The McCandless Collection

1970 Sox & Martin Plymouth Hemi Barracuda GT1


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The McCandless Collection will take you back to the days of "The Forward Look Era" automotive design, racing, and drivers themselves. We guarantee an unforgettable experience. With so many classic vehicles under one roof, we have something everyone will get excited about.

We get excited anytime a new car is added to the collection, but we get really excited when it’s a race car, especially something significant to the family. This 1970 Hemi Cuda was the only Sox & Martin E-body with a factory Hemi VIN and won the 1970 AHRA GT1 World Championship. As one of the main attractions at Mecum Harrisburg, it definitely drew plenty of attention!

The 1970 Sox & Martin Hemi Cuda is a true masterpiece among muscle cars. As one of the most iconic and legendary vehicles of the era, this car is highly sought after by classic car enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The 1970 Hemi Cuda was built by the legendary Sox & Martin racing team, known for their expertise in building high-performance vehicles. This particular Cuda is powered by a 426 Hemi V8 engine, which produces an astounding 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a heavy-duty A833 4-speed manual transmission, making it one of the most powerful and capable muscle cars of its time.

The design of the 1970 Hemi Cuda is truly stunning. The body lines are sleek and aerodynamic, with a distinctive “shaker” hood scoop and a bold “Hemi Cuda” decal on the side. The car sits on a set of 15-inch Rallye wheels, which perfectly complement the overall look of the vehicle. The car comes in a variety of colors like Vitamin C orange, Plum Crazy purple, and Top Banana yellow, making it hard to miss on the road.

Inside, the 1970 Hemi Cuda is just as impressive. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, with high-back bucket seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a full set of gauges to keep track of all the important information. The car also features a Rallye instrument cluster, which includes a 150 mph speedometer, an 8,000 rpm tachometer, and a temperature gauge.

1970 Sox & Martin Plymouth Hemi Barracuda GT1

Overall, the 1970 Sox & Martin Hemi Cuda is a true classic that stands the test of time. With its powerful engine, stunning design, and unparalleled performance, it’s the perfect vehicle for anyone who appreciates the golden era of muscle cars. Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast or just looking for a unique and exciting vehicle, the 1970 Hemi Cuda is sure to impress. It’s a true American muscle car legend that will always hold a special place in the hearts of classic car enthusiasts.

Description Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

  • Factory-Backed Hemi Car
  • The only Sox & Martin E-body Hemi Cuda with a factory Hemi VIN
  • 1970 AHRA GT1 World Championship winning car
  • 426 Hemi V-8 engine
  • Chrysler prototype aluminum IR tunnel ram intake with twin 4500 series 4-barrel carburetors
  • Solid roller camshaft
  • 13.0:1 compression
  • Hooker headers
  • A833 slick-shift 4-speed transmission
  • Red, White and Blue livery
  • Black interior
  • Dana 60 rear end
  • Keystone wheels

The 1970 Hemi Cuda was a huge release in the history of muscle cars, but there is only one factory-built drag-car Hemi Cuda with a VIN that was produced for the Sox & Martin team: this one. By 1970, NHRA was forwarding acid-dipped bodies to its race teams for conversion. Not as well remembered is that the rules still required enough OEM trim that many teams also received a Street Hemi E-body to complete that conversion.

This car likely exists because it was rebuilt into a test and clinic car by Ronnie Sox and Buddy Martin. It served as a test bed and was then dressed up to actively compete in AHRA’s GT-1 class and Super Stock class, where team driver Herb McCandless and Ronnie Sox successfully took it to a World Championship in AHRA, also winning in several GT-1 PSS wins.

Now considered the only professional-level drag-racing E-body Hemi Cuda with a factory Hemi VIN tag, this car is equipped with a 426 Hemi V-8 engine that hosts a rare Chrysler prototype independent-runner tunnel ram with twin 4500-series Holley 4-barrel race carburetors.

This serious engine also has a solid-roller camshaft, 13.0:1 compression, Hooker headers, rev-limiter and cool can. The engine is backed by an A833 4-speed transmission and 4.88 Dana 60 rear end with chrome cover.

Presented stunningly in the legendary red, white and blue team livery, this car has a black bucket-seat interior, Hurst shifter, cable-driven tachometer and period-installed gauging.

Well-known within the Mopar hobby and restored to competition specifications, this car also has Keystone wheels, correct Firestone Drag 500 slicks and an original broadcast sheet. Gorgeous with correct decals and excellent painted-on team lettering, this Plymouth is instantly recognizable by those who remember the glory days of racing. However, only this car can lay claim to being a true Sox & Martin drag-racing vehicle whose origins were a production-line-built 1970 Hemi Cuda.

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