History on the term Cuda
was a two-door compact/midsize car manufactured by the
division of the Chrysler
Corporation from 1964
Platform FR A-body
1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula SThe original Plymouth
Barracuda was built upon the A-body chassis, which was
also common to several other vehicles manufactured by
Chrysler, including the popular Dodge Dart. It was directly
spun off of the existing Valiant series to appeal to a
sportier market, and it is also considered the first pony
car, because it preceded the Ford
Mustang to market by two weeks.
first generation Barracuda's main claim to fame was its
enormous fastback wrap-around rear window, considered
the largest piece of automotive glass ever installed at
that time. Powertrains were identical to the Valiant's,
including two versions of Chrysler's legendary inline
"slant 6" — a 170 in³ (2.8 L), 101
hp (75 kW) version and an optional 225 in³ (3.7 L),
145 hp (108 kW) version offered. A two-barrel carbureted
180 hp (134 kW) 273 in³ (4.5 L) V8 was the top engine
option for 1964, so performance at first was modest. The
170 in³ six was later eliminated as an option, leaving
the 225 in³ 145 hp version as the smallest engine
option. The Barracuda sold for a base price of US$2,500,
and unlike any other year, all automatic 1964 Barracudas
had a push button shifter on the dashboard.
model year saw the introduction of two important options;
the 273 in³ (4.5 L) Commando, a 235 hp (175 kW) four-barrel
carbureted V8, and the Formula 'S' package, a performance
package that included the Commando V8, upgraded suspension,
wheels, and tires, and a standard tachometer.
1966 the Barracuda would receive a new taillight design
and a facelift, making it easily distinguishable from
the 1964 and 1965 versions. As a move to further the car's
image from that of the Valiant, the blue and red "V"
shaped Valiant emblem below the rear glass on the center
of the vehicle was replaced mid-year by a Barracuda fish
emblem. The 1966 model had updated sheetmetal, which gave
a more chiseled contour to the fenders, and also featured
fender-top turn signal indicators in the shape of shark
fins. Also new were full-sized bumpers and a unique "cheese-grater"
grill, which slanted forward aggressively and featured
a distinct grid pattern. Other changes for 1966 included
a redesigned gauge cluster and optional center console.
1967 saw a complete redesign of the Barracuda, some collectors
consider the 1966 model a unique, one-year-only rarity.
Other early A-Body enthusiasts shun the 1966 version as
an unfortunate departure from the original design.
Barracuda Formula SThe Barracuda would influence other
designs, particularly others in Chrysler's stable. Across
the pond, Chrysler's United Kingdom offshoot developed
the Hillman Hunter estate based Sunbeam Rapier Fastback
coupe for 1967, which clearly emulated the 1964-66 Barracuda's
Platform FR A-body
Related Dodge Dart
In 1967 the Barracuda remained an A-body car, but was
fully redesigned. To complement the fastback model, the
vehicle now offered notchback and convertible options,
replacing the 1966 versions. This second generation Barracuda
would last for three years, from 1967 through 1969. An
interesting way to visually tell the difference in all
3 years were the side marker lights: the 1967 Barracuda
had no side marker lights at all, the 1968 model had small
circular ones and the 1969 model had much larger rectangular
the pony car class became established and competition
heated up, Plymouth began to revise the Barracuda's engine
options, which came to resemble those of the larger Plymouth
Road Runner more than the Valiant's. While the base
225 in³ was still the base engine, the engine options
ranged from the two-barrel carbureted 180 hp (134 kW)
273 in³ (4.5 L) Commando, to a 235 hp (175 kW) four-barrel
carbureted V8 and though rare, the optionally available
383 in³ (6.3 L) B engine in 1967. In 1968 the 318
in³ 2bbl was the smallest V8 available (replacing
the 273 in³ 2bbl engine) and the 340 in³ 4bbl
engine and finally the massive 440 in³ (7.2 L) RB
single 4-barrel carbureted in 1969,
available straight off of the showroom
floor. There was even a limited production of 50 Super-Stock,
non-street legal, Hemi-powered Barracudas (and another
50 Darts) built in 1968 for use in drag racing.
1972 Plymouth Barracuda 340 (Restomod, with added 1970
AAR 'cuda stripes).
