“Akron” Arlen Vanke ‘B029’ 1968 Hemi Barracuda

Arlen Vanke 68 Cuda

Crossing the auction block at the Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction on Saturday, January 30, this factory original “B029” Hurst Super Stock Hemi Barracuda (VIN B029M8B29912) is extremely rare and highly sought-after a 1 of just 70 ever produced with very few surviving examples remaining today.

One of the best in existence is Car #13, owned and raced by Hall of Fame Super Stock drag racing driver “Akron” Arlen Vanke from new. It is one of only a handful that were never cut up or wrecked, retaining its mint original body and trim, original body numbers and fender tag, pictures when found and during restoration, and documentation and provenance.

The Barracuda benefits from a two-year rotisserie restoration done to extremely high detailed standards by Hodge Restorations with virtually no expense spared. Best of all, it features an incredibly rare 426 Cross Ram Hemi engine built by Arlen Vanke himself! Even today, it is the most famous of all of the Hemi SS/B ‘Cudas.

While I could go on, check the video shot by Hodge Restorations with the mighty Hemi put through its paces, albeit a bit gentler than back in ’68. Nonetheless, there’s some great sound and it doesn’t take much imagination to understand the potential under the driver’s right foot!

This is a true blue chip collectible car and is considered by most to be the best one on the planet! You will be hard pressed to find a better car especially one with as much history as this car and being raced by a big-name, Hall of Fame driver. Concours quality restoration to as race condition with correct factory gray primer under the hood and underside and door jambs, paint is amazing with all painted lettering, consistent with a highly detailed, show-quality restoration with no bolt left unturned, all correct pieces including original front lightweight bumper and fiberglass front. $100k+ restoration. Still on its original title issued to Arlen Vanke. Inspected and verified by Galen Govier, accompanied by complete owner history, letter of authenticity from Arlen Vanke, Restored by Mopar expert Lee Hodges with help from Arlen Vanke himself, diecast model made after car, numerous magazine articles and features. 3 binders full of documentation, photos, magazine exposures and receipts! The cornerstone to any collection, museum quality. Chance of a lifetime to own the best factory produced Hemi Super Stock Barracuda in the World, 100% Real Deal, factory original with no excuses! You won’t find another like it period!

This awesome S/S warrior will be offered for sale by Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Please see https://russoandsteele.com/vehicle-details/?show_vehicle=130762&current_index=0&total_results=1&auction_pk=162&=&caryear=1968&caryearto=1968&search_text=Barracuda&page=featured&showpage=1 for more details!


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