Mr. Saintin said this was performed in France prior to the car arriving in Canada. It appears many of the service providers on this build were unaware of the tragic history of this car and the re-bodied 71 383 donor car.
Mr. Saintin claims the car was never misrepresented and was never on the market. He said he built the car for himself as a piece of history to pay tribute to the 12th Hemi Cuda. He reconfirmed his intentions were not to misslead any of the visitors at the show even though many left assuming it was a real multi-million dollar Cuda.
While standing there photographing the Cuda, several people commented on how valuable this car was. Another person muttered "How do you know it's the real car?"
I watched and listened as everyone pointed to Mr. Saintins signs and video screen which clearly
stated this was the original car. A small debate began and many were left scratching their heads. I am not here to comment on his intentions or pass judgement on his controversial presentation. I can only report what he told me. I know there were a lot of confused people wandering around the show not sure if this was real or not because his display did not say Tribute, recreation, clone or any other word to state the car wasn't the real car.
I would like to thank everyone I interviewed on Saturday about this car. Everyone was polite and more than happy to answer my questions. I am however, sad to learn the demise of the original 12th bajillion dollar Cuda. How awesome would it have been if this car was in fact the real deal? Unfortunately, I have to report on the sad facts and tell the story the way it is. The 12th car is dead and even though parts of the car like the 4speed transmission, brake booster and, pedal assembly are still alive, it's hardly enough to build a car with and call it original.
This article was not meant to piss anyone off or ruin anyone's day. It's meant to simply report the facts and provide the information for people like you to decide on what's the truth. In a very short period of time this car has engulfed forum boards, emails and telephones. "Is it real?" is the first question people ask. No, It's a tribute car with an original piece of paper and a re-bodied Vin. Obviously because of the fire, everything else has been fabricated in order to complete the illusion.
I would like to thank Mr. Francis Groux for sending the fascinating history and current information about this car. The photo's and story were a real treat to read and share. - RIP #12
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