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1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda

For 1966, the front of the Plymouth Barracuda was redesigned while the rear of the vehicle remained mostly unchanged. In the front was a new split Valiant grille opening. Barracuda script could be found in the front of the forward wheel openings. The cars fitted with the 'S' option included small circular medallions placed below with the script.

The Barracuda BV1-P Series came equipped with the 225 cubic-inch Slant Six engine as standard equipment. The 273 cubic-inch two-barrel V9 was standard in the BV2-P series Barracuda. Also standard was a three-speed manual transmission. A TorqueFlite automatic and four-speed manual transmission could also be purchased.

Chrysler withdrew from NASCAR in 1965 after the company's new HEMI was banned from competition. Instead, they focused their efforts on the newly formed Trans Am racing series, creating a special model of its sporty A-body fastback, with support of Team Starfish, a newly formed team that included factory-drivers Scott Harvey and Richard Petty. A handful of Barracuda 'customer cars' was built for homologation purposes in the Trans Am series Group III.

NASCAR and Chrysler eventually reached an agreement, allowing the Hemi to compete. Chrysler returned to NASCAR in 1966 and ceased production of the Barracuda racer, making it a limited-production, one-year model. They did, however, continue to support Team Starfish in hopes of bolstering sales of the Barracuda against the Mustang.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2019

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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1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda vehicle information

Sport Hardtop

Chassis Num: BP29D65162129

This Plymouth Formula S Fastback Barracuda is powered by a professionally rebuilt 273 CID V8 Super Commando engine and fitted with an automatic transmission with a shift kit. It has new paint, original rebuilt Kelsey Hayes disc brakes, and a 3.23 gea....[continue reading]

1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda vehicle information

Sport Hardtop

For 1966, the Barracuda received a facelift including new tail lamps, new front sheet metal, and a new instrument panel. The instrument panel allowed for oil pressure and tachometer gauges on models so equipped.....[continue reading]

1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda vehicle information

Sport Hardtop

Chassis Num: BP29D65125557

This 1966 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S is powered by an overhead valve 273 cubic-inch V8 engine with factory four-barrel carburetor and is one of 2,346 examples with automatic transmissions.....[continue reading]

Sport Hardtop
Chassis #: BP29D65162129 
Sport Hardtop
 
Sport Hardtop
Chassis #: BP29D65125557 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1966 Valiant Barracuda
$2,555-$31,400
1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda Base Price : $2,555

Other 1966 Plymouth Models
$1,980 - $2,530
$2,525 - $3,085
$2,720 - $3,215

Barracuda

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
23,443
6 cyl., 225.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 180.00hp
$2,360 - $2,360
64,596
106.00 in.
6 cyl., 225.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 235.00hp
$2,450 - $2,450
38,029
106.00 in.
6 cyl., 225.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 235.00hp
$2,555 - $2,555
116.00 in.
8 cyl., 426.00 CID.
45,412
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 225.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 273.00 CID., 190.00hp
8 cyl., 317.93 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 383.00 CID., 290.00hp
$2,580 - $2,900
31,987
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 225.00 CID., 145.00hp
8 cyl., 318.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 340.00 CID., 275.00hp
8 cyl., 383.00 CID., 335.00hp
$2,675 - $3,085

Industry Production

#1#2#3Plymouth
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
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)638,075
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)687,514
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)728,228
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)551,633
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)488,448
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)339,527
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)356,257

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