Nash Bridges Barracuda -
On the first episode of the police drama NASH BRIDGES/CBS/1996-2001,
the audience was introduced to a 1970 426 Hemi
Plymouth 'Cuda convertible. Painted
in High Impact yellow, his sleek muscle car belonged to San
Francisco detective Nash Bridges (Don Johnson).
Supposedly, the car is "one of 14 ever made."
Nash's 426 Drag Hemi engine with twin Carter AFB
four-barrels is capable of 425 horsepower at
5,000 rpm, with 0-60 in 5.7 seconds.
4 "High Impact" revealed that Nash treasures his
car because it carries sentimental memories of
his brother, Bobby who disappeared over Cambodia
during the Vietnam War.
Reportedly, there were
four different Cuda's specifically built for the
show. One is a genuine 440 big-block
strip-burner that was converted to a single
4-barrel. The 440 car and the 318 car are
actually '71 'Cudas, while the 340 car and the
360 car are '70 'Cudas with cosmetic changes to
make them look like '71s.
For a great article on
NASH BRIDGES 'Cudas, check out Michael R.
Smith's article entitled "Nash Bridges of Mopar
County" in the July 1996 issue of High
Performance Mopar Magazine.
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