Remember those mid-engine Plymouth Barracuda coupes that popped wheelies high enough to warrant under-car advertisements? Well, owner Bill Sefton is now selling them as a four-car collection with Mecum Auctions. The high-riding 'Cudas - officially the Hurst Hemi Under Glass (HUG) cars - were built by Hurst for the Factory Experimental (A/FX) class to advertise the company's aftermarket shifters and wheels. The HUGs were rear-heavy, enough so that they sprinted down the drag strip in a very unconventional manner that proved great for advertising!

The madness started when George Hurst was talking with Hot Rod Magazine Tech Editor Ray Brock, who suggested to Hurst that building a mid-engine Barracuda would make it quicker off the line, courtesy of more weight over the drive wheels. Brock even came up with the name, Hemi Under Glass. After Hurst (the company) built it, what it instead had was an endearing classic that transferred its weight a little too easily and wasn't able to put all the Hemi V8's power to the ground without lifting the front wheels and scraping the rear bumper on the ground.

The first HUG was built for the 1965 season, and also was ran in the 1966 season before being destroyed. The 1966 HUG that's for sale is a replica built in the early 1990s by former Hurst mechanic, fabricator and HUG driver Bob Riggle. The only original HUG cars for sale in the collection are the 1967 and 1968 cars, the latter of which is supercharged and was the first HUG to have a solid-mounted driveline. The 1969 HUG was built in 2010 by Riggle, and also uses a supercharger to force more power from the 468 cubic-inch Hemi.

Remember, if you want one of these cars, you'll have too buy all four - they don't come separately. The HUG collection will hit the auction block on October 12 at the Mecum Chicago Auction.


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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      No your Honda can't do that!
        David Corsaro
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Neither can a Vette, Viper, or Mustang.
        yankeedoug1121
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        back in the day i had a 64 GTO with straight front axle and a 427 from corvette with the old stone crusher 4 speed and a sweet poss i unit from and old caddy. and that bad boy pulled the wheels off not only in 1rst but in 2nd and even a touch in third NO BS was the nastiest thing i ever drove. ask them boys south of BOSTON !
          mstitchintime
          • 1 Year Ago
          @yankeedoug1121
          I had a rock crusher 4 speed , but never heard of a stone crusher , never heard of a caddy with a posi eather
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @yankeedoug1121
          Pulling the front wheels off the ground in 3rd is a sign your suspension was not properly set up, lifting the wheels off the ground at 90 mph is stupid. And it's a Rock Crusher. Not sure what kind of Caddys you were around, but I've never heard of poaching a POSI unit from Cadillac.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        http://youtu.be/EsxnIRDV6Z8 Oh, you meant a car! http://youtu.be/gMSKi6yPuX0
      ccbluethunder
      • 1 Year Ago
      You controlled the steering with the rear brakes. It has a separate brake control for each rear wheel. All wheel standing drag cars are steered like that.
        justgoawaymad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ccbluethunder
        Thats not true, the racers quickly realised that you needed the full braking power to stop one of these from over 100mph. So loose brakes to steer was not the answer. Most of them use slider blocks in back.
          Rik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          Actually, you are wrong. The '65/66 had no rear wheel brakes, but the '67 had a 2 lever rear braking system, and the '68 had a 1 lever rear wheel braking system. As we all know, cars have a dual braking system in the rear, it's called a park, or emergency brake, and can be easily adapted for the rear steer system.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The advertisement should say "If you can read this you're about to get run over"
      ectullis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do remember
      Bill Carlisle
      • 1 Year Ago
      no use
      pretty
      • 1 Year Ago
      sss
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a diecast version of the pictured car, signed by driver Bob Riggle as well as a signed Hemi Under Glass T-shirt. The coolest of them all is the 67 or 68 Barracuda, they found it in a field in Canada 10-15 years ago, everything was basically gone except the odd-ball transmission these used because the engine was in the back, documentation further proved it was the original car. Bob bought it and fully restored it....
      pretty
      • 1 Year Ago
      hy
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      No big deal my wife was late for an appointment the other day and I saw her lift the front wheels in her MDX as she was leaving the Cul-de-sac.
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      A friend of mine bought a 135i new several years ago, and has had nothing but issues with it ever since, one of which caused the car to stop running on the highway and left him stranded. Meanwhile my personal car that he loved to make fun of for being a Chevy... gee no issues. I'm not saying every Chevy is some paragon of quality - but it was very amusing none the less to keep hearing about all these problems when it came to his super precious ultra perfect my car is the best car there ever was or will be car.
      Tommy Riggle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yep,on the block!!!!!!!!!BUT>>>>NO SALE!!!!!Cars to be taken to Kissemee and sold as four individual cars!!
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Throw it into a trailer park!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
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