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1970 Plymouth Barracuda

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Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe

A Street Version of Dan Gurney's Trans Am Cars
For a time, Plymouth enjoyed a racing program that cross-town rival Chevrolet didn't, due to anti-racing edicts GM enacted earlier in the 1960's. As the third and smallest of the Big Three, Pl....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23R0B236224
Engine Num: MN426 F

For 1970, Plymouth introduced its restyled Barracuda. It was six inches shorter, a few inches lower, and five inches wider. It had the same wheelbase length as its immediate predecessor, yet now it had the muscular proportions that appealed to a ve....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23V0E110040

For 1970, the E-body platform became longer, lower and wider and quickly distinguished themselves from their GM and Ford rivals. The redesign was done, in part, to make room under the bonnet for Chrysler's Raise Block engines, both the 440 cubic inc....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23J0B292416

In 1970, 2,724 examples of the Plymouth 'Cuda AAR were sold. The 'Cuda AAR package included a six-barrel, 340 cubic-inch small block V8 that was vastly underrated at 290 horsepower, with either a four-speed or an optional TorqueFlite transmission, fr....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

For 1970, the Plymouth Barracuda lost the first two syllables of its name and became simply the 'Cuda.' There were three body styles and nine engine options offered, with the most potent being the Hemi 'Cuda powered by Chrysler's 425 horsepower, 426 ....[continue reading]

V8 Convertible

Plymouth's muscle car was their long hood/short deck version of the Valiant, dubbed the Barracuda. In 1970, the dramatically restyled Barracuda and its high-performance brother, known simply as the 'Cuda, would become some of the most desirable muscl....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Convertible

Chassis Num: BH27G0B212211

This 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible clone that was originally a 318 cubic-inch Barracuda convertible that was constructed in Plymouth's Hamtramck assembly plant in 1970. The modifications were done by Ultimate Rides in El Paso, Texas in the early 2....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23J0B294123

This 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda AAR 2-door Hardtop has 76,048 original miles. It is powered by a 340/290HP six-pack and it features power steering and an axle ratio of 3.55. There are front and rear rubber bumpers and is listed in Galen Govier's registry as....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23V0B345337

Two of the most prized options on the 1970 E-Body Plymouth Cuda was the 440 cubic-inch engine and the Shaker hood. The 440 cubic-inch V8 had 3 x 2-barrel carburetors and produced just under 400 horsepower. The E-body configuration was a two-door co....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 50211

This car (AAR chassis #50211) is the first of three Plymouth 'Cudas constructed by Dan Gurney's All American Racers (AAR) for competition in the 1970 Trans Am Championship. It was driven by Dan Gurney and Swede Savage during pre-season testing and us....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe

This is a 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda 2-Door Hardtop. It is seen here at the 2007 Eastern Concours of the United States.....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23R0B146640

This Plymouth Hemi Cuda was constructed in 1970 at the Hamtramck assembly plant and was originally equipped with Plymouth's top-of-the-line 'R'-code 426 Hemi V8 and a four-speed manual gearbox, making it one of only 284 examples specified with this c....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: BS23ROB249759

This rare race car is fully documented to be one of the four Hemi 'Cudas exported to France at the request of Henri Chemin, the Director of Chrysler's Racing Department at the time and somewhat of a legend to French motorsports enthusiasts. Chemin ha....[continue reading]

V8 Convertible

This Plymouth Gran Coupe Convertible is finished in deep burnt orange metaling with matching interior. It is one of sixty-six with a 383 cubic-inch 4-barrel 335 horsepower engine with HD 727 Torqueflite transmission. It has a rare Y-13 VIN code and w....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

This Plymouth Cuda is one of 14 known EK2 ('vitamin C') with H6XW (black/white) vinyl interior, optional 'sure-grip' 3.91 rear axle ratio / N95 evaporative emission system. It has a A53 (Trans Am Package) with front power disc brakes and 11-inch rear....[continue reading]

V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe

In 1964, Ford introduced the Mustang, leaving the competition in the dust. With some creative shuffling, Plymouth took their similarly sized Valiant, added a curved rear window and some sporty trim, and created the Barracuda. Although it didn't enjoy....[continue reading]

V8 HardTop Coupe

There is no doubt that when it comes to outrageous in-your-face colors for the 1960s and 1970s Muscle Cars, Dodge and Plymouth were at the head of the pack. In mid-1969, they started by offering several special spring time colors such as Bahama Yello....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe
 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23R0B236224 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23V0E110040 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23J0B292416 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
 
V8 Convertible
 
Six Cylinder Convertible
Chassis #: BH27G0B212211 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23J0B294123 
Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23V0B345337 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 50211 
Six Cylinder Hardtop Coupe
 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23R0B146640 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: BS23ROB249759 
V8 Convertible
 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
 
V8 Cuda Series Hardtop Coupe
 
V8 HardTop Coupe
 

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 produced with 180 horsepower. An optional Commando 273 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine was available with a four-barrel carburetor, high-compression heads and revised cams. The vehicle was outfitted with a live rear axle and semi-elliptic springs. Unfortunately, the Barracuda was introduced at the same time, separated by only two weeks, as the Ford Mustang. The Mustang proved to be the more popular car outselling the Valiant Barracuda by a ratio of 8 to 1.

The interior was given a floor-shifter, vinyl semi-bucket seats, and rear seating. The rear seats folded down allowing ample space for cargo.

By 1967, Plymouth redesigned the Barracuda and added a coupe and convertible to the model line-up. To accommodate larger engines, the engine bay was enlarged. There were multiple engine offerings that ranged in configuration and horsepower ratings. The 225 cubic-inch six-cylinder was the base engine while the 383 cubic-inch 8-cylinder was the top-of-the-line producing 280 horsepower. That was impressive, especially considering the horsepower to weight ratio. Many chose the 340 cubic-inch eight-cylinder because the 383 and Hemi were reported to make the Barracuda nose-heavy while the 340 offered optimal handling.

In 1968 Plymouth offered a Super Stock 426 Hemi package. The lightweight body and race-tuned Hemi were perfect for the drag racing circuit. Glass was replaced with lexan, non-essential items were removed, and lightweight seats with aluminum brackets replaced the factory bench, and were given a sticker that indicated the car was not to be driven on public highways but for supervised acceleration trials. The result was a car that could run the quarter mile in the ten-second range.

For 1969 a limited number of 440 Barracudas were produced, giving the vehicle a zero-to-sixty time of around 5.6 seconds.

In 1970 the Barracuda were restyled but shared similarities to the 1967 through 1969 models. The Barracuda was available in convertible and hardtop configuration; the fastback was no longer offered. Sales were strong in 1970 but declined in the years that followed. The muscle car era was coming to a close due to the rising government safety and emission regulations and insurance premiums. Manufacturers were forced to detune their engines. The market segment was slowly shifting from muscle-cars to luxury automobiles. 1974 was the final year Plymouth offered the Barracuda.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
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