Plymouth Cudas are some of the most popular muscle cars out there, of course the highly-desired ones are the Hemi Cuda convertibles or AAR Cudas as well. For this week's Mopar Monday, this Cuda doesn't have the over-the-top 426 Hemi V8 under the hood, but what it does have is the very potent 275 horsepower 4-barrel 340 V8.
These 340s are very cool motors, they're very similar to what you'd see in the AAR, except in this case, it has a single 4-barrel on a dual-plane intake manifold instead of the 3 dual-barrels. So not have the extra carburetors brought this down from 290 to 275 HP, however it still makes 340 ft. lbs. of torque and it still sports the large port heads with the 2.02 inch intake valves, 1.60 inch exhaust valves, a forged crank and the rest of the stuff inside that 340 that make them really good performers on the street.
One of the things that make these cars so attractive is some of the styling elements, this one is painted in bright Rallye Red, a beautiful colour. It's got a black side stripe on board and painted bumpers; these are are highly customizable from the factory; they come with a whole variety of colours. I think you can get them 22 different colours?
And then when you start doing things like the painted bumpers and the different interior combinations, you can really personalise the car just the way you wanted it to.
Before Greenlight and Auto World became well-known for replicating factory-original packages in smaller scale die-cast, Johnny Lightning was at the top of the game during the early 2000's. When I saw this on the youPay, I just had to have it; I'm sorely lacking a hardtop Cuda from JL. With the help of ZTP, I was able to fill up this important slot for my Mopar collection.
It's sad to Johnny Lightning go but the ethos of making scaled OEM cars continue in other brands, and many are very successful today.