If you want a slick 'Cuda, now is probably the time to buy. They continue to accelerate in value, and even small block cars like this 1970 340 'Cuda are gaining value by leaps and bounds as the big block cars soar past six figures. With a classic high-performance look, sinister black paint, a 4-speed, and sparkling performance from a stout small block, this is one muscle car that truly delivers on the promises made by its awesome good looks.
There's a good argument to be made that this is the best-looking pony car ever made. Even if you're a GM guy or a Mustang fan, you have to admit that after standing back and watching Ford and Chevy figure out the formula, the Chrysler engineers got it exactly right when the brought out the revised E-bodies. This handsome black 'Cuda appears to be wearing all its factory-original sheetmetal, which in and of itself is a rather rare find. I, for one, am a fan of small block cars because of their superior handling and friendly road manners, and the look is identical from a distance. The bodywork is very nicely done with that black paint looking just about right for a car that's been driven and should be driven a lot more. The Shaker hood was added during the restoration, which you probably won't mind, and I can guarantee that nothing rolling out of the Hamtramck facility in 1970 ever fit together this well. Chrome bumpers fore and aft give it a purposeful, bright look, and between the hood scoop and fog lamps under the front bumper, it's an imposing sight, I don't care what you're driving. From any angle, this car is ultra-clean 'Cuda looks fast just sitting still.
The black interior is another place where taking their time scored the Mopar guys serious advantages. The high-back buckets are beautiful to look at and every bit as comfortable as they look, and the cool center console with pistol-grip shifter remains a highly desirable option. The gauges offer bright, crisp markings and look fantastic in their individual round pods (the temperature gauge doesn't work, but there's an aftermarket unit under the dash), and the woodgrained wheel is a nice find, too. An AM/FM radio is in the dash and it look very correct, but if you need absolute purity the original unit is in the trunk. The seats, carpets, door panels, and dash pad have all been replaced or restored in the not-too-distant past and remain in very good condition thanks to careful ownership over the past few years The trunk is correctly outfitted with a reproduction mat plus a vintage spare tire and original air cleaner assembly.
The engine is a great-running 340 cubic inch V8 linked to a 4-speed manual transmission. We don't know if it's the original engine, but with a rebuild to stock specs save for an Edelbrock carburetor, it has a surprising amount of power for a small block. No doubt, this car will be a handful for anything this side of a Hemi on the street. It's very correctly detailed with Hemi Orange paint on the engine itself, correct reproduction hoses and clamps, and, of course, that giant Shaker hood scoop. Power front disc brakes and a fresh dual exhaust system adorn the chassis and the 8.75-inch rear end features easy-cruising gears. Correct Rallye wheels are surrounded by fat BFGoodrich tires that totally fill the fenders.
You chances to own one of these are getting smaller by the day and it would be a mistake to overlook the small block cars, especially a 4-speed with great colors like this. As this one so ably proves, small blocks can be quite nasty in their own right. Call today!