This 1971 Plymouth ViperCuda, which as the name suggests, is powered by a V10 engine sourced from the modern day Dodge Viper. But there’s more than meets the eye to this creation that started life as a four-seater 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible with a 318 cu.in. (5.2-liter V8) engine.
The comprehensive conversion was performed by Time Machines from Hudson, Florida, which begun by acquiring the intact chassis and V10 engine from a wrecked 2001 Viper with 23,000-miles on the odo.
As part of the conversion, they also removed the rear seat bench and created a custom interior.
The 450-horsepower V10 is linked to the Viper’s 6-speed manual transmission, while the drop-top ‘Cuda even rides on stock Viper SRT 6-lug wheels, size 18 inches in the front and 19 inches in the rear, shod in 275/35/18 front and 335/30/19 rear Michelin Pilots tires.
The good thing about the Plymouth ViperCuda is that the car is ready to roll, the bad is that it has a “Buy it Now” price on eBay of $179,900…
The images, which surfaced on the Italian forum Autopareri, provide us with a glimpse of the Viaggio’s front and rear ends as well as its profile.
Even with these pictures, it’s not hard to see that Fiat’s re-branding of the Dart is limited to the new bumper and headlamp assembly at the front and the new tail lamps and possibly a more pronounced boot lid edge at the back.
We’ll remind you that the new 2013 Dodge Dart is based on a widened and elongated version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform.
The sedan model will be manufactured by Fiat and its local partner Guangzhou Auto at a new facility in the Changsha Economic Zone.
In China, it is reported that the Viaggio will launch with Fiat’s naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engines, which will be built locally.
Fiat is said to be readying a hatchback version of the Viaggio that will go on sale in China next year, and could be exported to Europe to replace the Bravo.
This example was designed under the supervision of Elwood Engel, Chrysler Corporation’s design chief from 1961 until 1974. Engel was also responsible for the styling of the iconic, fourth generation 1961 Lincoln Continental.
This 1967 Imperial Crown Coupe is said to be one of just 3,235 built and has had only two owners with the odometer showing 41,275 miles – though the seller states that he has no way of knowing if the mileage is genuine.
There’s no reserve on the car and the highest bid at the time we last looked was US$8,900.