E-body Mopar lovers take note: After more than five decades off the radar, one of Chrysler’s innovative Rapid Transit cars is heading to auction this May.
The Rapid Transit ’Cuda was one of the original four show cars from Chrysler’s Rapid Transit System Caravan that toured the U.S. in 1970 and 1971. The car is S/N 0005 and shows fewer than 1,000 miles from new — and it’s unrestored and still wearing the custom touches and paintwork from circa 1971.
The car, along with the three other system components, was designed to draw buyers into Chrysler dealerships by Harry Bradley — the same man behind the original Hot Wheels toy car line in the late 1960s. The build was completed by Chuck Miller — a Ridler award winner in 1968 — and funded by Plymouth.
The car was built as a 440 6-pack with an auto transmission. From there, the team gave it extensive body modifications, Cibie lights, sidepipes, a parachute and more.
For the Mopar collector, this is a rare shot. The car is going to be offered at no reserve at Mecum’s massive 3,000-car Indy auction, which runs from May 12-20 in Indianapolis. It joins the Black Ghost, which is already consigned, along with a large number of notable muscle and sports cars.
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