Oh baby, is this car a beauty. This month, a very rare muscle car will go on the auction block in Monterey and for no small chump change. This 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible is expected to fetch upwards of $2.5 million at Mecum’s annual Daytime Auction held at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course on August 13-15.
The prized droptop carries a pre-auction estimate of $2.5-3 million and is one of just 14 Hemi Cuda Convertibles produced in 1970—only nine of which were equipped with the automatic transmission. This particular beauty sports the legendary 426 Hemi V-8 engine and carries a stylish shape penned by the then 27-year-old John Herlitz, under the watchful eye of Chrysler Design Chief Elwood Engel.
Herlitz, who died in 2008 at the age of 65, is perhaps best known for his redesign of the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. He was rewarded for his efforts with the convertible which received a comprehensive restoration in 2002 by Cummins Restorations. It’s served as the centerpiece of some of the finest Mopar collections in the world. The factory broadcast sheet documents its origin as an executive lease or demonstrator, ordered with nearly every available option and finished in triple black. The rarity of these cars, coupled with the fact that this was Herlitz’s personal Hemi Cuda Convertible, make this one of the most coveted muscle cars of its time.
One of the Ferrari’s up for grabs is a Hollywood collectors item, as it’s the original white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Don Johnson on the television series “Miami Vice.” There is also a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, and with only 1,269 kilometers on the odometer, it’s one of the lowest-mileage Ferrari’s in the world.