If you want proof that your classic car truly acts as an investment in your future, look no further than the latest results from Mecum Kissimmee. Classic muscle cars are selling for millions of dollars, and the following vehicles were recently sold at a seemingly impossibly high price. These muscle cars represent some of the finest historic vehicles out there, and it’s beginning to looking like an exciting year for new auctions.
No 1: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cude convertible is a legend in its own right. It was produced during a very short time period that lasted from 1970 to 1971. Impressively, this vehicle only had 27,500 miles on it, which is one of the factors that contributed to its high selling point. It sold for nearly $2.7 million. Boasting a 426/425 horsepower engine and a four-speed transmission, it comes from a time when gears were few and engines were powerful.
Add-ons to the vehicle include a Shaker Hood, High Impact paint, and Super Trak Pak. Most of the original sheet metal remains intact, and this highly optioned car makes it worth its weight in gold. Some of the most notable features include a 26-inch radiator, power front disc brakes, a Sure Grip gear set, and a Dana 60 differential. The interior is also no slouch with black vinyl interior and an A01 light group. It also features a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter and a vintage Music Master AM radio. Couple this with the fact that it’s one of five four-speed Hemi Cuda convertibles produced in 1970, and you have an extremely rare and valuable vehicle.
No 2: 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible
The 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible was known for the ability to customize it to the buyer’s personality. The convertible was an expensive car to own, but that didn’t stop die-hards from securing one of their own. The vehicle that recently sold went for $2.3 million. The 1971 vehicle was known for its ornamented styling, but this particular beauty is somewhat understated. That makes this vehicle a rare find with its GW3 Sno-White paint.
The vehicle is one of the only five automatic Hemi Cuda convertibles that were created in 1971. It was also the last year that the Hemi was produced. It features a 426/425 horsepower, Hemi V8 engine and boasts a 3.55 Sure Grip differential. The vehicle also comes with a much-needed power steering and brakes, which make it a practical vehicle to drive. The interior features black bucket seats, an R26 AM radio that includes a microphone and cassette combination, and it also has the original carpet and door tags. The exterior offers chrome bumpers and tail panel moldings.
No 3: 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible
The 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible sold for $1.65 million. This vehicle is unique as it is one of only four Hemi/automatic combinations purchased in 1970. On a broader scale, 1,070 people purchased a new R/T convertible in 1970, but only nine selected the Hemi engine. The vehicle was featured in the 1999 issue of Mopar Muscle, and it is still a highly sought-after vehicle amongst muscle-car enthusiasts. The original owner, Frank Badalson, purchased this vehicle as a college student. He understood how unique this vehicle was, but he only drove it for about a year and sold it in 1976. He got a chance to buy it back in 1994 with only an extra 6,000 miles on it.
The vehicle features an R-Code 426/425 horsepower Hemi engine with automatic transmission. A 956 radiator, power steering, and drum brakes also help to make this vehicle stand out. The interior offers black bucket-style seats, power windows, a Rallye dash and a Rim Blow steering wheel. The gray exterior is adorned with hood tie down pins, a white convertible top, Rallye wheels and painted mirrors. You’ll even find a luggage rack on this monster. Since its restoration, the vehicle only has 1,140 miles on it. With so few of these vehicles around, it’s extremely rare for one of these historic beasts to come up for sale.
No 4: 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
The 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda sold for $950,000. There were many reasons for the limited production of Hemi vehicles. For one, insurance rates were high. They were also rather gas-unfriendly. However, for people who did get one of these vehicles and kept it in good repair, it has become an investment that pays for itself many times over. This particular vehicle is unrestored and comes with the original invoice. There is also a documented ownership history, which is rare for this type of vehicle.
It includes an original R-Code 426/425 horsepower Hemi engine, and the original four-speed transmission. A Dana rear end helps to accentuate its uniqueness, and the GA4 Winchester Gray Metallic paint is the original historic color. The vehicle also has some fame through a feature in the Mopar Muscle (June 2002), Mr. Norm’s Sport Club (November 2001), and Mopar Collector’s Guide (September 2002). Inside, you’ll find black leather bucket seats, a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter and the original stereo system.
No 5: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker sold for $710,000. Authorities rate this vehicle as one of the best-kept versions of this model. It’s historically important and has been Bloomington Gold Certified. It also received an NCRS Top Flight Award. It’s one of 63 models produced with a 36-gallon fuel tank. It’s also only one of 199 manufactured with a Z06 package. The vehicle is also noteworthy for including the original sales brochure, warranty booklet and owner’s packet. It comes with all of the award certificates to enhance its illustrious history.
The vehicle offers a 327/320 horsepower engine with a four-speed T-10 transmission. It includes power brakes and a dual circuit master cylinder. The vehicle is complete with a documented ownership history that extends to 1975. One interesting fact is that it was produced on Valentine’s Day in 1963. It was then delivered to Atzenhoffer Chevrolet in Victoria, Texas, and is one of the most well-maintained vehicles for its time. The interior offers a Wonderbar radio and a red interior. It has the original factory body/trim tag, and it includes several high-performance items like heavy-duty finned metallic brakes, cooling fans, shocks and a sway bar. The vehicle was sold by a collector who owned the vehicle for the last 35 years. The restoration of the vehicle was completed in 1984, and it uses new off the shelf (NOS) or refurbished original parts.
For those who love to restore old vehicles, and keep these vehicles looking like new, it’s a good time to be an investor. While most of us don’t have a few million dollars lying around to purchase one of these historic specimens, we can still salivate over them as they are sure to be promoted in the various muscle car magazines that are always looking for the next big thing in restored cars.
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