Jun 09

AAR Cuda Clone: Wentzville Rod Run Cruise Night

Cruise night was pretty great again this year. Huge turn out and tons of people milling around. I should have a good number of post for the IG faithful. We’ll kick it off with this sweet AAR Cuda. I can’t say for sure but I’m pretty certain it’s a clone. It was for sale and the asking price screamed clone. Had I had the cash on hand I’d have loved to have owned it. It was done well and looks like it makes for a great cruiser.
Since I don’t have much on the back story of this particular AAR Cuda I thought maybe it would be cool to do a bit of a history lesson on Plymouth’s Trans Am racing special.

By 1970 the Barracuda had become the ‘Cuda with the introduction of the E body. Shared by the Dodge Challenger the E Body Cuda and Challenger would become some of the most sought after collector cars of all time. Before all that would happen though the Mopar crew went racing with the Challenger TA and Plymouth AAR Cuda.
Dan Gurney and Swede Savage would pilot the 1970 AAR Cudas to three pole positions but no wins in the Trans Am Series. That didn’t stop the cars from becoming legendary. In case you didn’t know AAR stands for All American Racers. The street versions of the race cars were powered by a 340 six pack rated at 290hp.
You can easily see why someone wants to clone the AAR Cuda. It’s got a great look with it’s matte hood, and stripe package.
This one is even equipped with polyglass tires.