April 26th - 4-26 - National Hemi Day!
Hemi E-bodies - King-Kong of the classic muscle car era - then, and now. Everybody wanted one, but due to their relative scarcity and cost, not everybody could have one. Originally born to race and be an apex street predator, now they are the top-dogs of high-dollar auctions and collectors.
By most accounts, there were about 1,300 (+/-) Hemi E-bodies made. As a tribute to the legendary Hemi E-body and "National Hemi Day" (April 26th) I thought I would post up some pics of original R-code Hemi E-bodies for everyone to enjoy. I have some info and pics on about a third of them. Some of the info I have associated with each car may be missing, or totally in error, so feel free to correct as necessary. However, this thread is not intended to critique what is "correct" or "incorrect" with a particular car, but to celebrate each car as the awe inspiring machines that they are. Additionally, if you have pics and info on a particular Hemi-body and would like to share, feel free to contribute. Enjoy!
First up, the very first Hemi-Ebody - the one that started it all.
BS23R0B100003 is 1 of only 652 made for the U.S. market, and of those 1 of 284 with a 4-speed. It is finished in EW1 Alpine White with a PRX9 black leather interior. As the HemiCuda prototype, the car stayed in the hands of Chrysler engineering for a year and a half before it was sold off as "excess." The car passed thru five unsuspecting owners until Gary Dodane purchased it in 1983 from the boyfriend of his sister for less than $4,000. After 29 years of ownership and the discovery of his car's significance, Gary decided to part ways with his very unique HemiCuda and listed it for sale for a whopping $3.2 million dollars! Gary didn't get his $3.2 million, but wound up trading the HemiCuda for some cash plus an oddball collection of cars that included: a BMW Isetta and Messerschmidt KR200 three-wheelers, an Amphicar, a 1962 23-window Volkswagon Bus and a Limelight 1970 Plymouth Superbird! Yes, it sounds like fiction, but you just can't make this kind of stuff up!
Bang it here for a good read and more pics on this car http://www.streetlegaltv.com/features/car-features/muscle-cars-you-should-know-70-plymouth-hemi-cuda-1/