Just say those words out loud – 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible. Sends chills down your spine, doesn’t it? I’m not a Chrysler / Plymouth / Dodge / Mopar whatever fan at all. I hate the company, I hate the cars. But even I have a huge soft spot for a car like this. See, back in 1971, only 11 people were brave enough to pony up the extra cash for a Hemi powered Cuda Convertible. 11. Eleven. Not 111, not 11 hundred. just 11.
So when this pristine example of a 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible sold for 2.2 million American dollars at RM Auctions, no one blinked an eye. There really aren’t many vehicles that are this exceedingly rare – it’s really quite amazing if you think about it. But back in 1971, the Hemi had a few things going against it. For one, the price was absurd for the times – as much as 70% more than the 440 powered Cuda. Then there was the fact that the engine had a very ‘lumpy’ idle, which turned off many would-be buyers. And of course the whole lack of low-end torque was an issue. See, the Hemi of that era was built for racing, which means it was built very much-so for high-end performance.
So would I spend 2 million dollars on a 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible? Well, no. But mostly because I don’t have 2.2 million dollars. But if I was fortunate enough to be so wealthy, you can be damned sure I’d do everything I could to add one of these fantastic cars to my collection. I’d put money on these puppies appreciating in value quite a bit in the coming years. See, they’re not making any more, and they’re only going to become more in demand. Via Autoblog.