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Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

World’s Rarest and Most Valuable Muscle Cars - 1971 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda Convertible To be Offered for the First Time at RM’s Arizona Biltmore Auction in Phoenix

BLENHEIM, Ontario (October 3, 2006) – One of the world’s rarest, lowest mileage and most desirable cars of Detroit’s muscle era will join other important and historical classics and sports cars on the block at RM Auction’s annual multi-million dollar “Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona” auction at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, January 19, 2007.

The 1971 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda Convertible (VIN# BS27R1B269588) to be offered at this event was one of only eleven built in the final year of production for the legendary “Cuda“. Out of that last factory run came a mere seven cars designated for domestic sale. Only three of those cars were equipped with the optional pistol-grip 4-speed transmission, and only one of those featured the rare color matching “Elastomeric” bumpers, which is the car offered here. The only one of it’s kind ever produced and the first time ever offered for auction.

This “king kong” of muscle cars features Plymouth’s legendary Hemi powered 426 cubic inch engine capable of 425 horsepower - a distant relative of the early hemispherical aircraft engines produced by Chrysler during WWII. The car spent its life in careful hands spending a mere two years as a championed pro-stock eliminator drag car on ¼ mile race tracks adding to the provenance and chalking up just 282 original miles. The original broadcast sheet, complete history and factory documentation accompanies this incredible find.

Other notable multi-million dollar automobiles at RM’s annual Arizona event include: · 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT - featuring all aluminum "Superleggera" coachwork by Touring of Milan. Highly valued and the most powerful British built car of its era. · 1938 Duesenberg Model SJ Limousine by Rollston. A spectacular long wheel base auto from America’s most coveted luxury car builder. · 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Tourer – Hidden from the world for over 40 years and the only survivor of just two Sport Tourers ever built. First in Class Pebble Beach award winner with historic restoration by RM.

"RM’s Arizona event continues to draw an international audience by offering some of the world’s rarest and most eclectic automobiles at one of the finest resort hotels in the world," said RM Auctions co-founder Rob Myers. "Our guests appreciate the comfortable atmosphere of the Biltmore and the variety and quality of offerings,” adds Myers. “We’re also known to have a few surprises too.”

Celebrating nearly 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles. Renown for setting international records, RM has recently established offices in the U.K. to provide auction and restoration services for clients in Europe and Asia. In 2006, RM Restorations won the unprecedented "triple crown" for receiving “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three international collector car events - the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc. and this event, visit: or call toll-free: (800) 211-4371

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