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1974 Plymouth Cuda

Tooling Proof Coupe

Condition Used Clear Title
Miles
Engine NO MOTOR
Transmission Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Color
Gray
Interior
Gray Vinyl
Stock # GELLAK~18960
VIN # BS23G4B183950
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Vehicle Overview

1974 Plymouth Cuda Tooling Proof Body For Sale

Very RARE One of None

Has a Vin and a Title(Vin: BS23G4B183950)

This Tooling Proof Body was the first assembled steel body for the 1974 model year. It was used as a gauge to take measurements from checking the alignment of body panels for production cars.

It's in original factory primer and is scribed by Chrysler engineers every 5" on both axis at various intersections. There are factory notations written with a black marker. The original owner worked for Chrysler during these years and bought the car from SPEHARS PERFORMANCE of Royal Oaks MI.

To those who know what this car is know that this is a prime piece of Chrysler history for any collector. This car is a real SURVIVOR and it is the only one known to exist. NO other "Tooling Proof Body" cars are known to exist at all, none escaped the factory and they were all destroyed!

Everything has been collected and put in a folder that has all of the documents and history. I have left it the way I got it as you can see. It's really amazing to look at up close with all the grids and markings. It's very different with all the lines and markings and it's a real eye catcher for sure. It would be the center piece for any hardcore mopar lover. It's been in two magazines and most people don't even know about it, but they are shocked when they hear about it!

This is a very rare piece of muscle car history and the only one like it. The very first one made in 1974 to set up the production line. The word Rare doesn't do it justice as it shouldn't even exist! A piece of mopar history that's beaten the odds from the day it was constructed by mother mopar herself!

This is a true survivor that has escaped destruction on more than one occasion. This One of None has quite a unique story and amazing history behind it. So interesting in fact it's in the December 2006 issue of Mopar Muscle Magazine, and in the October 2011 issue of Mopar Action Magazine.

Brief History:

A Tooling Proof Body (or Buck as it was called by factory workers) is the first car assembled and is used to set up the assembly line. It was used as a reference during early production. The Tooling Proof is bolted to a 6"-8" steel plate that has tooling lines scribed every 5 inches. Once bolted to the plate the car is laid out with a corresponding 5"x5" grid. And each square is assigned a letter and number for reference.

(1st near miss)
After the line is up and running the production of these bodies are either crushed or deconstructed with air chisels to test integrity. Letting one of these out of the factory would reveal trade secrets. Bodies in white were made available to racers through the Chryslers Stock Car program via Spehars Performance. (Ted Spehar of Ram- chargers fame) Acting as a liaison between Chrysler Corp and the racers. These were complete Bodies that were left in the factory E-Coat. (Dipped in factory sealer) and came with nothing but the bare shell.

(2nd near miss)
In 1974 famous drag racer Dick Landy was looking for a Dodge Dart body in white to compete in the 74 season with no success. Spehars did some serious work searching for a Dart, but could only come up with this body on such short notice and quickly sent it to Val Chem Corp in Ohio to be acid dipped. (A common process to lighten the cars for completion) Figuring this would remove all the tooling marks and the sensitine trade secrets they held. Landy had however secured a Dart and no longer needed this body. Val Chem was not yet paid for the acid dipping so they refused to do it for fear of not getting paid. So they pushed it into a corner of the shop.

(3rd near miss)
A year later a Chrysler employee was in search of a body to build his dream car. He had a donor car that had been wrecked and was put in touch with Mike Koran the sales manager for Spehars Performance who still needed to sell the body sitting at Val Chem. A deal was struck and he purchased the body sight unseen and set off from Indiana to Ohio to pick up his dream car. He spent the next few years piecing it together, but never got it finished and luckily never painted the body. Life got in the way including a divorce, chronic health problems, the loss of his eye sight and repeatedly loss of storage spaces for the body. He made a hard choice to sell it to a friend and it was pushed into his shop and left untouched until it was purchased late last year.

(4th near miss)
The next owner decided the car should be returned to as close as possible to the way it was when it left the factory in 74' so he thought that it was a good idea to removed all of the parts from the donor car. Only leaving the glass, door handles, suspension, wheels and steering to make it easier to move and display.

