1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR – CU0442

1970 plymouth cuda - aar

  • Stock #: CU0442
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Vehicle Description

One of major elements that makes the muscle car era so magical is the factory horsepower wars.  The big three – GM, Ford, and Chrysler — lived by the motto “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” And major racing sanctioning bodies required that the cars run in their series were cars the public could actually buy.  So they had “homologation” rules that required a minimum number of cars, engines, body mods etc. to be built and offered to the general public before they could be raced. This was the greatest thing ever for performance fans!  It spawned such ultra performance creations as the Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird, the Boss 429 Mustang, The Boss 302 Mustang, Z28 Camaro, pretty much all Hemi cars, and this little beauty, the beautifully balanced AAR ‘Cuda.  AAR stood for Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers Trans-Am racing team. Dan Gurney himself wheeled an AAR Cuda in the ultra-competitive Trans-Am series. So with these homologation cars, you got some serious hardware. They were far more than appearance packages.  With the AAR, the big thing Mopar fans love is the 340 6-barrel engine. It was laughingly rated at a mere 290 horsepower. More gamesmanship! The 340 has a fine reputation to begin with, but this version is at the top. Obviously, the 6-barrel carb setup qualifies it as an iconic Mopar mill.  But the block itself is special. In Trans-am racing, the 340 was destroked to fit the 305 inch maximum. It was also fitted with four-bolt mains. This block has the extra material for this mod, and it renders the block a valuable collector’s item and an essential part of a true AAR engine. In 1970, as you know, Plymouth was not shy about identifying its performance cars.  This one is smack in the middle of the Rapid Transit System with its Fiberglass hood with hood pins, blacked out upper half, staggered tires (way ahead of its time!), and a unique side exit exhaust system. The front and rear spoilers completed the look and were functional on the race track. 2724 AAR Cudas were built in about six weeks so their racing counterparts could compete in SCCA’s series.  1120 of them were four speeds, and only 96 sported the high-impact Vitamin C color. You don’t have to be an expert to decode the fender tag that says “Trans Am!” But with a rare and highly desirable car like this, it’s nice to have documentation. This car comes complete with detailed photos of the restoration, along with its original build sheet, a neat reproduction window sticker, title documentation, and another very helpful item, the owner’s manual.  This car obviously has a lot of important pedigree and neat features, but the bottom line is that it’s a car. Meaning that it sounds simply awesome, handles like it’s on rails, it’s comfortable, and you can truly enjoy all the care that went into the engineering of this truly special machine to put all those other guys on the trailer!

Vehicle Description

One of major elements that makes the muscle car era so magical is the factory horsepower wars.  The big three…

Vehicle Highlights

  • 340ci 290hp AAR V8 Engine
  • 6-barrel Carburation (3x2 barrel)
  • 4-speed Manual Transmission
  • Original Broadcast Sheet
  • Title Documentation
  • Reproduction Window Sticker
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Restoration Photos
  • Pistol-grip Shifter
  • 1 of 96 in Vitamin C Orange
  • Blacked out Fiberglass Hood and Trim
  • Black Interior with Bucket Seats
  • Center Console
  • Staggered-sized Goodyear Polyglas Tires
  • Side-exit Exhaust
  • Front and Rear Spoilers
  • Power Steering
  • Power Disc Brakes
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