1970 Plymouth 'Cuda
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1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440 BIG BLOCK, Automatic, AIR CONDITIONED

This California born, numbers matching, "U" Code High Performance 440 CI 4bbl was rotisserie restored five years ago. The Cuda has been show driven sparingly since, garage kept, and well cared for. The drivetrain is 100% numbers matching, including Engine, Transmission, and Rear end. The entire drivetrain was rebuilt to factory specifications as a part of the restoration. All the accessories work, especially the Air Conditioning. All the VIN numbers are intact, including the original Fender Tag, Dash Tag, Radiator Support, Cowl, Door Sticker, Engine, and Transmission. White interior, automatic, with air conditioning, makes it perfectly equipped for summertime cruising.


This is an original California born car, lived a dry rust-free life and has been taken down to bare metal as part of the restoration. The fit, finish, and trim work are excellent. The paint is mirror smooth with no discernable wear, even the front and rear valances are clean and clear of any rock chips or road rash. The white vinyl appears near new and keeps the car nice and cool. Bright work and chrome shows very strong with only minimal crazing consistent with summer driving and seasonal “show and shine” duty.


The interior is restored to factory stock and is in nearly new condition. All the lights, accessories, and gauges work. The rim-blow steering wheel works and can use a new clock spring to be 100% reliable. Looking at all areas inside, it is apparent that the car was completely restored including Legendary interior panels and seat covers. The gauges are rebuilt, the wiring harnesses are new.

Engine Bay

The engine bay shows stock, aside from a modern battery for reliability, and is clean and well-sorted. Hoses, belts, and wires are fresh and supple, certain to provide a long service life. Engine wiring harness appears new. Coolant and fuel lines are likewise sealed and dry. There is no evidence of oil leaks or seepage. Not only is this a factory appearing, show ready engine bay, it also demonstrates how road ready the car also is.


Factory correct underbody shows only minimal wear normally associated with occasional, fair weather road use. It lacks some of the Concours details, like inspection marks and a slavish compliance of suspension component colors. Yet, it is clean and obvious that each component has been restored mechanically and refinished to an “like new” condition. One variation from stock- urethane suspension bushings, combined with modern radials improve the driving experience dramatically from stock.

A Cuda with high contrast interior, a Big Block Engine, and working Air Conditioning that is well done, well sorted, and well maintained, this is the ideal candidate if you are looking for a turn-key vintage Mopar to drive and enjoy all season.

Decoding of Fender Tag:

Bottom to Top, Left to Right
Code Description
E86 440-4 Barrel High Performance
D32 H-D A-727 TorqueFlite Trans / Some Years A-998
B = Plymouth Barracuda
S = Special
23 = 2 Door Hardtop
U = 440 375HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL
0 = 1970
E = Los Angeles, CA, USA
125015 Sequence Number '125015'
Paint Code: Bright Blue Metallic / Blue Fire Irid
Trim Grade/Style/Color
H = High
6 = Vinyl Bucket Seats
X = Black
000 Upper Door Frame: Full Door Panel
C10 Date Built: 12 / 10 / 1969
042436 Order Number: 042436
V1W Roof Type OR Color: Full Vinyl Top - White
A01 Light Package
A62 Rallye Instrument Cluster
B51 Power Assisted Brakes
C16 Console w/ Buckets
C55 Bucket Seats
G36 Left Hand Remote, Right Hand Manual Outside Mirror
H51 Single Air /w Heater
J25 3 Speed Variable Wipers
J45 Hood Tie Down Pins
L31 Hood / Fender Mount Turn Signal
M21 Roof Drip Rail Moldings
M25 Wide Sill Molding
M31 Belt Molding 69-70
M88 Quarter Panel Tape Treatment
N41 Dual Exhaust w/o Tips
N42 Chrome Dual Exhaust Tips
N85 Tachometer
R35 AM / FM Multiplex Stereo
V1W Full Vinyl Top - White
26 26 in. Radiator
END End of Codes

Principal Use

Driven Show Car

Conditional Grade

80%-89% of new condition. Shows minimal wear. High touch surfaces have small blemishes and/or flaws and plated finishes have dulled. Components may show patina and/or blemishes consistent with repeated show detailing, transport, occasional driving on dry roads and outdoor display.

Overall Originality

Pure Stock Appearing

A restored car in near factory condition where the equipment of the vehicle match the VIN and documentation description. This type of restoration may incorporate a majority of aftermarket reproduction parts. The car will appear stock in a broad sense, attention to the finer factory details are not adhered to.

SYA's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

*Genuine, Numbers Matching, "U" Code High Performance 440 4bbl
*Factory Blue over White, White Top
*Factory Air Conditioning, Console Automatic
*Rallye Gauges
*Power Brakes


Engine Type
Engine Size
Fuel Specification


Body Color
B5 Blue
Body Style
Paint Type




Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
Engine Size
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Body Style
Principal Use
Driven Show Car
Conditional Grade
Overall Originality
Pure Stock Appearing
Current Location
Parkland, FL

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