Knowing full-well that Ford was planning on introducing a sporty, 2-door version of its compact Falcon sedan, the other American manufactures of the day rushed to build their own competitor in order to cash in on the newly emerging segment. The Mopar family followed very much the same recipe as their Dearborn based opponent by utilizing the compact A-body platform and drive components to form a sporty car for the day’s youth.
Thus, the Barracuda was born, beating the Mustang to sales floor by two weeks. 1967 saw the introduction of the updated model which brought about 2 extra inches on the wheelbase and model-specific sheet metal to greater distance itself from its sedan brethren. Plymouth’s fuel in their competitive fire were a wide variety of engines that began on the bottom end with pedestrian 170cid slant-6 and ended at the top with the 440cid V8. Certainly, there was no shortage of performance as production carried later into the 60s, and the stage was now set for the ultimate third generation vehicle of 1970.
Offered here is a truly excellent example of this imposing muscle car. Presented in Rallye Red with contrasting black leather interior, this original Texan car has benefitted from a comprehensive restoration to the tune of $60,000. This included a full engine rebuild and mechanical refresh. The interior is in excellent condition, it has bucket seats with the centre shift (complete with pistol grip!), centre console, new roof liner and all all-important roof mounted belt straps.
The dash does not have any cracks and all the gauges operate as they should. On the outside, all of the bright work is excellent, the paintwork looks fresh and the hood opens up easily. The Rallye wheels and BF Goodrich White Letter tyres are all period correct and look fantastic. This is a car that cuts a menacing profile on the street and would no doubt offer a lot of happy motoring.