1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda
1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda -
True “A53” Coded AAR 'Cuda - 440 6Pack - Bucket Seats - Rallye Instrument Cluster
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Here's a car that is an interesting combination of MOPAR parts and styling, and a true AAR 'Cuda. This car features a 440ci V8 under the hood, Plum Crazy paint, and an interior that offers bucket seats and a Rallye Instrument cluster.
The road going AAR 'Cudas were built to homologate Dan Gurney's race car for the TransAm Series, and like the race cars were really capable performance cars. In fact, Car and Driver called the 'Cuda “every inch a hot rod” in the July 1970 issue. Homologation requirements called for at least 1,900 vehicles to be built for sale to the public, but 2,724 units of the 'Cuda rolled out of the factory.
Just as it would've left the factory in “TransAm package” trim (A53), this car has painted racing mirrors, rear spoiler, fiberglass hood (fresh air package/code N94), hood pins, a black “strobe stripe”, and an exterior antenna at the rear of the car. This 'Cuda is currently painted a different color than what it left the factory in, which was Sassy Grass Green (FJ6). Evidence of the original color can be seen on the Fender Tag. Although the car doesn't have the factory color, the current color sticks with the High Impact Colors palette that was offered at the time, and looks to be Plum Crazy. A noticeable change to the factory AAR 'Cuda equipment is the exhaust exiting from the rear panel just below the bumper. The AAR 'Cudas and Challenger T/As had 'trumpet' exhaust pipes that exited just ahead of the rear wheels and a smooth rear panel just below the rear bumper. The fresh air package utilized a fiberglass hood with a strategically placed air inlet to feed the air intake. Inspired by the TransAm cars, only the hood pins hold the hood down.
The black interior features vinyl bucket seats just as it left the factory. The door panels have been changed to Gran Coupe panels at some point in its lifetime, we're not sure why that was done. Aesthetically they look nice since they have woodgrain trim, which matches the Rallye Instrument cluster. Speaking of the instrument cluster, the Rallye package offers a 150mph speedometer, Voltmeter, Fuel, Oil, and Temperature gauges, and the aforementioned wood grain trim.
This car rolled out of the Hamtramck production facility in early March of 1970 with a 340 Six Pack under the hood, which has since been changed to a 440 Six Pack mated to an automatic transmission. Evidence of the vehicle's re-spray in Plum Crazy can be seen on the underside at the front and rear of the car in the form of a little bit of overspray. The combination of the 440 Six Pack and the automatic transmission make the car a little easier to drive and gives the car more power under foot.
This true AAR 'Cuda is a very cool car, and is one of the hot cars of the early '70's. The 'Cuda's did well in the TransAm Series, and with limited numbers produced to homologate them, true AAR's can be difficult to find. While this car has gone 'under the knife' in a few areas, it is an awesome vintage MOPAR that's ready to be enjoyed. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.