The Dean Nicopolis 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda went up for sale this week. No, it is not a stock original Hemi Cuda. That’s not the point. This is the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda which Dean Nicopolis built, and he built it his way, the way a Super Stock drag racer would build it.
Racing fans will remember that Dean Nicopolis was the last of the legendary Ramcharger Racing Team. In the early 1980’s he built himself this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. It has many vintage performance enhancements such as high compression pistons, radical cam shaft, frame connectors, headers, and a vacuum pump for the power disc brakes. With his knowledge base of racing and custom designed enhancements, this car should be a learning tool for performance guys and race car enthusiasts. (Follow this link to view photos of the car and some of the documentation that comes with it.)
The Ramchargers were initially composed of engineers, technicians and car buffs employed at Chrysler Corporation in 1959. That was the year the Mopar factory race team ran “The High and Mighty” modified 1959 Plymouth coupe in the Nationals. Nobody had seen a performance racer like that before. Their engineering cues and performance achievements are legendary. Their name came from their innovational intake manifold tuning techniques. They also were the first to do exhaust header tuning, changing the center of gravity, and developing an automatic transmission for drag racing.
History records that they were the first team to break the 9 second barrier with a stock bodied car. They went on to break the 7-second mark with a Funny Car, and the 6-second mark in a Top Fueler.
By 1974 the last of the Ramchargers formed a unique team for Super Stock racing. Ted Flack ran SS/K, Lee Palarchio SS/D, and Dean Nicopolis SS/DA class. They achieved new Super Stock records and many divisional championships. They won three Division 3 Super Stock titles. Dean Nicopolis was the last of the Ramcharger team. Although his mates retired from racing in 1977, Dean continued until 1988. He dominated the Street Hemi Class with 37 class championships.
Nicopolis, the last of the Ramchargers, past away in 2009. He had a lot to be proud of for a life well lived.
A private collector from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada currently owns the car. The Dean Nicopolis 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda retains so much provenance and history. Rarely does a car this important come on the market.