2008 PLYMOUTH CUDA CONCEPT CAR - 61913 Sold* at Scottsdale 2008 - Lot #1323.1 2008 PLYMOUTH CUDA CONCEPT CAR https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/61913/61913_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1323.1   2008 PLYMOUTH CUDA CONCEPT CAR
Auction Scottsdale 2008
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1323.1
Year 2008
Make PLYMOUTH
Model 'CUDA
Style CONCEPT CAR
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 2B3LA73W47H668197
Exterior Color ORANGE
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders V8
Engine Size 6.1L
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Description
Lot #1323.1 - The "BBP Project 'Cuda". This car was designed and built to encourage Chrysler Corp to bring back the 'Cuda model and the Plymouth brand. "Beefier" and larger overall than the original, there is no mistaking its heritage. It is faithful to its 1970-74 "E" Body ancestors. Although a Concept Car, it was designed to translate into a production version. It was important for the car to look and drive like a car that came off the assembly line. The BBP 'Cuda was handcrafted by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters in Fountain Valley, CA. Metalcrafters is known in the OEM industry for their extreme commitment to quality construction and quick build times. They count Toyota, Nissan, Audi, Hyundai and Chrysler among their list of OEM customers. Interestingly, Metalcrafters built the Concept Challenger for Dodge. Metalcrafters used the same technique to build the 'Cuda as they used to build Dodge's Concept Challenger. Starting with an "LX" chassis (in this case a brand new donor 2007 Charger SRT8), they proceeded to remove the body and totally disassemble the car down to the chassis. The bare chassis was cut in half and shortened 4" and put back together. A full scale foam model of the car was machined on a 5-Axis milling machine complete with stub axles, wheels and tires for critical review. After numerous cosmetic changes, a mold was made from the foam model for the carbon fiber body. The one piece, carbon fiber body was fit to the chassis. Once the fitment was confirmed, the glass areas were removed and the doors, trunk and hood were cut out. The glass for the windshield, rear window and side windows was manufactured by Metalcrafters at their facility. This glass is DOT approved, tempered safety glass, just like the glass in any production car. New door panels were made and the interior modified to convert from a 4 door sedan to a 2 door coupe. The stock instrument panel was retained for the production look and feel. The stock drivetrain and electrical system were also retained with the addition of a functional Shaker Hood scoop and Flowmaster mufflers. Stock wheels and tires were replaced with chrome 22" Zenetti "Fives" shod with 265/35/22 Pirelli P Zeros in front and 305/35/22 Pirelli P Zeros in the rear. The finish is highlighted by the clear coated exposed carbon fiber on the hood, deck lid spoiler and rear tail light panel. The remainder of the body is shot with Lamborghini Pearl Orange. In September when the car was nearly complete, MOPAR execs happened to be at Metalcrafters. After seeing the Concept 'Cuda, the executives asked if they could take the car to the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where it made its official debut. MOPAR used this opportunity to gauge public opinion for potential future re-introduction by placing it front and center in their display. **TITLED AS A 2007 DODGE CHARGER**
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