1973 Plymouth Barracuda

For 1973, the automobile industry continued to move away from high performance vehicles and conform to the increase safety regulations and emission standards. Horsepower fell, bumpers size increased, and safety and luxury became even more popular. Plymouth followed this trend, and their high-performance Barracuda and Cuda adjusted accordingly. Both the Cuda and Barracuda were 2-door hardtop coupes with seating for five individuals. Pricing for the Barracuda began at $2,940 while the 'Cuda sold for $3,120. The six-cylinder engine was no longer available to either of these models. The 318 cubic-inch V8, standard in many Plymouth models for 1973, offered 150 (SAE) horsepower. All 1973 Plymouth engines were given a new EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system, offset spark advance and electric choke. Both the Barracuda and the Cuda also came standard with electronic ignition. Another new standard features was manual disc brakes.

Perhaps one of the biggest visual changes to the Barracuda and the Cuda were larger bumpers with rubber-faced guards. The front side marker lamps moved slightly to a new location on the sidebody feature line. Cuda models were easily identifiable by their large model letters on the left-hand side of the rear panel and by the twin-scoop performance hood of the prior year.

Plymouth offered several performance packages and decor packages on both models. The list of items included upgrades to the suspension, sport hoods, and body side tape stripes.

For 1973, a total of 11,587 examples of the Barracuda were produced, along with 10,626 examples of the 'Cuda.

by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2015

Related Reading : Plymouth Barracuda History

The first series of the Barracuda was produced from 1964 through 1969, distinguished by its A-body construction. From 1970 through 1974 the second series was produced using an E-body construction. In 1964, Plymouth offered the Barracuda as an option of the Valiant model line, meaning it wore both the Valiant and Barracuda emblems. The base offering was a 225 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that....
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'Cuda' Hardtop Coupe

Plymouth manufactured the Barracuda from 1964 through 1974. The 1970 to 1974 E-body Barracuda (third generation) was no longer Valiant-based. It was available as a coupe and a convertible, both of which were very different from the previous models. ....[continue reading]

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1973 Barracuda
1973 Plymouth Barracuda Price Range: $2,940 - $3,125

Model Year Production

1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)501,129
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)546,132
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)519,962
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)454,105
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)739,894
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)882,196
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)756,605
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)702,113
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)747,508
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)751,134
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)790,239

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