GLM 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible - an almost slam dunk
Depending on your source there were 7 or 11 or maybe some other number of genuine 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertibles made with the 426 hemi engine - in any event just a handful, and those are multi-million dollar cars today. The crown jewel of the muscle/pony car world. And now we finally have five versions in 1/43 from GLM - purple (top up or top down), blue (top up or top down) and this Winchester Gray Poly version with black "HEMI" accents. I'm no Mopar expert, but they did a great job - I'd score it a "10" but for one little thing - the only version I found online, and there is one in this color, had slotted hubcap-less wheels instead of the dog bowl hubcaps this one has.
They really did a superb job with the front end grillework. And here's a sunshine pic of the paintwork.
There is a blue version in 1/1 out there with the little hubcaps, but its top is blue and the GLM has a black top. Finally the purple one with a black top and interior seems to match a 1/1 the most precisely. This is based on the pics I came across, so maybe there is a variant or two.
This is a very nice model but I do wish there was another wheel option.
I really need to get this one!
I like the poverty dog dish hubcaps on big block cars....it kind of gives the impression that the owner bought the car knowing that all the money is in the motor.
I really like the shaker hood, the '71-only cheese grater grill and slots in the front fenders.
Thanks Harv for a great post and super pics of a fantastic model.
It is an excellent model. Mine just arrived yesterday. Mine is this one as well. I am still thinking about one in blue.
South Lyon, Michigan - USA
@jcarnutz I was going to get this one (been planning to get it for months) and then the open convertible blue one with light blue interior mesmerized me. I find some shades of blue alluring and calming - must be a brain-chemical thing, like sometimes a red car model has too much "energy."
The model looks terrific. GLM made a good effort. Not a big fan of muscle and pony cars, but is very tempting.
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Thanks Harv. I had not realized that the Hemi version of the Cuda was so rare. Great post and images!
This one has the dog dish poverty hub caps, but no Hemi billboard.
@ben-lampson And that one has a black roof. Maybe I should get the blue one too.
@mg-harv Ya can't have enough Hemi Cuda convertibles Harv! 😁
Do you know if a coupe is coming?
@ben-lampson Not from GLM yet, but there is the American Cars version (whose wheels would look better on the TSM perhaps).
@mg-harv I have this green coupe too Harv and IMO it is very well done for its price. I had decided to be satisfied with this one and not get the GLM convertible but after revisiting this post 4 times I weakened (again)......I bought the grey one, dog dish caps and all! Lol.
Harv, in your 1st image of the GLM model, did GLM spell Hemi backwards on the passenger side billboard callout, or is it just a backwards picture, like a mirror pic?
Good catch Ben.
I just looked at mine and sure enough, the right side is printed backward. Now that is very unfortunate given how great this model is otherwise.
South Lyon, Michigan - USA