While editing Geoff Stunkard’s upcoming column “From the Musclecar Files” for the May 8 issue, I noticed Mr. Stunkard used “hemi’cuda” when referring to a 426-cid-powered 1970 ‘Cuda.
This spelling is used on the car’s Shaker hood scoop (by the way, “Shaker” is one of those words capitalized on some cars, not capitalized on others), but it’s not a spelling often seen. Even though Stunkard is a very well-known writer and is the former editor of a Mopar muscle car magazine, I figured I would double check his spelling since we usually use “Hemi ‘Cuda” as two capitalized words when referring to these powerhouses.
I remembered the OCW archives contains Chrysler and Plymouth data books from 1970 and later so I looked up Hemi ‘Cudas in the data book. The data book always refers to both the Hemi and ‘Cuda in lower case. I couldn’t believe ‘Cuda should be spelled ” ‘cuda” in lower-case form and went to look for an original ad. In the ad I found, ‘Cuda is capitalized, as is Hemi, and the ad calls the car “Hemi-‘Cuda” with a hyphen. So, since Mopar spelled it however it wanted to do it, we will too!