Who says you need a Hemi to get noticed? This ’70 AAR Cuda left the factory with just 340 cubic inches of power—but don’t let that fool you. These stout street racers, with performance on par with the Camaro Z/28 and Mustang Boss 302. Just 2,724 AARs were built in 1970 to homologate the model for Trans Am racing.
This car looks visually flawless from every angle, including its chassis. The seller notes that the undercarriage is “over restored,” meaning it’s cleaner than it ever would have been on the showroom floor. It reportedly received a “perfect score” at Muscle Car Nationals in November.
Most of these tire-rippers were driven very hard, used up, and then heavily modified or wrapped around a tree. Decades later now, surviving original examples are being preserved and cared for in ways they never would have when new. The restorer of this one, for example, has even taken pains to include simulated paint marks around the undercarriage and engine bay, as would have been added by a factory technician post-inspection.
The car itself was a one-year-only model, and the graphics scheme and hood are AAR-specific. Certification by Galen Govier is the feather in the car’s cap and leaves no doubt as to its authenticity.
The muscle car market has cooled a bit since the red-hot 2000s, but rare and iconic top-spec cars like the AAR Cuda will continue to be collectible. 97 1970 AAR Cudas have sold on eBay Motors in the past two years, with the best examples averaging $72k. See how this one is doing here.