The Classic Car: Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible, 1970 or 1971. Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson auto auctioneers in Scottsdale, Arizona, calls this souped-up version of Plymouth’s Barracuda the epitome of the muscle car. It’s the must-have for hot-rod-happy boomers with cash to burn — say, between $750,000 and $1 million or more. How does a car that originally sold for about $5,000 fetch such sums? Start with that 426 Hemi engine — aka “the Elephant” — the preferred motor of many top ’60s and ’70s drag racers. For aficionados, there’s nothing like popping the hood to reveal the Hemi’s massive heads. Good luck finding one: Just 21 were produced for the U.S. market.
A stunning vehicle brings new meaning to the mid-life crisis.from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2004