The AAR edition ‘Cuda’s had 340ci V8s, with 6 barrel carburetors (the track car had to be de-stroked to 304ci to meet regulations). It featured a black hood with gaping hood scoop, hashmark side stripe, ending with the “AAR” logo. It also had the “ducktail” spoiler and side exhaust ports, coming out just ahead of the rear wheels. Factory output was 290 hp and 335 lb-ft, though tuners have likely milked much more power from that 340 6-pack through the years.
Two track cars were built, and raced by Gurney, and an American driver named “Swede” Savage. (I wish I was making this up) The 1970 Trans Am season was not very successful for the ‘Cuda, and Plymouth pulled the plug after the season was over, but the road-going cars that wear this special designation fetch a pretty penny at auction. These are some truly great examples of American muscle car badass.
All American Racing and Gurney are both still around. Though its last major campaign was for the 1999 CART IndyCar World Series, AAR continues to be involved with racing development.
The outfit actually built the oddball DeltaWing for Highcroft Racing, who ran it at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The man and the company have raced all over the world, but it was a one-year homologation special that gets the muscle car crowd worked up every single time.