Need a reason for why the collector car market is absolutely the hottest thing around? How about 3.5 million reasons? This rare 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda sold at Mecum Auctions Seattle last night for a staggering $3,500,000 – which is frankly a lot of money.

But when you examine its provenance, there’s quite a lot to love. Due to federal regulations and rising insurance costs, Plymouth only sold 16,159 Cudas in ’71, of which only 108 coupes and 11 convertibles received the legendary 426 Hemi engine. This example is the only known surviving Hemi convertible that came equipped with a factory four-speed manual transmission.

Pumping out 425-horsepower and featuring endless headroom with which to hear each and every pony, it’s certainly the car to have.

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[via Mecum Auctions]