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Old 07-18-2011, 04:38 AM   #2191
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1970 Plymouth 383 Road Runner Convertible.















The all important fender tag which shows the options the car originally came with.

R22 - AM Radio with 8 Track (10 Watts)
V21 - Performance Hood Treatment
V6Y - Longitudinal Stripes (Gold - the Y)
V8X - Transverse Stripes (Black - the X)
Y07 - Build to Canada Specs
G33 - LH Remote Racing Mirror

And so on. Here is the master list for MOPAR options 69-71 for further decoding. It's a 383 4V 335 HP engine (E63) with a heavy duty automatic (D32)

http://www.mymopar.com/6971opcodes.htm

I wanted to show what some of these cars start out as before they are fully restored. This was a true barn find and was covered in bird poop (first photo).

With a lot of time and money and effort, the finished car will look something like this:


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Old 07-18-2011, 05:00 AM   #2192
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Sometimes the restorer has A LOT less to start with.

Can you guess what this car is?



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Old 07-18-2011, 05:02 AM   #2193
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That hulk above is all that was left of a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible. Now you see it fully restored and worth about $2,000,000 to $3,000,000

This was one of the 2 cars that were shipped to Canada new back in 70/71

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:27 PM   #2194
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1970 Magnum 400



A dealer-built 1970 Pontiac Magnum 400 was competing here in “Stock” Eliminator. The Magnum 400 was conceived as a low-dollar muscle car to compete against cars like the Plymouth Road Runner. Note the 11.97-second dial-in on the windshield, a very impressive time for a car on legitimate street tires.




Knafel Pontiac....
The Knafel Pontiac race teams won more National/World Championships than any other stock class team; GM, Ford , and Mopar included.

They built 50 of these back in 1970. The car was built from a stripped down Tempest using a GTO powertrain (400ci engine, 4 bbl carb, close ratio 4-speed, limited slip rear, HD radiator, and dual exhausts). The Ram Air V engine was optional!

In the fall of 1969 as the 1970 Pontiac models were introduced, Bill Knafel decided to introduce his own inexpensive, lightweight performance car. He was aware of the success of the Plymouth "Roadrunner", so he felt that by ordering the right combinations of options, he could market a successful performance car. He named it "Magnum 400" and sold about 50 that year. It started out as a Tempest coupe ordered with the 400 4BBL engine, Rally II wheels, the 1969 Judge stripe, and other choices of options to suit the customer's taste, such as 4 speed or turbohydramatic transmission, Safe-T-Track differential, and performance rear end ratios.

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:56 PM   #2195
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1970 1/2 Pontiac GT-37





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This car was actually based on the less expensive Tempest line. By midyear, Pontiac simplified it Tempest hardtop to give it a more competitive price. It was released as the T-37, which was aimed at entry-level buyers , although the “37” part of the designation was based on General Motors’ code for a two-door hardtop model, Pontiac soon bent the rules a bit and released a T-37 coupe (two-door sedan) as well as the hardtop. With a $2,683 price tag, the cheap T-37 generated 9187 sales in half a year. It wasn’t long after the T-37 appeared that somebody decided to issue a sporty variation.

To create such a budget-priced muscle car, it was decided to dress up the plain-looking coupe with GTO-like extras and call it the GT-37. These cars had GTO fender striping, hood-pins, and GT-37 badging making it stand out above base Tempests in appearance. The new model was a stripped-down muscle car. The fastest production car the Pontiac built in 1970 turned out to be the Tempest two-door sedan with the Ram Air III engine.The GT-37 was an option that could be put on a T-37. The GT-37 had the performance of a GTO without the cost. Pontiac used the phrase "There's a little GTO in every GT-37, and you don't have to be over 30 to afford it."



In 1970 the base GT-37 car came standard with a 350-2V cid 255 hp and could be ordered with anything from a 400-2V cid 265 hp to the mighty 400 cid Ram Air III with 345 hp. This made for a car that could be ordered to be very fast, but at much lower price, and could be insured as a Tempest rather than a GTO. Standard equipment for the 1970 GT-37 included any Tempest V-8 with low-restriction dual exhaust with chrome splitter exhaust tips, a three-speed heavy-duty manual transmission with floor shift, G70-14 raised-white-letter tires, Rally II wheels rims, 1969 Judge-style fender stripes a hood pin kit, a 140 MPH speedometer and special GT-37 Identification.

