RARE FINDS

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For­mer show car un­cov­ered

“Isaw the car in the back of a shop, just cov­ered up. I thought, Man, if that guy de­cides he isn’t go­ing to fin­ish that car, let me know.”

Jeff Clark has a reg­u­lar job. On the week­ends and some evenings and days off, he re­stores mus­cle cars. “Some assem­bly re­quired” does not bother him, es­pe­cially when the car is a 1970 ’Cuda that came from the factory with a V code, for the 440 Six Pack. Clark wanted to buy the ’Cuda, but it wasn’t for sale, so he left his name and phone num­ber.

“Ray­mond Douglas’ uncle [not the owner] had the old ’Cuda in his shop in Kansas. The restora­tion had stalled out. That was three, four, or five years ago.”

Clark, who lives in Pampa, Texas, wasn’t sure of the ex­act year he and Douglas drove north to Kansas, or what that trip was about, but the phone call he got in Fe­bru­ary of 2018 made a big im­pres­sion. Douglas’ uncle had died, and the fam­ily de­cided to sell the ’Cuda. The car had to come out of the uncle’s shop. They ham­mered out a price on the phone. The deal was made.

Douglas owns his own paint and body shop in Pampa, and has built many dif­fer­ent cars, in­clud­ing street rods, clas­sic Mus­tangs,

and mus­cle cars. Why didn’t he buy the ’Cuda? He and Clark are car friends. Clark “showed an in­ter­est.” Douglas “thought about it,” and then “kind of backed out.”

Clark says, “We made a trip back up there about three or four week­ends later, and took a trailer and gath­ered every­thing up.”

With the deal, Clark got a photo scrap­book of the car and sto­ries from the de­ceased’s brother, Tony. The de­ceased, George, had not been a typ­i­cal owner. He had his own paint and body shop, and when he pur­chased the ’Cuda “in 1970 or 1971,” he put a spe­cial paint job on the car with a Spirit of ’76 theme. This made sense dur­ing the years around the na­tion’s bi­cen­ten­nial. The car caught na­tional at­ten­tion at shows. Street Ma­chine magazine ran a two-page fea­ture on the car. Clark showed us a weath­ered copy of that is­sue he got with the ’Cuda.

Clark pointed out a side stripe with Christo­pher Colum­bus’ three ships sail­ing on the ocean. An 8x10 photo in the scrap­book showed Spirit of ’76 graph­ics on the car’s hood, roof, and deck­lid.

The odome­ter reads 15,044, which Clark says Tony told him “had not rolled over.” Clark says the ’Cuda “had been parked most its life,” but he has “zero doc­u­men­ta­tion to prove” the mileage.

n The 1970 440 Six Pack ’Cuda is ex­tremely rare: 854 hard­tops with au­to­matic, as seen here. Jeff Clark trans­ferred the ’Cuda from a shop in Kansas to his own shop in Texas. The body, sans fend­ers, hood, and deck­lid, ap­pears rust-free and has been re­painted the stock Alpine White.

n A vin­tage photo that came with the car shows the show-car graph­ics on the hood, roof, and deck­lid. The Street Ma­chine ar­ti­cle from 1976 also de­picts the show car con­fig­u­ra­tion. Clark plans to put the car back to stock, al­though the show car look is a se­cond op­tion.

n The seats, stored in a barn for “at least 10 years,” are weather cracked, but com­plete. The front bucket seats fea­ture six-way ad­justable tracks.

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