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1971 Plymouth 'Cuda

Rotisserie Restored 'Cuda Convertible 488 V8 525 HP 3 Speed Automatic
Stock #
Body Style
440 V8
Exterior Color
Bahama Yellow
Interior Color
White & Black

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1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Yellow For Sale
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  • 488 cubic inch RB V8 assembled by Charlie Mullen of Burtis Racing Inc.
  • 8.75-inch rear end / Sure Grip differential / 3.55 gears
  • 15-inch Rallye wheels
  • Modern audio system
  • 525 horsepower / 560 lb./ft. of torque
  • Power steering
  • Bahama Yellow paint / White top
  • A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Air Conditioning

Investment grade Plymouth ‘Cudas have been fetching serious money for years now. It seems that, when it comes to muscle cars, there’s just something about big engine, square-jawed MoPars that turns grown men into star struck admirers. And while that’s great for collectors, and the few lucky owners who’ve managed to hang onto their old school E-Body for two or three decades, it tends to leave most classic car enthusiasts out in the cold. Fortunately the term ‘numbers-matching’ and the word “Hemi” aren’t the only indicators of this brand’s market success. And if you’re looking for an ultimate piece of Detroit metal to show AND tear up the road in, cars like this thoroughly massaged 440/Torqueflite combo are just as cool and just as much fun. Not only does this sweet Plymouth come with 525 horsepower and choice appointments, it also wears a clean and exceptionally solid restoration. If you’re one of the countless enthusiasts who wants a top dog muscle car that they can enjoy and admire, this topless ‘Cuda is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

Is there a rarer Chrysler pigment than Bahama Yellow? As one of the more subdued and scarce hues to come out of Auburn Hill’s hip, ’brighter is better’ mindset, code EL5 yellow is some of the crispest paint to ever adorn classic MoPar metal. Naturally, the fall-like color looks right at home highlighting this ground-up restored ‘Cuda’s laser-straight panels, razor-sharp lines and rock-solid profile. When expertly applied under fresh white vinyl and buffed to a show worthy shine, it becomes an absolutely fantastic reminder as to just how cool Detroit’s golden era really was. And overall, the car’s first class finish creates a high gloss visual masterpiece which oozes the bare knuckle confidence and old school appeal that made Plymouth street warriors the stuff of legends!

Thanks to its high dollar transformation, this ‘Cuda’s crisp shut lines and spectacular panel alignment present much better today than when it rolled down Chrysler’s storied assembly lines. At the front of the car, a stainless-trimmed, ‘71-exclusive grille hangs four halogen headlamps above an elastomeric bumper, traditional driving lights and clear, sculpted parking lamps. At the top of that grille, a “PLYMOUTH” branded hood anchors a Satin Black shaker and factory-style lanyards in front of like-new glass, clean stainless trim and Bahama Yellow mirrors. At the sides of that hood, satin door handles and stylish fender vents ride above fresh wheel lips, straight rocker trim and a trademark Chrysler pentastar. And at the back of the car, a Satin Black valence hangs a cool “’Cuda” emblem between clear tail lamps, a guarded elastomeric bumper and correct stainless exhaust tips.

Pull the pins on this ‘Cuda’s smooth yellow hood and you’ll find a stout RB V8 that’s been stroked to 488 cubic inches by Charlie Mullen of Burtis Racing Inc. Dressed in bright orange paint, that ’78-cast mill utilizes Edelbrock aluminum heads, ROSS Racing Pistons and a giant Holley carburetor to turn solid 9.3 to 1 compression into 525 horsepower and 560 lb./ft. of torque. That stump-pulling twist starts in an aluminum intake, which sacrifices a rich air/fuel mixture to an Eagle crank, Eagle rods and a .480 MoPar Performance cam. Compression is sparked by thick MSD Super Conductor plug wires, which are snapped onto a correct points distributor. Spent gases travel through elaborate, long-tube headers. And the big engine’s cylinders are cooled by a high quality aluminum radiator, which comes complete with a polished overflow tank. Visually, the body-matched bay of this stellar Plymouth is in brilliant, show-ready condition featuring immaculate detailing. And naturally, ancillaries like an Optima gel cell battery, finned MoPar Performance valve covers and a correct Chrysler washer reservoir add increased form to impressive function.

This ‘Cuda’s fully restored chassis and drivetrain are just as straight forward as its solid exterior panels and clean engine bay. The buff Chrysler RB churns power through an era-correct A727 Torqueflite. That smooth gearbox twists a correct 8.75-inch rear end, which spins a Sure Grip differential around 3.55 gears. Included in the restoration was a completely rebuilt suspension that, thanks to welded subframe connectors, helps the car hook up quicker and perform better. Braking comes courtesy of power-assisted discs and drums. Quick turns and tighter circles are a product of factory-style power steering. Ferocious audio is produced by an H-shaped crossover and mean Dynomax mufflers. At the corners, 15-inch Rallye wheels spin fresh 235/60 BF Goodrich Radial T/As in front of 255/60 BF Goodrich Radial T/As. And aesthetically, the bottom of this cool Plymouth is fully detailed and ready for go, from its glossy floors and rear sway bar to its MoPar oil pan and Mopar windage tray.

Inside, the car’s well-executed Black and White interior is simple, functional and looks almost as good as new. The leather bucket and vinyl bench seats are showroom fresh, showing hardly any signs of wear. In front of those seats, a warp-free dash hangs rebuilt Rallye gauges above a Pioneer CD player and controls for modern air conditioning. Below that dash, Black carpet centers a small T-handle shifter inside a correct console and a full outfit of “’Cuda” branded floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, White door panels proudly hang the ‘Cuda name amid mirrored handles. In front of the driver, a simple Tuff Wheel keeps everyone pointed in the right direction. And behind the passengers, a restored trunk centers a correct spare tire between a small subwoofer and Phoenix Gold amplifier.

The sale of this dreamy drop-top includes a few audio component manuals.

Thanks to its scorching performance, solid restoration and classic good looks, this ’Cuda is guaranteed to please even the most discerning MoPar enthusiast. Fully sorted and ready to roll, you can drive it, show it and even take home a few trophies, all for about half the price of a ‘ropes and red carpet’ Hemi piece. If you’ve been searching for a killer old school Plymouth to cherish AND enjoy, you’ve found your next car!


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Model Name
Secondary Model
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
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Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Engine Size
440 V8
Engine Number
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
A727 Torqueflite
Transmission Number


Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Single CD
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
Battery Charger
Power Steering
Air Conditioning


Interior Color
White & Black
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console


Body Style
Safe Body Color
Bahama Yellow
Paint Type


Front Suspension Type
Torsion bar
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
8 3/4 3.55 Sure Grip
Front Wheel Specification
Rear Wheel Specification
Front Tire Specification
Rear Tire Specification
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spacesaver 14"
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type


Restoration Status
Mileage Since Restoration
Awards Summary
Historical Documents Summary
* Audio component manuals.

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