A rear deck airfoil or automatic M-35 two speed or M-38 three speed transmission was optional, but bucket seats were not available.These cars were fairly successful, but never quite caught on like Pontiac may have liked. One of the biggest problems was that when the right boxes were checked off when ordering one of them, you could have a car that out-performed the GTO. The fact that these cars were usually very basic in terms of options made them much lighter than most GTO's, and when you ordered a 4- speed with 400-4V you got the RAM AIR III, you had one fast car. This didn't sit well with GTO buyers because the GTO was supposed to be the Pontiac's top of the line car in terms of performance.Some radical weight reduction was done on the T-37 and was carried through on the sporty GT-37 versions. The hot production version of these cars carried the 400 cid V-8 that came in the 1970 models with stick shift. This was actually the Ram Air III V-8, without a Ram Air hood and dual-snorkel air cleaner. It did have the bigger Pan Air III valves. Pontiac built only 1,419 of the 1970 GT-37 coupes.
http://www.hemmings.com/users/CER364/story/678.html

Buyers Guide For 1970.5-'71 Pontiac GT-37

http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/...rs_guide1.html

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Old 07-18-2011, 03:32 PM   #2196
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1971 Pontiac T-37 Coupe 400 CI 4-Speed (1 of 41)







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1971 Pontiac T-37 'Black Gold' 455 HO (1 of 25)







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Considered by many to be the last of the Detroit “Factory Lightweights,” the 1971 T-37s, when optioned with the legendary 455 HO engine, became very competitive racecars in various NHRA, AHRA and IHRA Stock and Super Stock classes. The combination of underrated engine output and the light weight of the “stripper” T-37 bodystyles made for a sleeper in competition. Racers like Mick Leiferman, Rock Running, Gary and Charlene Wood and Warren “Monk” King quickly found success with Pontiac’s 455 HO in the T37 and other Pontiac mid-size bodystyles.

This particular 1971 455 HO T-37 was originally ordered by Warren “Monk” King, owner of Monk King Pontiac in Denton, Texas. The T-37 hardtop was ordered as a no-option car, with radio, insulation and sound deadener deleted, to save additional weight. It is one if less than 25 built. The T-37 was ordered in a black/white two-tone, the white roof being repainted in gold metalflake to match the signature colors of Monk’s close friend “Smokey” Yunick’s racecars.
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1971 Pontiac T-37 455 H.O. Automatic (1 of 6)







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1972 PONTIAC GTO WW5 2 DOOR COUPE (1 of 290)









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Spectacular frame-off restored and very rare 1972 Pontiac GTO equipped with the WW5 package. Only 290 of these WW5 GTO's were built and this package was only available in 1972. The WW5 package included the 455cid High Output "YB" engine, Ram Air system, Turbo 400 transmission, Safe-T-Track differential "Y99", front and rear 1 1/8" sway bars, Formula Trans Am steering wheel, power steering, power disc brakes, gauge cluster with tachometer, body colored sports mirrors and G60X15 tires.
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Car sold in 2009 for $68,200
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Behind The Camera: Two-Lane Blacktop

37 Years After Its First Release, Director Monte Hellman Takes Us Back To The Creation Of This Classic Road Movie

From the June, 2008 issue of High Performance Pontiac
By Thomas A. DeMauro



Warren Oats as G.T.O.

The GTO was Orbit Orange and had the eyebrow stripes and rear spoiler that were normally found on a Judge, yet it lacks Judge decals. It's also said to have a 455 engine, but doesn't have the engine callout decals on the fenders.

Read more: http://www.highperformancepontiac.co...#ixzz1SUxR5oCB



Laurie Bird, The Girl; James Taylor, The Driver; and Dennis Wilson, The Mechanic, pose by the '55.

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At the very least, Two-Lane Blacktop is considered a "cult classic" and at most, the "greatest road movie ever made." Most car nuts probably place it closer to the latter than the former on their all-time favorites list. On the surface, it's about a cross-country race between a "homegrown" '55 Chevy and a '70 GTO for pink slips, with the '55 picking up street races along the way to earn cash. Underneath, it's about "the passion for perfection" in winning a race, and four lonely people seemingly ever in search of companionship on the road.

