Although the 1960s are widely regarded as the golden age of American muscle cars, the ensuing years — dubbed the “Malaise Era” — made for a pretty underwhelming second act. Faced with a worldwide oil crisis and crippled by stringent emissions regulations, many automakers detuned such vehicles to be more fuel-efficient, robbing them of their power, their performance, and their pedigree.
Pictured before you is one of the last — and arguably greatest — cars to come during the pre-Malaise period: a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Among just 47 other hardtops produced with an automatic, it’s also part of the final model year to offer the 7.0L Street Hemi option. But here’s the best part: the car is all original, with period sheet metal, matching numbers throughout, and just 61,348 miles on the clock. What’s more, it’s been given a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration in which the paint, the engine, and all of the interior furnishings have been brought back to factory-fresh. Oh, and if you need further proof as to this car’s condition — it’s the only 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda to earn two O.E. Gold awards at Mopar Nationals. You can make a bid at the link below, but it still has yet to reach its reserve — even with the present bid sitting at $285,000.