Posted on May 11, 2016
Stolen Muscle Car Valued at $1.4 Million
Flowered Muscle Car Worth $1.4 Million Stolen Near New York City
Who would steal a muscle car worth $1.4 million that’s so unique and distinctive, it is pretty much impossible to sell? That’s what must have gone through the mind of Joe Stephenson, special investigations managing director at Hagerty Insurance, when he processed the insurance claim for this stolen work of art. It was an avacado-green 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda with a flowered rooftop that was stolen, and the famous muscle car was taken from a Westchester County home near New York City in April, 2016. This dream muscle car captures the imagination of Toronto drivers as much as the Dodge Viper sitting right at Ontario Chrysler does.
1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda a Rare Work of Art
Even without its flower-covered vinyl roof, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is a very rare specimen. “This is a work of art” said Stephenson. “It’s just like a Picasso or any other valuable work of art. They're going to try to sell it, eventually, to an honest buyer" he maintained. It is believed that not only will the valuable muscle car be hard to sell, it will be very easy to find even if the car thief replaces the rooftop.
When Chrysler (FCAU) made Plymouth cars, they offered the special “Mod Top” feature to try and interest female shoppers. It was the only part of the valuable muscle car that was not original, since the patterned vinyl is a reproduced version of the original covering that had been on the car back in 1970. But only one 1970 Plymouth muscle car with a 425 horsepower Hemi engine ever opted for the flowery roof.
The most recent owner of the rare muscle car worth $1.4 million was Steven Juliano of Pelham Manor, NY. Sometime near midnight on April 25 it was stolen, and authorities are now investigating whether or not it was an intentional theft that had been targeted and planned out by professional thieves, or whether it was just an opportunistic theft that someone cooked up on the fly. It was while the valuable Plymouth was being moved to another location that the crime occurred. Authorities don’t know for sure whether the thief even knew of the huge value of the rare car. The insurance company is even offering a reward of up to fifty thousand dollars for any valuable information leading to the muscle car’s return. The owner of the stolen 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda has declined to comment on the crime.