I know that I don't write much about Mopar, that is not because I don't like them, I just tend to stick with what I know the best, so I figure that it's about time that I chat just just a bit about the 1970 Hemi C'uda, it just happens that this is one of the most respected muscle cars ever built, I don't just want to leave it out of the loop here, so I do believe that is what this article will be about.
As you well know, well that is if your a fan of horsepower, the old days were the best days, now with that said, it's obvious that this car came in 1970, and it had a 426 Hemi, which is a very respectable engine, especially if your talking about American muscle, these cars would instill huge fear in to the person who would decide to race one of them, there were very few cars that could take one of these on an win the race, don't get me wrong here, it could be done, but not easily.
The 426 Hemi was rated at 425 HP, yet another of the muscle cars that was way under rated in the horse power area, the car actually put out 620 HP at 6500 RPM, a huge difference from the factory advertised power rating, and the factory didn't stop there with the under rating the car was supposed to put out around 500 FTLB of torque as far as the factory said, but it actually put out 655 FTLB @ 5100 RPM,
So as you can see the car was a lot more that what most people expected it to be, this car was a true street warrior, and could do battle against most cars and win, from the factory you had the option of installing a torqueflite 727 automatic transmission, or my choice the 833 4 speed manual transmission, which in my opinion creates a lot fun driving, it came for the factory with two four barrel carburetors, and in a few diffident color options, the Hemi picked up a nickname of the elephant motor because of it's shear size, there is nothing more impressive then looking down upon a Hemi in the engine bay.
The C'uda was 187” in length and 74” wide, it was a truly impressive car to look at, with the golf club Hemi decals on each quarter panel, and the shaker hood, which got it's name for the shaking and rumbling of the engine when the car was running, it had custom tail pipes, and a limited slip rear differential, this car had it all, and is now one of the rarest muscle cars on the planet, if you get your hands on one keep it, I seen a clone of one sell for $1,000,000 at auction, they are worth a lot of money.
I've been in the automotive business for about 20 or 25 years, I have worked in all facets of the industry, from parts to restoration, all different makes and models, I just want to keep people interested in the old cars because it's where my heart is.