Video: Hemi ‘Cuda vs. Hemi Coronet R/T 1/4-Mile Showdown

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Let’s face it, the real numbers-matching Hemi cars have become so collectible that it’s almost understandable when they’re kept under lock and key. When considering a real Hemi 4-speed Challenger in decent condition can fetch a quarter, if not half a million dollars, it almost seems justifiable. Thankfully, there’s still a percentage of true Hemi car owners who’d rather drive ’em like they were supposed to, and today that’s who we’re watching.

Road Test TV has made a great effort to gather together some of Detroit’s most impressive muscle cars from yesteryear and pit them against each other. There’s no shortage of big block Corvettes squaring off against 4-4-2 Oldsmobiles, GTOs and Camaros, and a whole heck of a lot of Mopars. One such video features a pair of incredibly rare and beautifully original elephant-powered machines: a ’70 426 Hemi ‘Cuda, and an impressive ’67 Hemi Coronet R/T.

The differences in weight are notable and the advantage of even 3 years’ time between the two gives the 1 of 652 built Hemi ‘Cuda the advantage. The two angrily boil their bias ply polyglass tires (wrapped around matching body-colored steel wheels and “poverty caps”) before pulling hard from the tree. From the traps, it looks to be the ‘Cuda’s race, but surprisingly, the 1 of 772 Coronet pulls around the E-Body in the long end and clinches the win.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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