1970 Cuda 440
The 1970 Cuda 440 was just one member of the well-loved line of Barrcuda muscle cars produced by Plymouth from 1964 to 1974. The first generation of Barracudas ran from 1964 to 1966. They were based on the body of the Plymouth Valiant. From 1967 to 1969, the second generation cars were still Valiant-based, but totally redesigned and available in convertible, fastback, and notchback body styles.
For the third generation, including the 1970 Cuda 440, Plymouth ditched the Valiant and used the E platform, shared with the Dodge Challenger. It came in a notchback coupe and a convertible, but a fastback was no longer available. In 1970, purchasers could get a base model, a luxury Gran Coupe, or a sport model version. The first two models were designated as Barracudas, while Plymouth marketed the high performance version as a Cuda.
As part of the third generation redesign, the 1970 Cuda 440 got two inches closer to the ground, a few inches wider, a lot heavier, and a little bit shorter. The overall style of the body was more streamlined, modern, and in some ways, more conventional than the previous generations of the muscle car. The lean look of the new model belied the power underneath the hood of the 1970 Cuda 440.
Owners of the 1970 Cuda had a whopping five engine choices. These included the impressive 275-bhp 340 and 335-bhp 383 engines as well as two 440s, one with 375 and the other with 390 horsepower. At the top of the line was the 425-bhp, 426 Hemi. The new E body for the 1970 Cuda 440 left plenty of room for these big engines. It also included an upgraded suspension and reinforcements to the structure to handle the power in the big 440s and the Hemi.
The Hemi Cuda came standard with a functional shaker scoop on the hood and was an extra charge on the 1970 Cuda 440. Plymouth also upped the cool factor on these cars by offering such exciting colors as “Vitamin C,” “Sassy Grass Green,” and “In-Violet.”