Ultra-rare 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda muscle car worth millions up for auction

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France isn’t exactly known for muscle cars, but it may soon be to thank for the most expensive one ever sold.

A rare 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible is coming up for auction at the Mecum Auctions event in Indianapolis that has an estimated value of $6 million.

The Winchester Grey two-door was one of just 11 or 12 ‘Cuda Convertibles believed to have been ordered with the 426 Hemi V8 that year — even Stellantis isn’t sure which it is — and one of three equipped with a four-speed manual transmission.

One of those cars was sold at a Mecum auction in 2014 for $3.5 million, which remains the record for what would be considered a traditional muscle car.

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The one heading to Indy has taken a very circuitous route to get there. I was originally built as an export model and shipped to an owner in France, who kept it until 1993. It even has a metric odometer that currently reads 98,553 km.

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The car has been owned by its seller for two decades and is being offered with full documentation backing up the claim that it still has its original numbers-matching engine and transmission, a trait that it shares with the $3.5 million example.

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It also features a Sure Grip differential, power steering, power brakes, power windows and a Hurst pistol grip shifter.

The ‘Cuda is scheduled to cross the block on Friday, May 21.

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