Originally an engineering tooling test fit body, to verify production fit and methods. Fender tag states "1974 TOOLING PROOF BODY." Never fitted with suspension or interior, but now has gloss black front suspension, rear axle with leaf springs, and steering assembly (to facilitate moving other than by forklift.) Retains complete grid reference and tooling location markings.

This body is in amazing shape for its age and history and this is as close as you can get to a NOS body!
Here's your chance to own a very rare one of none 1974 Tooling Proof Body that has never been on the road.

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Factory Like Exotic Coverage covers the reasonable cost to remedy any operating mechanical or electrical failure of the vehicle, for the time indicated on the contract application, except as specified as excluded, subject to the provisions, terms and conditions of this contract.

As you can clearly see, coverage of any operating mechanical or electrical failure essentially mimics the factory warranty. Standard exclusions such as fabric convertible tops, brake pads, tires, etc., do apply.

In addition to the Factory Like Coverage being the best coverage available, you can customize your coverage with coverage up to ten years from the time of purchase, and three deductible choices starting at $100, $250, and $500.

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Definition: Factory Like and Factory Like Exotic is "exclusionary" coverage - covering everything except the "excluded items".

 

Factory Like and Factory Like Exotic Covered Components (Coverage A): Factory and Factory Exotic Coverage covers the reasonable cost to remedy any operating mechanical or electrical failure of the vehicle, for the time indicated on the contract application, except as specified as excluded, subject to the provisions, terms and conditions of this contract.

 

Definition: Exotic Coverage is "inclusionary" coverage - lists the covered components.

 

Exotic Covered Components (Coverage B): Engine: Cylinder block; heads; intake manifold; timing gear; timing gear cover; flywheel; oil pump; oil pump housing; water pump; harmonic balancer; valve covers; oil pan; crankshaft; valve train; crankshaft seals; connecting rod. Fuel System: Fuel pump; EFI sensors; throttle body assembly; injection pump; lines; vacuum pump. Transmission/Transaxle: Case: Torque converter; vacuum modulator; input/output shafts; bands; governor; washers. Front-Wheel Drive: Final drive housing; axle shaft; axle shaft; constant velocity joints; axle housing; axle supports; front hub; differential. Rear-Wheel Drive: Axle shafts and axle shaft; axle housing; propeller shafts; "U" joints; locking hubs; rear axle hub; differential side; pinion gears; disc limited slip. Brake System: Master cylinder; assist booster; combination valve; hydraulic lines & wheel cylinders; retainers. Suspension Assembly: Upper and lower control arms; control arm shafts; kingpins and bushings; spindle supports; stabilizer shaft. Steering System: Power steering gear, power steering pump, steering gear housing. Air Conditioning: Compressor; condenser; evaporator. Electrical System: Alternator; voltage regulator; starter motor; electronic ignition module; distributor; windshield wiper motor; washer pump; cruise control module; fan motor; heater blower motor; antenna; electrical door and trunk locks; electronic drive display; heat element rear window; electronic level control compressor and its sensor valve. Cooling System: Fan; coolant system modulator; radiator; radiator fan; temperature sensors. Emissions Components: Electronic control module; calibrator prom; manifold pressure sensor; oxygen sensor; throttle position sensor; idle air control valve; crank sensor; exhaust gas recirculation valve; electronic spark timing control.

 

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Excluded Items for Coverage A, B, & C: Non-mechanical or non-electrical failures; frame or structural separation; clutch and related components; rubber parts; any repositioning, refitting or realigning; distributor cap/rotor; tires/wheels; air bag/supplemental restraint systems; lenses; battery and cables; all maintenance service and items such as alignments, wheel balances, engine tune-ups, spark/glow plugs, plug wires, brake pads, linings & shoes, filters, lubricants, coolants, hoses; bright metal; any illumination including lights; exhaust system; brake rotor/drums; normal fluid/oil lubricant seepage; shop supplies; body adjustments, buttons, handles, door hinges; cleaning; squeaks and rattles; water leaks; wear and tear items; belts; timing chains; leaking shocks; a/c recharging; failures due to lack of maintenance, lack of fluids/coolant/lubricants; any parts not necessary to the completion of the repair; components that fail due to a non-covered component; breakdowns due to rust/corrosion/overheating; compression loss through gradual failure or rings and valves; and non-factory installed components.

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Ext / Int Color
  • Gray with Gray Vinyl Interior
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