It’s hardly surprising to see vintage Ferraris sell for millions of dollars at collector car auctions, but it’s far less common for American muscle to command a seven-figure selling price. That’s exactly what happened at Mecum’s recent Monterey sale, though, with a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible raking in $2.25 million for its owner.
This isn’t just any Hemi Cuda convertible, though almost every single one ever made is considered special. This particular example was owned by John Herlitz, the original designer of the Hemi Cuda, and is one of just 14 convertibles built in 1970. It was ordered with almost every available option, including an automatic transmission, shaker hood, Rallye wheels, front disc brakes and much more.
Also adding to this Hemi Cuda’s provenance is its interesting ownership history. Not only was it originally delivered to Herlitz, it formerly sat in Las Vegas developer Brett Torino’s famous Hemi Cuda convertibles collection and was also cared for by former chairman of Chrysler Finance Darrell Davis.
Mecum originally estimated the 1970 Hemi Cuda convertible would sell for between $2.5 and $3 million. Bidding on the car slowed at around $2.1 million, but with a little coercion, the price reached $2.25 million before auctioneers slammed the gavel.