Modernized Plymouth Hemi Cuda from Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Bid on Original Item to Create Matching Set

There are restomods and then there are retromods. Retromods involve taking a modern car and turning it into something much older – an outwardly vintage vehicle. An amazing example of this is the 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye which has been morphed to look like a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. This vehicle will be on view at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction (2-14 January 2024) as Lot S220, and features carbon fiber composites in its body centerpieces, inspired by that of the ’71 Cuda. Additionally, its livery and four-stage candy purple paint job mirror that of the original car. As an added bonus, those interested can also get their hands on two authentic 1971 Hemi Cudas available at the very same auction.

The vibrant hues of the Hemi Cuda’s rich purple paint hide a remarkable motor beneath its hood – namely, the 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the defunct Charge SRT Hellcat Redeye bound alongside an eight-speed automatic. Packing nothing less than what it does in stock form, you can bolt from 0-60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and reach down the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. Ensuring everything from stability to composure, it is also equipped with a lowered suspension and Hotchkiss sway bars.

The interior of this vehicle is nearly fully original, except for the carbon fiber details highlighted by a subtle purple hue and a Hurst shift level. Its door panels are covered with suede, while the headliner has been customized with fiber optic lighting designed to show off the Hellcat logo.

The chassis is an artwork in and of itself. Crafted with pre-preg carbon fiber, then hardened in an autoclave, it offers a blend of both contemporary and traditional components. The grille – milled from billet 6061 aluminum – transports one back to the original, whilst the striking livery plus purple lustre are flawless. Lastly, the center-exit exhausts truly tops off the car’s aesthetics.

The engine compartment is accentuated by a shade of purple as vibrant as the outer covering. This time, the carbon fiber has been tinted darkly instead of being coated with paint.

It is estimated that the item in question will garner between three hundred and seventy-five thousand, to four hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars come early next month.

Accompanying the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cudas being auctioned off is the perfect car: one of just 108 that were manufactured for the 1971 line. With an accolade-filled past with its previous owner, who had been behind the wheel since ’94, and a verifiable background, this splendid Cuda merits admiration.

This authentically designed automobile has the original 426 cubic inches Hemi V8 engine beneath the hood and is attached to its authentic automatic transmission. Out of all created in this specific configuration, this car is one of only 48.

Here at this place, we don’t throw around the word ‘minter’ loosely; that’s because the automobile has been through a thorough, frame-off renovation. It boasts a TorRed finish and V1X Black vinyl top, two classic black HEMI billboard stickers over an H6XV orange and black interior.

In the early 2000s, it garnered several accolades and in 2008, the Mopar Action magazine ran a feature on it.

Anticipating a price between $350,000 and $450,000 when it sells next month, this unique item is an ideal complement for the vintage-style automobile mentioned above.

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