Highlights

  • 1 of 17 6 BBL Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971
  • 1 of 12 6 BBL Automatic Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971
  • Formerly part of the Steven Juliano Collection
  • Believed to be 21,026 miles
  • Documented with the original broadcast sheet
  • Extensive restoration completed with original and NOS parts
  • Original sheet metal
  • Original drivetrain
  • 440 6 BBL engine
  • Dual exhaust with chrome tips
  • A 10% buyer premium applies
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  • D32 Heavy duty automatic transmission
  • A34 Super Track Pak with 4.10 gears
  • Power brakes
  • FE5 Bright Red with Black convertible top
  • Sport hood with hold-down pins
  • Black vinyl bucket seat interior
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Deluxe seatbelts
  • Rallye instrument cluster
  • AM/FM radio, A01 light group
  • Wide sill and belt moldings
  • Styled road wheels
  • Goodyear Polyglas tires
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Story

The multi-carbureted Mopar E-body convertibles of the early 1970s are among the most highly desired vehicles on the market today. These cars were both expensive to purchase and insure back in the day, and many buyers who could pay the price had a penchant for timed acceleration and stuck with hardtop versions. Add in that convertibles overall were normally sold as luxury cars practical in sunnier climates, and it’s not surprising they are scarce. This 440+6 Plymouth Cuda convertible from 1971 certainly meets that criteria.

This is one of only 17 440 6-BBL Cuda convertibles produced that year, which became the final season of production for this Plymouth body design with any powerplant. For Mopar aficionado Steven Juliano to own it, it needed to be “the right car” to begin with. Documented with the original broadcast sheet and driven only 21,026 miles, its restoration was completed with original and NOS parts. Juliano’s strong passion for ensuring his cars were restored to the highest level of authenticity and correctness led him on a lifelong pursuit to find the rarest and most exclusive original and NOS parts and components.

When looking at a restoration that earned Juliano’s approval, not only is the car itself a very special example, but every aspect of the car is incredibly authentic and beautifully finished. The extensive detailing to as-sold specifications makes it one of the finest examples of these rare cars. Moreover, unlike some of its luminaries, this example exudes true class from its unique set of options. That list was extensive enough to require a secondary continued tag on the inner fender.

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Under the scalloped sport hood is the 440 6-BBL engine with a 385 HP rating that was more than enough for most buyers. The engine bay is flawless in its execution, with the oval air cleaner, OE-design black battery, cast manifolds and dual exhaust ending in chrome tips. Built under the A34 Super Track Pak code, this Plymouth came with the D32 heavy-duty A727 automatic transmission and a Dana 60 differential featuring 4.10 Sure Grip gearing. A34 also meant B51 power front disc brakes and maximum cooling equipment.

The color chosen for this car is FE5 Bright Red with a black convertible top. The billboard graphics were not part of the order, and this gives the car an increased sense of refinement. The chrome-trimmed edges of the grille, fender gills, wheel wells, lower rockers and low-line top-opening surround blend perfectly with the bumpers, hood design, small callout tags and rear valance treatment.

The buyer ordered the interior in a well-equipped manner as well. This included the C55 black vinyl bucket-seat interior with the optional C62 six-way-adjustable driver’s seat, C15 deluxe seatbelts, the Rallye instrument cluster with the N85 tachometer, and the deluxe R35 AM/FM Multiplex radio. The A01 light group was included, as are G36-coded painted dual outside mirrors.

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While most of these cars were given the wider stance Rallye wheels, this buyer opted for the chrome 5-spoke road wheels, which are again a complementary match for the remainder of this car, giving unity to the brightwork. These in turn wear Goodyear Polyglas F70-14 raised white-letter tires.

Final-year 1971 Cuda convertibles are well established among enthusiasts as the Ultimate Muscle Car. While the seven Hemi Cuda convertibles stand at the top as the most valuable engine-option for 1971, the 17 Cuda convertibles built with the V-code 440 6-BBL engine command the same respect given the rarity and exclusivity paired with an unparalleled driving experience. This 1971 Plymouth Cuda 440-6 Convertible is meticulously restored beyond the likes of anything ever to leave the factory.

Arrangements to purchase this vehicle can be made directly by contacting Mecum representative Rob Williams by phone or text at (262) 236-7705 or by email at rwilliams@mecum.com.

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