By Dave Ashton
Engine: 440cid V8, 375hp
Transmission: 3 speed 727 Torqueflite Automatic
Color: B5 Blue
At this time of year muscle car owners are usually packing away their prized possessions for the winter months. But, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of prime examples up for sale. This example is a rather fine looking ‘U’ Code, numbers matching 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440, dressed in B5 Blue, with a blue interior. It’s not exactly a bargain, but it is a numbers matching car, its in the Chrysler Registry and its biggest claims is that it is #1 of 1 with its options.
Apparently, the ‘one of’ comes from the 1 of 618 that has the rare combo of a 440ci. high performance engine, 4 barrel and a 727 Torqueflite transmission. Built on February 20th, 1970, its also #34 of 46 produced at the Los Angeles, CA plant and #8 of 13 equipped with factory air.
It seems like it’s had a complete restoration, both inside and out and even has the original Mopar glass windshield. It also has a Dana 60 Sure Grip rear with 3.54 gears, bucket seats, push-button radio, factory power steering, power disc brakes and Rallye wheels with correct Polyglas GT F-60-15 tires.
There’s no mention of any paperwork, but the listing does say the car has the original fender tag, cowl stamp, radiator support stamp, engine stamp, transmission stamp and door stamp. It’s also a one owner car prior to the restoration.
The car is clearly in excellent condition and is said to have the Galen Govier stamp of approval. It would have been nice to see some images of the paperwork to show its authenticity, but that will be down to any interested parties asking for those upfront before you start the bargaining process. 1970 Cudas can reach three figure sums with the right combo of options, which means ideally, this car would need some third-party verification before you part with any money.
If all things checkout, this is a mighty fine example of a Cuda and if it is truly 1 of 1, it could be a nice little investment piece for the future.