Three of the four custom show cars Plymouth used to promote its Rapid Transit
System marketing campaign in the early 1970s are going up for auction in May as the collection of the late Steven Juliano is dissolved.
Juliano spent roughly 30 years tracking down and purchasing the cars from Chrysler's Rapid Transit Caravan, a traveling road show made up of a heavily customized 1970 Plymouth Duster 340, Plymouth ‘Cuda and Plymouth Road Runner.
The cars and their accompanying displays were quite the spectacle back then, and the next year they ran the Caravan tour again, though now with a 1971 Road Runner to reflect that model's updated styling.
Juliano managed to acquire the Caravan's Duster and two Road Runner – but not the ‘Cuda – before the pancreatic cancer he'd been battling since the mid- to late 2000s just recently ended his life, reports Hemmings
He also acquired three other similar Dodge customs: the George Barris-modified 1967 Dodge Dart-based “Daroo I”; a 1969 Dart Swinger; and the 1970 Dodge Challenger “Diamante” show car, but later let go of the Daroo I and Diamante.
The Rapid Transit Caravan Plymouths are being auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis
, at their sale there held May 14 thru 19.
Also up for grabs will be four of Juliano's Shelby Cobras, including a rare one-of-five 289 Cobra Dragonsnake; an unrestored example of a Cheetah, a rare Chevrolet-powered rival to the Cobra; the aforementioned custom 1969 Dart Swinger; and a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda with a factory flower-patterned “Mod Top” vinyl roof and interior.
Pre-auction estimates for the cars have not yet been revealed.