1971 Plymouth Cuda

Multiple records set at Mecum Indianapolis 2021
Friday, 14 May - Saturday, 22 May 2021
Not sold at a high bid of
$5,750,000 - $6,500,000
Est. Range
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. BS27R1B175215 Winchester gray with black Hemi graphics and black top over black vinyl. 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, 3.54 Sure Grip, power steering, power brakes, Power windows, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Polyglas GT tires, hood pins. Comes with original French title.

Evaluation: Sold new in France, where it surely stood out even in these muted colors (for a Mopar), then came back to the U.S. in 1993. One of 12 Hemi Cuda convertibles in 1971 and one of three with the 4-speed. Represented as matching numbers, which is rare for a Hemi. Clean underneath. Wheels look fresh. Factory gaps. Some small bubbles in the rear decals but nothing serious. Good paint with some light detail scratching visible in certain light. Older restored interior. One of the most desirable muscle cars in existence on its matching numbers drivetrain and condition alone, but the unique French history makes this Cuda even more of a standout.

Bottom Line: Although the Parnelli Jones Big Oly Bronco was the most anticipated offering at Indy 2021, this Hemi Cuda had the potential to be the most expensive. In terms of value, Hemi Cuda convertibles are well known as king of the muscle car hill and Mecum has sold several of them before. Indy was probably the perfect venue for this car and 2021 is a perfect time to sell, so it’s hard to imagine the consignor getting a much higher offer than the reported $4.8M high bid. Had that offer been taken, it would have been a record price.

by Andrew Newton
29 May 2021
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