1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - 76 Original Miles
Source: American ClassicsHouston, Texas, U.S.A.
Posted: 15 Feb 2007
Specs & DetailsExterior Color: orange
Interior Color: black
Miles Driven: 76
About This 1970 Plymouth Hemi CudaThis car is the lowest mileage Hemi `Cuda on the planet. Period! It has only 76.4 documented miles on the odometer. This is perhaps the most famous Hemi `Cuda known. Most people in the trade are familiar with this car and it has been the subject of intense purchasing efforts over the years. By a fortuitous series of events, we can offer this ultimate Hemi `Cuda on eBay, which we hope will attract the proper buyer with both the means to acquire the car and an appreciation of just what this car really is -- The only one like it in the world!
This Hemi 'Cuda was special-ordered and delivered new in June of 1970 to Bill Reardon of Clarksburg, WV. Upon it's delivery from Shreves Plymouth-Dodge, Bill drove his new factory race car the 28 miles home. It was the longest single trip this car was ever to make.
Bill was 62 when he finally got his Ã¢â‚¬Å“race carÃ¢â‚¬Â. He immediately set out to make it even faster. Bill removed the 2x4 intake, the complete exhaust system, rear third member, the rear wheels and tires and the front shocks. He replaced them with the best high performance parts of the day and paid special attention to see that none of the factory parts were misplaced or damaged.
The first race season Bill made some 30 passes at the 3 local drag strips. He had a good first season with some times in the high 10 second range. At the end of the season he garaged his Ã¢â‚¬Å“race carÃ¢â‚¬Â and began to prepare for the next year. That winter, Bill Reardon passed away suddenly. In 1977, Bill's widow also passed away. The ReardonÃ¢â‚¬™s son was left to dispose of the estate and placed an ad in the local paper. The buyer, Marvin Dillon, is the sole person responsible for the salvation of this great car. After seeing the car and agreed to pay the price of $3500. Marvin took his new found love home and immediately began replacing the Ã¢â‚¬Å“hot rodÃ¢â‚¬Â parts with the original factory parts which had accompanied the car.
In 1993 Marvin sold the car only 42 miles on the odometer. Even through the odometer turned to the 43 mile mark, as he moved her from time to time he did not put a complete mile on this car for the entire 16 years he had her. Passing through 3 more owners, the miles stayed low until 2005 when renowned, internationally known Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hemi builderÃ¢â‚¬Â John Arruzza of Thomasville, NC bought her with 61 miles on her.
It was up to this Hemi expert to make her run and perform as she did when new. John performed the tune up and fluid changes that a stored car needs and rebuilt both of the carbs so she could once again roar to life at the turn of the key. John test drove her up to the grand total of 73 miles and since then she has been moved enough to come up to the 76.4 miles that are on her today.
John still has the Ziplock baggie that contains the rubber he burned off the tires on his test drive and she sits here today ready to go. This is the lowest mileage Hemi `Cuda known to exist and perhaps should stay that way. She comes with complete documenÃ‚Âtation including the original build sheet and has all known numbers documented, recorded and verified. Galen Govier has documented the VIN and other important numbers. This is truly the definition of a surviving muscle car. She still has her original tires and they look new. It was built as one of the last 10 hemi `Cudas of 1970. It has a silver shaker as the last four made had black ones.
This car is probably priceless but we have to put a price on the car to sell it, so I am setting the reserve at $1.1 million. What is it worth to own the lowest documented mileage Hemi `Cuda on the planet? You determine the ultimate worth.
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