Plymouth produced over 38,000 examples of the Barracuda in 1970, over 18,000 in 1971, and 18,450 examples in 1972. Government and insurance companies had been instrumental in the decline of performance machines while improving overall safety. Restrictive regulations and high insurance rates crippled the pony car market.
For 1972, the Barracuda was no longer available as a convertible body style. This left the 2-door hardtop coupe and the optional 'Cuda hardtop. A total of 10,622 examples of the base Barracuda were built in 1972, along with 7,828 examples of the 'Cuda.
The 1972 Barracuda featured a split grille with louvered center divider flanked by single headlamps. Rectangular front parking lamps were repositioned towards the center on either side of the below-the-bumper license plate holder. In the back, on the deck latch panel, were dual round tail lamps.
The base Barracuda model came standard with all the necessary safety devices, dual headlamps and horns, inside day/night mirror, brake warning lamp, left outside rearview mirror, hubcaps, bucket seats, fuel, temperature and ammeter gauges, and a cigar lighter. They also had black side wall tires and a 225 CID six cylinder engine rated at 100 SAE horsepower. An optional 318 CID V8 displaced 318 CID and produced 150 SAE horsepower.
The 'Cuda received a new twin scoop performance hood treatment and a blacked-out rear panel with 'Cuda lettering on the left side. They also had dual rectangular exhaust exists in the lower gravel pan, under the bumper. Standard items included chrome wheel lip and body sill moldings, performance hood, black-out rear deck panel, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, a two-barrel 318 CID V8, and color-keyed grille.
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