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You have until January 19 to save up $4.5 million. On that day, and probably for at least that much money, RM Auctions will turn over the keys to a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible. The bidding will take place at the auction house's annual Vintage Motor Cars in Phoenix, Arizona.

This particular 'Cuda is chassis #BS27R1B269588, has only 282 miles on it, a shaker hood and is one of only 11 ever built. And in case that's not rare enough for you, it is one of only three built with the 4-speed manual.

As a public service, we'd like to warn you that once our 1982 Citation sells, we'll have a $745 head start on our opening bid. So don't go getting your hopes up. Another 1971 'Cuda with 8,300 miles on it sold last year for $4.1 million, so maybe we should sell our rare 1988 Cimarron, too.

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      This muscle car market WILL COLLAPSE,just like it did in the late 80s with the exotics,and anything with a prancing horse doubling in price every six months. Craig Jackson of (BARRETT-JACKSON) created that market then, just like he created the current market. Truly a modern day P.T.Barnum.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry, as cool as these Mopars and such were, they were still junkmobiles with big engines. Everyone with half a brain and a bit of hindsight knows that theyre dreadful. Of course, that doesn't mean theyre not fun...

      $4.5 million for a Mopar is absurd. I shudder to think what cars like the Toyota Supra Turbo, Skyline GT-R, Mazda RX-7 etc. will go for when the current generation of young people is able to afford these cars. The NSX will be the only true collectable (less than 10,000 made)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe someone who is more financially minded can figure out if it's a good return on investment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They were junk then and they're still junk now. I wouldn't give four and half dollars for one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How pitiful that some schmuck went and garaged a '71 Hemi 'Cuda drop top. Since when is anything built with a 426 Elephant motor meant to be garaged? That was one thing that always annoyed me with these fake prissy car collectors who never took their toys out to the strip or the track and opened them up? How can anyone who's ever owned this car say that they've enjoyed their Hemi 'Cuda convertible when it's only been driven 282 miles in 35 years? So sad.

      And while I know that '71 Hemi powered drop top E-Bodies are rare it still amazes me that they fetch such rediculous prices. In fact it amazes me that classic muscle and ponycars in general are fetching such rediculous prices. Everything from '70 LS-6 Chevelles to a Yenko anything is worth top dollar these days. I'd say it's about time folks recognize that these machines were the cream of the crop during their heyday but damn... 4 and half million dollars is a hefty chunk of change.

      In the end, someone will be paying a lot of money to have yet another classic garaged because you know the only mileage this 'Cuda will rack up between now and the time it finds its new owner will be the few feet it travels when someone drives it into and out of a trailer. I say Jay Leno should buy this car and show folks what it's like to truly "appreciate" a Hemi anything by laying down a pair of black stripes on the strip before he finds out what she can run in the 1/4 mile after 35 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been seeing muscle cars left & right getting beaten by the market. It would be insane to see this 'Cuda hit $4 million. RM is more fickle than Barrett-Jackson; $4 million is reserved for rare, high-marque race cars. The Hemi 'Cuda is a cool muscle car, but nothing grand. The most a Hemi 'Cuda should hit is $90,000. Even that's too much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        thats cause you dont know much about cars
      • 8 Years Ago
      roll the clock back ten years, and look at the changes that have happened at Barrett-Jackson.

      ten years ago, a Barrett-Jackson "heavy hitter" was a guy (lots of gold chains) in his 60's or 70's, with a trophy wife in a gold lame T-shirt and a mink coat. they never walked anywhere; that was what the $30,000 golf cart they brought with them was for. these guys bought all the high-end 20's and 30's cars; these were the cars of their childhood, or high-school years. most of them are either dead now, or out of the hobby.

      a few years ago, a 1970 LS6 Chevelle convertible sold for about a million dollars at Barrett-Jackson, a record. the buyer? a guy in a black Harley t-shirt and jeans...and it was a car from his childhood, or high-school years. this is the only place on the planet that you will see an ear-to-ear grin on someone who is happy to have paid more than anyone else on earth for the privilege of buying something.

      don't know how many watched the Barrett-Jackson auction on Speed last year (or were in attendance), but most of the high end purchases were like a game for the buyers. I can assure you, the 2+ million dollar prices for either the GM Futureliner or '53 Pontiac Bonneville were not even a dent in the pockets of the buyers. it's just about the spectacle of it all. if you've ever BEEN to Barrett-Jackson, you'd understand. watching it on television doesn't do it justice.

      I sold a car at Barrett-Jackson back in 2003, and can guarantee you that they give you a lot of bang for the buck. the night before the auction starts, they have a big party for the buyers and bidders. it is not open to the public.

      in 2003, it was all about Carroll Shelby's birthday. on stage that night (besides Carroll), were A. J. Foyt, Richard Petty, Andy Granatelli, Dick Lorenzen, and several other race cars legends. where else could this happen? it was like living history, as only Barrett-Jackson could do it.

      one thing to remember here; cars like this 286 mile Barracuda are no longer cars. they're art, and possessions of very rich men. whenever you go to a car show and see mirrors under a car, it's not a car; it's art.

      Mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mr_Oak:

      You are dead wrong on the Z8. The Z8 was a short-lived attempt to create an upscale roadster that resembled the 507. The 507 is the ONLY BMW sports car that had anything approaching a soul.
      • 8 Years Ago
      4.5 million. ROFL. just goes to show you a fool and his money are soon parted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      -----> 17. This muscle car market WILL COLLAPSE,just like it did in the late 80s with the exotics,and anything with a prancing horse doubling in price every six months. Craig Jackson of (BARRETT-JACKSON) created that market then, just like he created the current market. Truly a modern day P.T.Barnum.

      Barrett-Jackson is the most visible auctioneer out there, he did not create anything. Just happened along at the right time. The exotics will always have their followers, they will never have the "cult" status of the muscle cars. As long as the "Boomers" have the money, muscle cars will do just fine. Then they'll pass those cars along to their kids. Muscle cars will be strong for another 20 or so years. Not very many cars in the last 25 years that are collectible anyway.

      Here's my short list:

      Porsche 929 - Quite possibly the best car ever built.

      Ferrari F40 - Save these two examples, most modern Ferraris are quite common place and forgettable.

      Ferrari Enzo - " Ditto "

      McLaren F1 - Nothing needs to be said.

      BMW Z8 - Quite possibly the only BMW that ever had a soul.

      Corvette ZR1 - I know that there have been better 'vettes since then, but the ZR1 is special.

      Buick Regal GNX - This thing (4 wheeled barn) in it's day was faster than all Porsches save the 929 and Turbos, faster than the 'Vette of that era until the ZR1 came along, You could also add to that list the 6 series BMW, anything by Audi, Nissan, Toyota, and Most Ferrari's of the day.

      Lamborghini LM-002 aaaaaaaaahhhhh!! The Rambo Lambo.


      Cars like the Veyron will eventually work their way onto the list, after a few have been destroyed.

      There are those of you out there who think all Ferraris should qualify, most Ferraris and Lambos are just status mobiles, as was the obese for Lotus later model Esprits.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on guys, who cares! If some guy who has more money than he knows what to do with wants one, then oh well. I'll stick with my 72 Nova SS and drive the hell out of it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      'Tis a shame to see a fine example of musclecar heritage and to find out that no one drove it beyond 300 miles. I just can't stand trailer queens, no matter how rare or valuable they are. They're still cars people. Show your love by driving them.
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