SEMA 2015: 1971 ‘Cuda ‘Medusa’ by All Speed Customs

1971-cuda-asc-profileThe business of building custom cars is highly subjective to the tastes of each car’s owner. In some cases, people try to restore a car to its original condition. With resto-mods, people build cars that look old but offer modern reliability and performance. In the case of this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, it’s kind of a strange cocktail of old-and-new parts combined.

This car is the work of All Speed Customs in Muskegon, MI. I saw it on display at the Meguiar’s booth at SEMA 2015.

Because this is SEMA, everyone has to build an over-the-top car to attract the most attention. A simple HEMI swap wouldn’t do, so this car has a 750 horsepower race-spec V10 engine from a Dodge Viper. It’s coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters from TCI Auto. The power meets the road via a Strange Engineering 9″ rear end. There is a 3-inch stainless exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers and electric cutouts. So far, it all sounds pretty standard.

But there are some interesting touches, too. The car’s rear bumper has a rear diffuser panel with a center-exit exhaust that was adapted from a Ferrari. The door handles are off of an Aston Martin. The front air dam is all custom, as are the louvered hood and the integrated rear spoiler. These are not typical hot rod parts, and that makes the car more interesting.

The interior is pretty wild as well. The dashboard and center console are completely made by hand, first built of sheet metal and then molded in carbon fiber. There is an iPad in the vertical orientation (like the screen in a Tesla Model S) in the center of the dash, featuring a GPS and full audio controls. The rear seat has been taken over by a custom stereo install with two massive subwoofers in place of the passengers.

I think there is an impressive amount of work in this car, and it will surely be a source of pride for both the owner and the builders. What do you think of it? Post a comment below and share your thoughts with us!

Engine and Driveline
Race-spec Dodge Viper V10 engine, 750 horsepower
6-speed Automatic Transmission w/TCI Auto paddle-shifters
Strange Engineering 9″ Rear End
Stainless 3″ Exhaust w/Cutouts
MagnaFlow Mufflers

Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Roadster Shop Chassis
C6 Front Suspension
Four-Link Rear Suspension
Penske Double-Adjustable Coilovers
14″ Wilwood Disc Brakes, 6-piston (front), 4-piston (rear)
Forgeline Custom Wheels, 20″x10″ (front) and 20″x12″ (rear)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires

Body and Exterior
Shaved Drip Rails
Quarter Panels Extended
Custom Front Air Dam
Rear Valence (Ferrari)
Aston Martin Door Handles
Flush-Mounted Glass

Interior
Ididit Tilt Steering Column
Woodward Rack and Pinion Steering
Recaro Seats
Custom Dashboard with Classic Instruments Gauges
Custom Center Console w/iPad

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