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.