Mecum Dallas will feature some original Mopar history

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Mecum Auctions hosts auto auctions throughout the United States, averaging more than one auction per month. In just a few days, it will be Dallas’ turn and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be home to car enthusiasts from across the country.

There will be plenty to see, with an estimated 1,000-car lineup.

One vehicle in particular will likely capture the attention of classic muscle car motorheads. It’s a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, four-speed with 36,000 miles on it.

What’s so special about that, you ask? It’s unrestored.

That’s right. Except for some minor paint work on the right side, the vehicle is the original sheet metal and original Tor Red paint. From the floors to the seats to even the spare tire, everything about this vehicle is original.

I take that back … it got new tires. Those are the tires on which it will drive up onto the auction block and are date-stamped June 1975 (one) and November 1976 (the other three).

The ownership history of the vehicle is carefully documented. The original owner lived in Canada and only drove the vehicle in dry weather. Currently on its fifth owner, each have taken extraordinary care to maintain the factory-original authenticity of the vehicle.

The genuineness of this Cuda’s history is further preserved under the factory Shaker hood, as it still has the original, factory-bored engine block. The rarity of such a vehicle easily explains the $300,000 to $400,000 this one is expected to bring at the auction.

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Along with the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, enthusiasts will be keeping an eye out for a 1969 Dodge Daytona with just over 16,000 miles. Restored by Mopar expert and restorer Roger Gibson (the same gentleman to authenticate the aforementioned 1970 Cuda), it is one of just 503 Daytonas produced in 1969.

Beginning November 2, 2016, and continuing until the last auction gavel falls on November 5, 2016, advance bidder registration is $100 ($200 at the door). Spectators can purchase general admission tickets for $30 per day or a four-day pass for $80.

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