” Since the earliest days of hot rodding, engine swaps have served as a means for sophisticated gearheads to continually satisfy their need for more speed, better performance and less weight. But rare is the masterpiece that can so seamlessly blend two completely different vehicles as this extraordinary 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda drop-top. You see, that classic Mopar body is merely an attractive illusion as, underneath its surface, a 1995 Dodge Viper is coiled and ready to strike! Complete with a thundering 547 horsepower V10, a modern 6-speed transmission and a fully independent, track-ready suspension, this stunning Dodge, err, Plymouth is car number three of Time Machine’s well-known Six Shooter Viper ‘Cudas. If you’re looking for a truly exceptional, truly mind-boggling muscle car, you’ve definitely come to the right place!
Like most great cars, the idea for the Viper ‘Cuda was born from a unique combination of stress and innovation. After losing his pristine Hemicuda in a divorce, the future owner of Time Machines decided to take a spin in one of his good friend’s Dodge Vipers. While he was out enjoying Detroit’s brawniest badass, he began thinking how nice it’d be if his remaining asset, a ’71 Cuda project car, drove as well as a modern sports car. And the rest, as we say, is sweet, octane-fueled history! Starting with a clean, complete ’71 ‘Cuda convertible, Time Machine’s Hudson, Florida team gutted, stripped and removed their way through everything but this custom’s front subframe, rear rockers and factory radiator cradle. After the conversion, which we’ll talk more about in a few moments, every piece of the car’s body was refinished to show condition using a combination of original and high quality replacement sheetmetal. And finally, once that metal was primed and ready for art, a glossy silver basecoat was topped with a matte horizontal treatment, and eventually detailed with trick Viper billboards. If you’re going to build a car like this, there’s no point in keeping it subtle; and this incredible topless wonder will attract a TON of attention anywhere you go! ”
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