Sunday 23 October 2016
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Mecum Takes Us To Hemi-Powered Heaven

Mecum Takes Us To Hemi-Powered Heaven

If you love Hemi-powered classic american muscle, you’ll be simply giddy over the cars going up for auction at Mecum Kissimmee in 2016. They are some of the rarest around and will go for a pretty penny.

Two Hemi Cuda Convertibles plus a Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible are among 31, yes 31, classic Hemi vehicles going across the block January 15-24th at the largest collector-car and Road Art auction in the world.

The most coveted, and priciest, E-body drop-tops were built by the Plymouth Division during a very short time frame.  They were produced during the final two years of the 426 Hemi engine’s availability in street-production models. These types of rare cars are so sought after right now that they’re expected to sell in the multi-million dollar range previously reserved for the legendary prewar classics and the most exclusive European-built sports cars.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

The most coveted offering is a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F109) finished in Lemon Twist paint with the code-E74 Hemi mill and a drop-top body design. Only 14 with that combination were built that model year. It’s also only one of five A833 4-speeds behind the engine. It’s estimated to sell for $2,750,000 – $3,500,000.

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

Next up, a Sno-White 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F102). It’s the first of only five automatic-equipped drop tops built the last year of Hemi production. The buyer opted to leave the large billboard graphics off, but still selected a black top and interior, giving the car a unique two-tone appearance. The N96 Shaker scoop on top of the 426/425 HP Hemi was also done in black. It’s auction estimate? $2,000,000 – $2,500,000.

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible

Collectors will also be excited about a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible (Lot F111) finished in Sublime Green paint. That year, 1,070 people bought new R/T convertibles, and this is only one of four with a Hemi/automatic combination. It’s also expected to sell for $2,000,000 – $2,500,000

There are other Mopar gems as well. They include a 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T Convertible(Lot F105), a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda (Lot F100) and a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Lot F103).


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