What began with a $100,000 script from Will Corry and a deal from CBS Cinema Center became a completely rewritten screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer, at the behest of Director Monte Hellman, and a quest to get the movie green-lighted after CBS dropped the project in the 11th hour. Many studios later, Universal bit on the contention that the movie be completed for the paltry sum of $950,000.
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The American Graffiti '55 Chevy



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The story of the American Graffiti '55 Chevy began in 1970 when three 1955 Chevy 150 sedans were built for the 1971 movie Two-Lane Blacktop by Richard Ruth of Competition Engineering in Sunland, California (Jay Eshbach sent in information in 2010 that the cars were built before Ruth moved the shop to Sunland, when it was located at 8217 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.) Ruth patterned the cars after his own big-block '55 Chevy street racer after Two-Lane Blacktop/American Graffiti/Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz went street racing with Ruth while preparing for Two-Lane Blacktop. After that evening, Kurtz ordered two cars just like Ruth's '55 and a third '55 to be used as a stunt car.

While Ruth was building the '55s, the studio arranged for General Motors to deliver three big block crate motors to his shop. One of the '55s received a leftover 1969 L-88 427 Chevy big block while the other two were equipped with the new 454s. Ruth installed a Weiand tunnel ram with dual Holleys on the two main cars, and a single four barrel on the stunt car. The stunt car had a full rollcage and was equipped with a Ruth-designed right and left braking system so it could be intentionally thrown into a skid and rolled over for a scheduled rollover scene. Ruth delivered all three cars to the studio painted powder blue, but the studio had them finished with a gray primer appearance to fit the persona of the drag racers played by James Taylor and Dennis Wilson.
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That hulk above is all that was left of a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible. Now you see it fully restored and worth about $2,000,000 to $3,000,000

This was one of the 2 cars that were shipped to Canada new back in 70/71
This is the other 71 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible that went to Canada:





Restored back to showroom condition (Tor Red)


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This is the last 71 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible built for US distribution.



http://www.corvettes-musclecars.com/...daConvertible/

It is one of the 5 with automatic transmission.The only Lemon Twist (FY1) of the 11 factory built 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertibles

These are the colors the (11) 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertibles were built in:

GA4 (1) Winchester Gray Metallic

EL5 (1) Bahama Yellow

GW3 (2) Sno White

GB5 (2) True Blue Metallic

FC7 (1) In Violet

FE5 (2) Rallye Red

EV2 (1) Tor Red

FY1 (1) Lemon Twist

1971 Color Cip Chart:

http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/chipdisp...h&info=&page=2

This is the color and transmission breakdown:

Export Cars:
1) GA4 Winchester Grey (4-speed)
2) GW3 Sno-White (Automatic)

Canadian Cars:
3) EV2 Tor-Red (Orange) (Automatic)
4) FC7 In Violet (4-speed)

US Cars:
5) GB5 True Blue (4-speed)
6) GB5 True Blue (4-speed)
7) GW3 Sno-White (Automatic)
8) EL5 Bahama Yellow (Butterscotch) (Automatic)
9) FE5 Rallye Red (Automatic)
10) FY1 Lemon Twist (Automatic)
11) FE5 Rallye Red (Automatic)

Someone made this up to show the 11 cars and their colors:



Ignore the green one in the upper left corner. It shouldn't be in the photo. It turns out that this car, which has been show many times, is not a real one. It's a recreation. It fooled me.


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This is the former Milt Robson True Blue Metallic car which sold in January 2007 for $2.2 million:





It is one of the two 4 Speed US cars and formely owned by Bill Wiemann

Kevin Suydam owns the other blue 1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible

http://corvettes-musclecars.com/gall...6+Convertible/

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Bill Wiemann's Sno White 71 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible - Automatic Trans.



It is one of the two export cars, originally sent to France and the last car built

This is the other export car:

1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible - Winchester Gray - Export (France)



http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/f...uda/index.html

NOTE: some sources are saying there were 3 Exports to Europe, not 2:

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With out getting into too much history about these cars, it's easiest to tell you that this is the mother of all Cuda's. 426 Hemi, convertible, 4speed, shaker, need I say more? Up until this article it was believed there were 11 of these cars produced by Chrysler. 7 of them were built and remained in the US, 2 were sent to Canada and now live in the US and according to "the know it alls" in the business, only 2 of them were exported to Simca-Chrysler in France. According to the owners records there was in fact 3 cars sent to France in 1971. 1 Winchester Grey (GA4) and 2 Sno White (GW3) Cuda's.
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Mr. Saintin answered, "No". He confirmed that the car was infact destroyed by fire in the early 80's. I expressed my confusion about the sign that claimed it was 1 of 3 Hemi Cuda's exported to France, he began to explain that he was in fact able to salvage parts off the burned body and assembled on a donor car.
http://www.cudaworld.com/71HemiCudaTribute/index.htm

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1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible Owned By Wade and Aster Ogle







1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible Ralley Red


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