The first battles of the horsepower wars that were waged by American automakers were wild. GM, Ford, and the Mopar tribe all went above and beyond to promote their high-performance rides in ways that had never been seen. It was a great time to be alive if you loved performance cars.
In 1970 and 1971, Chrysler took things to a new level with its Rapid Transit System Caravan (RTS) campaign. The company decided to have some amazing custom versions of the Road Runner, Duster, and ‘Cuda created to show off what could be done with the vehicles. These custom cars were loaded up and shown off at dealerships around the country to spark interest in the high-performance vehicles offered by Chrysler.
When the RTS campaign ended, the cars went to parts unknown until Steven Juliano started looking for them. Juliano was able to collect three of the RTS cars, but the final 1970 ‘Cuda eluded him, so the collection was never completed. The ‘Cuda was designed by Harry Bradley, and built by decorated custom car builder Chuck Miller. Eventually, the car resurfaced and is a total time capsule since it sat untouched for decades.
This RTS ‘Cuda just screams primetime 1970s custom styling. It has all the touches you would expect from a car of this era including a wild paint job, side pipes, Cragar wheels, and unique metal work. A 440 6-pack mill that was topped off by the iconic shaker hood sat between the fenders.
In this video from Auto Archaeology, we get to see all the cool details of the car, and we get to hear its incredible story Chuck Miller himself. If you’re a hardcore Chrysler fan this video is a much-watch!