Hemi Cuda was the steepest and powerful modification of another muscle car – Barracuda. In 1970 debuted a new generation, which has a common base with the legendary Challenger. Bright color, good looks, and a powerful V8 engine made the model very attractive. In 1971, the model received a minor update, making the car look even more predatory.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda design
In principle, the design of the car in 1971 changed not much. The front fenders got air intakes, four headlights were installed instead of two. Also debuted a new grille remind fish jaws. All this gave the Barracuda is very fierce and aggressive person. Even now, its shape looks very cool. Taillights were also changed, but not as much. By the way, later “gills” has removed from fenders, two lights returned. Probably, the car frightened children in the streets too much.
The interior was almost no change, except for the new front seats. It is worth noting that the Hemi Cuda was the top-end modification of the Barracuda, which meant a richer equipment leather-trimmed seats.
By the way, 1971 was the last year when convertible version was on sale.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda specs
As in the previous model year, the platform has remained all the same Chrysler E-body. However, the most powerful Cuda, including the Hemi version got a new updated suspension, as well as changes in the transmission.
As the name implies, Hemi Cuda was equipped with engine V8 Hemi with 426 CID displacement, similar to Challenger and Charger ones. It was equipped with two 4-barrel carburetors which help the engine produce up to 350 HP (SAE net) of power. Some sources claimed it was even more – 424 HP and 490 lb-ft of torque. The car was available either with 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic.
Standard Barracuda car has equipped with a variety of V8 and I6 engines, while the most powerful Cuda equipped exclusively with V8s.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda performance
Hemi Cuda 1971 has been one of the fastest muscle cars of that time. Up to 60 miles per hour, acceleration takes exactly 6 seconds, quarter-mile car in average held for 13 seconds. A good result for a large and comfortable car.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda production numbers
Data is for Hemi Cuda version publicly available not only to know that all sports versions with different engines 17.242 pieces were produced. The open version is much more expensive – only 550 pieces were produced.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda price and collectibility
Currently, Hemi Cuda 1971 highly prized by collectors. The average value of the car in mint condition is about $150,000. Prices vary greatly depending on the rarity of trim level. So, one of the 59 Hemi Cuda with a 4-speed manual costs more than $500,000.