As today’s cars continue to become more compact and gas friendly, the older generation V8s become more absent. In fact, outwardly advertising a V8 or big cubic inch plant is somewhat taboo, like publicly admitting that you’re a litterbug or you watch any of the “Real Housewives” TV shows. That’s a big departure from years ago when car proudly wore their displacement on their sleeves. But we think that’s why people have such a passion for the muscle cars of years past.
We came across this father-and-son duo over on Cardomain.com that scooped up a certain Plymouth Barracuda that we’re sure will be a part of the family for generations to come. The car in question is a gorgeous ’70 Vitamin C Orange Plymouth ‘Cuda AAR (All American Racers). At first glance, this beautiful ‘Cuda might seem like its draped in a custom two-tone orange and black paint scheme, particularly if you’re not familiar with the original AAR ‘Cudas.
These factory-equipped street machines came with a fiberglass hood featuring a large scoop and hood pins giving the triple carburetors plenty of air to feed the high-revvin’ 340 LA-Block. A custom “strobe-stripe” including the AAR logo ran along the shoulder lines of the ‘Cuda adding to the coupe’s look.
Amazingly, this car is totally original with only 59,000 miles on it (including only 6,000 miles that the previous owner has put on in over the last five years). The past owner had all paperwork proving its authenticity as an all numbers matching ‘Cuda AAR and the original build sheet, window sticker, warranty papers and bill of sale. The ‘Cuda came equipped with a 4-speed pistol grip shifter, optional high impact color, along with a 3:91 rear gear.
The power that this 340 cubic inch V8 puts out is impressive, launching the ‘Cuda from 0-to-60 in 5.8 seconds, 0-to-100 in 14.4 seconds and a quarter mile time of 14.4 seconds. These times are pretty impressive considering these cars where pretty heavy despite the lightweight hood and shortened side-exit exhaust.