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Former Beach Boy Al Jardine's Hemi 'Cuda – Click above for high-res image gallery

Al Jardine, a founding member of the Beach Boys, was definitely not feeling good vibrations with this one. His restored Hemi Cuda recreation was stolen in St. Louis in 1975. It was returned that same year, but the authorities never removed the convertible from the stolen vehicle database.

The car was slated for auction at this year's Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, but when a Motor Vehicle Department official noticed that the numbers on the car didn't match those on the title, the Phoenix police impounded the classic. Turns out the car wears remakes of its original VIN, but the 'Cuda was given a new VIN when it was re-registered after being stolen.

The St. Louis police gave the all-clear, though, so the Plymouth has been released and will make it to the auction dais. It will probably be playing, softly, "Don't worry baby, everything will be all right..."



[Source: ABC15]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      worthless sh*t.

      you waste your money on a car, that probably doesn't have any safety features.
      huge as a boat and handles as one, carburator, drum brakes, solid axle, leave springs, analog technology, and so on, and so on.

      what do you guys see in such piece of crap?
      darn farmers, probably didn't notice we had a millenium change more than 10 years back.
      why do you try to restore each old crap car?

      squeeze it and off to china.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The gallery is of the wrong car (Lot# 963.1) The Jardine car is Lot# 1246, color Plum Crazy:

      http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?aid=304&ln=1246&pop=0&it=1
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone fill me in on what a "recreation" is? Is this a kit car or somehow modified to be a 'cuda from something else?
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the old days, we used to call them "bogus" cars. Like a Pontiac LeMans done over to look like a GTO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chances are, this is going to make it even more valuable - collectors always love a good story behind an item.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damned Authorities!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like that color combo. Very cool retro vibe and it appears to be in good shape as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cuda rules bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      damn...i was born in the wrong damn decade
      • 5 Years Ago
      That just may be the ugliest Barracuda ever made.

      Still like it.