This year's SEMA Show already ended weeks ago, but builds from the event keep surfacing online. The latest from the AutotopiaLA is this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda - dubbed Notorious - with insane metalwork by Australia-based Rides by Kam, retaining the very familiar 'Cuda appeal with unsettling differences from the original.
The 1970 'Cuda may have had a silly build quality, but this restomod aims to remedy that through 5,000 hours of labor, including an insane metal work. Right off the bat, one of the standout features is the color, delivered by Charley Hutton. It is a one-off paint hue called Kalalua Green.
The muscle car rides on a set of Billet Specialties Wheels (20x8.5 at the front and 22x12 at the back), complemented by Ridetech ShockWave airbag suspension that gives a low-slung stance. This is coupled with a narrowed Chevrolet Corvette C6 front suspension and a four-link rear suspension.
While the exterior changes appear subtle, the interior is shamelessly plush. The quilted leather trims on the footwell, dashboard, door panels, and Recaro seats give that apparent premium look. The dashboard and center console were replaced with retrofuturistic-looking panels matched with Dakota Digital gauges.
Pop the hood and you will see perhaps the cleanest engine bay with stunning throttle bodies. Tucked under the cover is a 900-horsepower Dodge R5P7 NASCAR engine capable of revving up to 9,000 rpm. The power unit is connected to a nine-inch rear end via a three-speed Richmond Super T-10 transmission, which operates similarly to the Bowler 4L80E transmission in the 1,600-hp Buick Grand National sleeper build we saw in July.
With all the refinements on the 'Cuda, the estimated price for this build is $470,000 to $500,000, the same price range as a Rolls-Royce Phantom. However, it isn't hard to see the value of this build - from the subtle yet delicate exterior works to the roaring V8 that should turn heads on the road.
This article originally appeared on CarBuzz: 1970 Plymouth Barracuda "Notorious" Packs A 900-HP NASCAR Engine2023-11-18T21:04:48Z dg43tfdfdgfd