Platform FR E-body
Swede Savage (left) and Dan Gurney, 1970
1971 440 'Cuda
As 1970 rolled around, another redesign was in order for
the Barracuda. The performance version was badged and
advertised as the 'Cuda. This year's new design looked
quite a bit different from the previous models. One of
the reasons was that it was now built on a new, slightly
shorter, wider, and sportier version of Chrysler's existing
B platform, the E-body. This new generation eliminated
the fastback, but kept the two-door coupe and convertible
versions. It also had a Dodge near-twin known as the Challenger;
however, not one body panel interchanged between the two
cars and the Challenger had a slightly longer wheelbase.
Both were aggressively and cleanly styled, although they
were clearly influenced by the first-generation Chevrolet
Camaro. After the switch to the E platform, which featured
a larger engine bay than the previous A-body, Chrysler's
famous 426 in³ (7.0 L) Hemi would now be available
from the factory in the Barracuda. The HemiCuda had about
a factory rating of 6 MPG, and was sold without warranty.
car drivers Swede Savage and Dan Gurney drove identical
factory-sponsored AAR (All American Racers) Cudas in the
1970 Trans-Am Series, although with no success. The AAR
Cudas were equipped with the 340 ci "six pack"
(3, two barrel carburetors).
the 440-6 and 426 Hemi, the performance from these production
Barracudas ended up being legendary. The 1/4 mile times
for these were 13.7 s @ 103 mph and 13.4 s @ 108 mph -
both among the fastest times of the day. These engines
were very easy to slightly modify and drop into the 12s,
but either way - stock or modified - one could virtually
have a 5-passenger race car. Barracudas also came with
decal sets, hood modifications, and some unusual colors
("Vitamin C", "In-Violet", and "Moulin
Barracuda was changed slightly for 1971,
with a new grille and taillights. This would be the only
year that the Barracuda would have four headlights, and
also the only year of the optional fender "gills".
The 1971 Barracuda engine options would remain the same
as that of the 1970 model, except for the fact that a
4-barrel carbureted 440 engine was not available; all
440-powered Barracudas had a six-barrel carburetor setup
instead. The 426 Hemi option would remain, and the Hemi-powered
1971 Barracuda convertible is now considered one of the
rarest and most desirable collectible automobiles.
1970 and 1971, two options were available that are now
highly sought-after by collectors. They are the shaker
hood and the Spicer Dana 60 rearend. The shaker hood was
available on 340ci, 383ci, 440ci and Six-Pack, and 426ci
Hemi-equipped 'Cudas. The heavy Dana 60, with a 9 3/4
inch ring gear and considered nearly indestructible, was
standard on manual transmission 440 Six-Pack and 426 Hemi
equipped 'Cudas, and was optional on those with the automatic
another grille and taillight redesign in 1972,
the Barracuda would keep its overall look the same through
1974, with dual headlights and four circular taillights.
But like other pony cars of the time, these years showed
a major decrease in the Barracuda's power due to stricter
emission laws. The largest available engine in 1972 was
the 340 4bbl; a 360 was available in 1974. New safety
regulations would also force the vehicle to have large
front and rear bumper guards in 1973
and 1974. The Barracuda hung on through 1974, after which
it was discontinued in the midst of the 1973 oil crisis.
Production ended ten years (to the day) after it had begun.
Although today they are sought-after collector cars, the
third generation was a marketplace failure and never successfully
competed with rival offerings from Ford and General Motors.
The rarity of specific models and combinations today is
primarily the result of low original-buyer interest and
rare (only 14 produced) 1970 Hemicuda convertible sold
for US$2.16 million at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car
Scottsdale Auction in 2006. Needless to say, demand for
life size Cuda has driven demand for the diecast model
car version of all types and years of Plymouth Barracudas.
Ertl in the early 80's was one of the first diecast manufacturers
to introduce 1/18 scale model of the Cuda. Then in the
90's and even today ther diecast manufacturers Johnny
Lightning, Jada Toys, Highway
Machine, and Yatming
make scale model die cast collector versions of the Plymouth
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