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In case anyone here plans to bid on this car themselves, or knows someone who plans to, this car is made up of pieces from about 20 'Cudas. I grew up 15 minutes from where this thing was rotting into the ground and know the car very, very well. It was always a dream of mine to own it but that's not gonna happen. It was uniquely optioned as a real Shaker car, white interior and 6bbl. 4-speed. "Using mostly NOS parts" is a real stretch, lotsa reproduction stuff used.

It is well-restored, I am friends with the original restorer (completed 2007) and he is incredibly knowledgeable about 'Cudas and Challengers. He restored it to the broadcast sheet which meant NO BILLBOARDS, NO RALLYE WHEELS, NO ELASTOMERIC BODY COLOR BUMPERS - the car did not come from the factory with those gingerbread options. Trans and Dana are original to the car. Interesting aside - two friends walked into the same dealership one day in late 1970 and ordered two '71 6bbl Cudas in Sassy Grass Green, both Shaker cars. One with black interior and one white (this one). One with black vinyl top, the other without. One car ended up in a major accident and parted out. This one was left to rot by the ocean in Newfoundland, Canada. Its picture was all over the internet when it was featured on
Cars In Barns website in the 90s - a pic I included below.

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That is why it is very difficult to buy fully restored cars nowadays. Thanks for the heads up
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Wow - outstanding intel Tracker! Thanks for the details. Sassy Grass is a killer hi impact color!!
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Wow - outstanding intel Tracker! Thanks for the details. Sassy Grass is a killer hi impact color!!
It's the car that started it all for me , as I was 11 or 12 years old when I first saw it, sitting in tall grass across the road from the bicycle repair shop where my 10 speed was getting fixed.


Another curious thing about this car is the cowl stamp of the partial VIN - it is a factory mistake and reads 225772 which is the VIN of its sister car that was ordered at the dealership the same day. All her other components (rad support, dash VIN tag, fender tag, transmission and door sticker) read 225773 which is this car's actual VIN as per the broadcast sheet. They were indeed consecutively built on the assembly line.
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