty A727 Torqueflite transmission ($229.35 optional equipment)
D58: Dana 60 rear end that’s equipped with 4.10 gears
D91: Sure Grip differential
E74: 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 that’s complete with two 4-barrel carburetors ($883.90 optional equipment)
F25: 70 amp Mopar red cap battery
F96: Oil pressure and temperature gauges
G11: All windows tinted ($36.85 optional equipment)
G36: Painted dual outside race mirrors
G41: Day/night interior mirror
H31: Blower-style rear window defogger ($28.90 optional equipment)
J11: Glove box lock ($4.05 optional equipment)
J15: Cigarette lighter
J21: Electric clock
J25: 3-speed variable wipers
J31: Dual horns
J45: Hood pins with lanyards
J55: Undercoating and heavy duty hood pad ($20.80 optional equipment)
J68: Rear window louvers
J78: Front spoiler
J81: Wing-type rear spoiler
L05: Map courtesy light
L11: Glove box light
L15: Ash tray light
L25: Trunk compartment light
L31: Fender or hood mounted turn signal indicators
L34: Road lamps ($21.05 optional equipment)
L65: Ignition switch lamp with time delay
L74: Title switch time delay
L76: Heater control lamp
M05: Door edge mouldings ($6.00 optional equipment)
M21: Roof drip trough mouldings
M25: Wide sill mouldings
M31: Belt and hood mouldings
M88: Low decklid moulding
N41: Dual exhaust
N42: Chrome dual exhaust tips
N51: Maximum engine cooling
N65: Seven blade fan with clutch
N85: Tachometer
N96: Shaker hood
P31: Power windows ($101.30 optional equipment)
R32: Dual rear speakers ($25.05 optional equipment)
R33: Microphone ($10.75 optional equipment)
R36: AM/FM stereo that’s complete with a cassette player ($337.05 optional equipment)
S15: Heavy duty Hemi suspension that’s complete with a front sway bar
S25: Heavy duty firm ride shock absorbers
S77: Power steering ($106.95 optional equipment)
S83: 3-spoke Rim Blow steering wheel ($28.60 optional equipment)
U84: F60x15 raised white letter polyglas tires
W21: Rallye wheels ($54.25 optional equipment)
W34: Space Saver spare tire


The original broadcast sheet outlined above
The car’s original factory punch card
The car’s original two page window sticker
Ed Owens original bill of sale for the car
A small stack of Ed Owens original warranty and dealership paperwork pertaining to the car
A copy of Zach’s original title for the car
The car’s original owner’s manual
Proof of the car’s insurance that dates back to 1971
One of the car’s original vehicle registration cards that’s dated to 1973
A small, hand-written maintenance log
A 1985 North Carolina state inspection that shows the car had only racked up 1,928 miles at that time
An extensive write up on Zach Reynolds and his passion for all things mechanical
A copy of the car’s cover spread in the June 2005 edition of Mopar Action.


You can find out more about the car and its back story here.

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