A rare 1970 Plymouth “Mod Top” Barracuda owned by noted collector Steven Juliano was stolen from his Pelham Manor garage shortly after midnight on April 26.
The car was estimated to be worth $1.4 million dollars.
According to a New York Daily News report, Juliano was planning on having it transported with three other vehicles to Los Angeles. While loading the three other vehicles he was alerted by his security company that there was a break-in at his Pelham Manor garage.
According to reports, the vehicle was gone by the time the police arrived.
What makes this particular Barracuda so rare is its unique combination of a 425-hp Hemi engine and special edition floral print “Mod Top” treatment. The “Mod Top” was a wacky and groovy option package made available by Plymouth in 1969 and ’70 for its Barracudas, Satellites, Darts, Swingers and Coronets. The floral packaging was clearly targeted at female buyers, but it never caught on and fewer than 3,000 cars wound up dressed in flowers. According to Hotrod.com the production number of 1970 Barracudas was even less, “ The ’70 sales figures were on the low side, with less than 100 buyers checking off the option. The rather masculine lines and aggressive stance of the new Barracuda just wasn’t the right vehicle for the female-oriented vinyl top…Plymouth made 17 Mod Top ’Cudas for 1970, but only one came with a Hemi.”