Three exceptional Hemi ragtops set for Mecum Florida auction

The 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible is a rare four-speed example | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible is a rare four-speed example | Mecum Auctions photos

Three legendary Hemi drop-tops from the golden age of muscle cars will rumble across the block during Mecum Auctions’ sale January 15-24 in Kissimmee, Florida.

The huge 10-day auction, with as many as 3,000 collector cars expected, will feature this threesome of “blue chip” Mopars, each powered by a 426/425hp Hemi V8, each of them with a multi-million-dollar value estimate. Mecum notes they are among 31 Hemi-powered performance cars that will be offered at Kissimmee.

The cars, which all will be auctioned on Friday, January 22, are:

The 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda is a graphics-deleted version
The 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda is a graphics-deleted version

A 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible in Lemon Twist paint, one of just 14 ragtop 426 Hemi ‘Cudas built that model year, and one of only five with a four-speed manual transmission. Pre-auction estimated value: $2.75 million to $3.5 million.

A 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, one of five with automatic transmissions, presented in a unique Sno White-and-black color treatment with deleted graphics and a shaker hood. Pre-auction estimated value: $2.25 million to $2.75 million.

A 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible finished in Sublime Green paint, and one of just nine R/T convertibles with a Hemi engine, and only four with this Hemi/automatic transmission configuration. Pre-auction estimated value: $2 million to $2.5 million.

The 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T looks stunning in green
The 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T looks stunning in green

“Spurred on by a number of factors, the convertible E-body models built by the Plymouth Division during the final two years of the 426 Hemi engine’s availability in street-production models have proven time and again to be the blue chips of collector investment,” Mecums says in a news release.

“Repeatedly reaching into the value territory that has been previously reserved for the legendary prewar classics and the most exclusive European-built sports cars, the Hemi ‘Cuda convertible ‘owner’s club’ is very small and exclusive indeed; few people today will ever get the chance to join.”

The rare Hemi convertibles will join a strong lineup of special performance Mopars featured during the Friday sale, including a 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T convertible, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda coupe and a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona, one of 20 with a four-speed manual.

For more information about Mecum’s Florida sale, visit the auction website.

3 thoughts on “Three exceptional Hemi ragtops set for Mecum Florida auction”

  1. If any of you are wondering why the “car hobby” is dying, take note: does anyone think a young, car-interested person will ever see one of these overpriced mastodons on the road? And at that, everyone knows why there are so few of these cars: they weren’t very good performance cars even in their day. Overweight engine that is hard to keep in tune and usually slower in a 1/4 mile than a 4 barrel 440 OR a 440 Six pack…and we all know which “Big 3″manufacturer is the ONLY one to have the federal government go after them over excessive rust in their cars don’t we? Clue:it isn’t Ford or GM…….

  2. Obviously you are a ford or gm lover, as for performance, the 440 6 pack and the 426 Hemi ruled the streets and track back then, and the hellcat is top dog today, so you don’t what your talking about!

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