• Jan 21st 2007 at 6:32PM
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After nearly 15,000 hours spent creating the beast, the "Worlds Fastest Street 'Cuda" crossed the auction block as lot #1290 at the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event this weekend, fetching a well-deserved $550,000. Our favorite custom at the show, this Cuda always had a crowd around it. Every single detail on this is perfect. All that carbon fiber and mean-looking go-fast hardware had us staring at it for hours.

The car was created by Alan Johnson and the team at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop and is a classic example of a resto-rod. The car maintains the classic 'Cuda shape and proportions, but updated with modern mechanicals. Powered by a 572 inch dry-sump all-aluminum Hemi featuring a one-off Hogan EFI setup and a two-stage Holley direct port nitrous setup, this monster puts 870 horsepower through a 6-speed transaxle and has been tested at speeds above 200 miles per hour by championship racer Scott Pruitt.

Read the press release after the jump

[Source: Frank Filiponio via Barrett-Jackson]


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - October 2, 2006 - A 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, the fastest street legal Hemi 'Cuda in the world, will be sold at No Reserve during the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event from Jan. 13-21, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lot #1290, owned by Bob Johnson and built by Alan Johnson at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop, blends modern technology and performance with the raw, street-hungry look of an early 1970's Mopar. The 'Cuda has been clocked at speeds in excess of 200 mph and has been tested by championship racer Scott Pruitt. Hailed as "The World's Greatest Collector Car Events™," the auction will feature more than 1,100 of the world's finest collector automobiles, attract over 225,000 visitors and be featured on SPEED with 40 hours of live coverage.

"This 'Cuda is a one-of-a-kind street machine that not only looks great, but pounds the pavement with world-class power and engineering," said Craig Jackson, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. "It's obvious that every inch of this car, inside and out, was subject to complete examination and superb manufacturing. The collector car market is hot for top-notch muscle cars, and this 'Cuda will prove that in Scottsdale."

Speed and power are this street machine's soul with a 572ci all aluminum Dry Sump Hemi that produces 870hp, a one-off Hogan EFI and a 300 hp two stage Holley direct port NOS. The one-off chassis transfers power to the pavement with billet engine plates and a 6-speed transaxle.

Johnson's 'Cuda also possesses modern handling at high speeds while sitting on 20" rear and 19" front real knock-off Colorado Custom wheels while Red Devil ceramic coated titanium brakes bring it to a rest. One-off lights, grill and front and rear bumpers, along with a full carbon-fiber front end, add contemporary accents to the 'Cuda's classic style.

"A car this exceptional brings a special kind of excitement to the auction," said Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson executive vice president. "The collectors of this type of car are some of the most passionate people in the hobby. The intensity level will be fast and furious when this Cuda crosses the block."

The interior includes numerous one-off features including silver and charcoal-faced gauges with brushed aluminum bezels. The graphite leather surface instills a feeling of luxury during the high-speed experience.

The 'Cuda will cross the block with numerous awards earned, including Goodguy's 2006 Street Machine of the Year, Shades of the Past 2006 Car of the Year, 2005 Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award at SEMA and Chip Foose's Pick at the YearOne Braselton Bash.

Bob Johnson has been buying and selling cars at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events for nearly 15 years. Alan Johnson, no relation to Bob Johnson, and his team at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop spent approximately 15,000 hours building the 'Cuda.

"Owning the 'Cuda has been a great experience, but witnessing Alan Johnson's quest for perfection was priceless," said Bob Johnson. "Our goal was to build the finest street machine in the world, and we certainly succeeded."

Barrett-Jackson continually reaffirms its leadership position in the collector car market by elevating consignment standards, breaking annual records and serving as the barometer for market trends.

Last year, more than 300,000 attendees and millions of television viewers from around the world witnessed over 1,600 cars being auctioned off for approximately $135 million at the two 2006 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events held in Scottsdale and Palm Beach, Fla.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the "World's Greatest Collector Car Events™" in Scottsdale and Palm Beach, Fla. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      The wire is a retainer to keep the spinner on the wheel, if you noticed there are no lug nuts, the whole spinner is spun onto the hub then tighten with a wood or rubber mallet. These kind of wheels were made famous on the Shelby Cobras that were raced against Ferrari, not the Mustangs that are rebadged but the little Austin Healey cars that ole Shelby stuffed 289 and 427 engines into
      • 8 Years Ago
      Incredible car. This is a really expensive car that would be hilariously fun to own and drive around. There's a lot of joy and concentration that this car embodies that seems rare in most high level performance/classic cars.
      Jonny Rock
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is an amazing piece of work. Just beautiful.

      And can anyone tell me what the small metal wire's function on the wheel is?
      • 8 Years Ago
      If there is such a thing as EXOTIC/MUSCLE this is it! Outstanding attention to detail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just saw this car in person today at Captree State Park. No pictures do this car justice. Attention to detail is absolutly amazing and the engine is a monster. It sounds incredible too.
      • 8 Years Ago

      The cars Carroll Shelby modified with 289s and 427s were NOT Austin-Healeys, they were AC Aces.

      As for the wheels, they're called knock off wheels IIRC because as you stated you have to knock off the spinner to remove the wheel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who was the purchaser of this car? Watching the BJ auction, he looked familiar to me, and I saw that he bid on quite a few cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps the greatest modern rework of a timeless classic, WOW. Pitty the folks ad GM/Ford can't take a page from something like this.
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