After twelve months, you will be asked to provide consent again. For further information regarding cookies and how to manage them, please see. It just has to a car that could be purchased by anyone. In 1962, the small block engine was increased to a 4. After a few verifications, the car was proven legit so it was bought for over a million dollars. Remember, there were three engines available in the 1970 Road Runner, the standard 335-hp 383, the 440 Six-Pack rated at 390 hp, and the 425-hp Hemi, which was much more expensive than the 440.
Among other fancy items was an aluminum scatter shield around the clutch — for those occasions when things got a little out of control. Ford displayed this beauty at the Detroit Auto Show for a number of years until the last restoration in 2010 by Paul Lanzante. This car does have one weakness though. How your Data is Stored All data collected through our Website is stored on servers located in the United States. The car had five different engine options available ranging from a 340 to 440 cubic inches the most highly sought after of which being the ones with the 426 cubic inch Hemi. Most buyers went for the more attractive hardtop with the 383, but 32 Hemi hardtop Super Bees were sold in the U. Since then, those early designs -- and all their later developments, refinements and modifications -- have captivated our imaginations.
Blueprinted at the Windsor engine plant, the 3. During its launch in the 70s, it instantly became a high demand car of that generation. Its build sheet came with the car and was verified as the original by forensic analysis. The auctioned car was originally built for Chrysler designer, John Herlitz, for his efforts in designing this beast. Part of the winning formula was a high-compression, medium block 390, delivering plenty of power at a comparatively affordable price. Some of the American auto companies have re-released version of their original muscle cars.
It is also said that the high speed from the light body melts the tires. He bought it specifically as a show car and had only driven it 20 miles since he bought it. It was based on the same design as the L88 engine, but was made entirely out of aluminum in order to reduce weight. Bidders fought for it because it was originally owned by a Chrysler icon. Increased emissions demand forced the company to stop producing the L88s.
And, much of the sheet metal was aluminum. There are a few muscle cars that either through reputation, rariety, or popularity have reached values unheard of just a few years ago. But underneath, it was all race car. Why is it so expensive? Remember, these were all ordered by Chevrolet employees. In 1993 it won Best in Show at the Carroll Shelby Awards. The car also was designed with larger hood scoops in order to increase airflow to the massive engine block.
Due to its low mileage, it kept its engine in mint condition. Pontiac stopped making the car that year. Just point the wheels straight and floor it. Often special-order, they were a step above the more commonly-known muscle cars of the era. It is one of the 11 original Hemi Cuda convertibles. In over forty years since it rolled off the assembly line, only 19,000 miles were put on it.
There was also a Plymouth Belvedere R023 sister car with a similar setup; 55 of each were built. As a reward, he was to have his own Hemi Cuda. It even has its original headers with its original chrome side pipes. But in 1970, sales plummeted to around 41,000 cars, and the number of buyers taking the optional Hemi dropped significantly, especially in the convertible body style. These cookies track usage of the site for security, analytics and targeted advertising purposes. The factory stated it was capable of producing about 430 horsepower, but it really could produce up to 560.