UNCASVILLE, CT – June 6, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –
- A rare Dodge HEMI Challenger R/T (Lot #651) is one of only approximately 70 two-door hardtops made in 1971
- One of only 284 produced, a ’70 Plymouth HEMI ’Cuda ( Lot #670) featuring the highly desired factory-produced 4-speed manual transmission
- Known as the “CIA Charger,” a ’72 Dodge Charger Rallye (Lot #626) was a special-order for the CIA Deputy Station Chief, Mr. Dino J. Pionzio, and shipped to Bogota, Colombia
Barrett-Jackson is building up an impressive selection of Mopars for its 2nd Annual Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, June 21-24, 2017. Rare and restored Mopars headed to The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction® will include a hard-to-find Dodge HEMI Challenger (Lot #651) that is one of only 70 two-door hardtops produced in 1971, along with two 1970 Plymouth ’Cudas (Lot #670 and #739).
“The Mopars of the 1960s and 1970s helped define the American muscle car during that golden era,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Their inspiring performance and forward-thinking design made American-built cars popular around the world. We’re excited that owners of some of these rare and trailblazing Mopars have consigned their vehicles for our Northeast Auction.”
Finished in Bright Blue Metallic, Lot #651 is listed in the Chrysler Registry as one of only 70 1971 426 HEMI Dodge Challenger R/T two-door hardtops made and one of only 58 with a 4-speed manual transmission and a Dana 60 series axle. It’s powered by the original 426ci HEMI V8 engine topped with dual 4-barrel carburetors.
A 426 HEMI engine inside the rare 1971 426 HEMI Dodge Challenger R/T (Lot #651) set to cross the block at the 2017 Northeast Auction.
A rare 1970 Plymouth HEMI ’Cuda crossing the block is Lot #670, one of only 284 produced. It features the highly desired factory-produced 4-speed manual transmission and the rare factory-produced 4.10 Dana Super Track Pak axle. This ’Cuda also retains its original body numbers, floors, trunk and most of its original sheet metal. Another ’Cuda, Lot #739, is a stunning 440 U-code that is one of just 618 made with the 440ci high-performance engine, 4-barrel with the A-727 TorqueFlite transmission.
“Big-block Mopars have long been at the top of the list with muscle car enthusiasts and collectors,” said Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president. “Well-documented muscle-car-era Mopars are highly regarded and are in constant demand, especially the HEMI-powered cars with their low production numbers.”
A ’70 Plymouth Superbird (Lot #671) is an original bucket-seat, console car featuring a 440ci big block with 3-speed automatic transmission and has had one repaint to factory yellow. The subject of a rotisserie restoration in 2016, a ’68 Plymouth HEMI Road Runner (Lot #646) features most of its original sheet metal. It’s powered by a 426ci HEMI engine and a matching-numbers 4-speed manual transmission.
Known as the “CIA Charger,” a ’72 Dodge Charger Rallye (Lot #626) was purchased new as a special-order export delivery for the CIA Deputy Station Chief, Mr. Dino J. Pionzio. The 440ci U-code muscle car was shipped to Pionzio at the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Recently released from a private collection, this Charger Rallye is powered by the original V8 engine connected to an automatic transmission and a 3.55 performance axle.
The 2017 Northeast Auction Docket is available to view online. Click here to consign a vehicle for the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction or for information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid.
Source: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC