When you lose a dog or cat, you go around the neighborhood posting fliers offering a small cash reward for the return of your beloved pet. When you lose a one-of-one 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda worth an estimated $1.4 million, you plaster the internet with pictures and offering a reward worth more than most Americans make in a single year.
Hagerty Insurance put out the APB on Twitter on this stolen Hemi ‘Cuda, which is marked by a distinctive floral vinyl roof pattern, referred to as a Mod Top, that makes it unlike any other Hemi ‘Cuda to leave the factory.
Chrysler offered the floral finish across its vehicle lineup, but the only 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that featured both the floral roof and Hemi engine belongs to Steven Juliano of Pelham Manor in Westchester County, N.Y. The car was reportedly being prepped for transport when a thief swiped the trailer with the Mopar inside.
That was more than a week ago now, and with no leads so far, Juliano has turned to the internet for help. Such a car should be easy to spot on the road, but it seems likely that the thief or thieves knew what they were doing, and are going to keep the car under wraps. That’s where the $50,000 reward comes in, perhaps appealing to the greedier side of human nature and convincing one of the cohorts to turn on their partners.
There are few things we hate more than car thieves, but this band of ne’er-do-wells has bitten off more than they’ll be able to chew by stealing such a distinct car. It’s not exactly easy to off-load a stolen, million-dollar car, even if you’ve got Nicolas Cage working for you.