Time for a lesson in one of the coolest pony cars out there. This
1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S was the combination of a powerful
V8, light weight, and cool fastback styling. And for those who
truly appreciate it, you need a rarely-seen low mileage, nicely
restored, and numbers-matching example like this one.
The factory PP1 Matador Red paint looks fantastic on this restored vehicle. That means they took the time to make sure the Barracuda's unique sheetmetal was done right before the first drop of red went on. And because this was a modern restoration, it has the radiance of a modern clearcoat finish. Plus, those mirror-like chrome bumpers add to the bright personality. Panel gaps are excellent, which means the doors close with the unique classic Chrysler authority. For those few who know their Barracuda coupes, this one does not disappoint. It has the right features such as the aggressive full-length Formula S triple stripe, 383 callouts on the hood trim, and even the retro cool appearance of the standard Plymouth hubcaps with color-matched red steelies.
Inside, the red and white interior is both premium and sporty, and it all has a time capsule-like quality. You'll love the intricate details, like the pattern on the bucket seats, bright center console, and even the rear seat folds flat for utility. The door panels look terrific, and offer a hint of wood trim for a very period-correct premium feeling. You get the classic steering wheel, and beyond that is a full round gauge panel, including a tach in the center. It all has a great retro cool feeling, right down to the AM radio that's still cranking out tunes!
You can tell there was plenty of money left in the restoration budget for the engine bay. The color-matched red fender walls have a smooth look that funnel your attention to the proper blue block and valve covers. Plus, Mopar fans know the look of the factory air topper that loves to announce the performance beneath it. And the reason why you spend so much on the engine bay is because this is the numbers-matching motor, and it's a very special milepost in pony/muscle car history. 1968 is the introduction of the 383 cubic-inch V8 to the Barracuda. It's the beginning of the increasing size and power that would lead to some of the most amazing Mopars around. This is the first step, and so it's the one that gets serious respect. The big V8 inhales deeply with a correct four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with a sweet sound out of the dual exhaust. The original TorqueFlite 727 three-speed shifts smoothly on its way to feeding the limited-slip rear end. And as you look at the undercarriage photos, you can see the total quality of this restoration.
Complete with the factory buildsheet and restoration photos, this is the low mileage stunner that represents a cool piece of history. So if you like V8 power and a story to tell, this is the one. Call today!!!
The Pick of the Day is a first-year example of the Mopar pony car
This is the eighth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
You read the headline correctly: This is the four-door Barracuda that Plymouth didn’t build in 1970, except it actually did, sort of
Plymouth only built 107 of these Hemi ‘Cudas in 1971, and of those only 59 were equipped with 4-speed manual transmission.
The Pick of the Day is a restored and resto-modded 1967 Plymouth Barracuda coupe that looks like it was done right, with performance upgrades for power and drivability.
Offered at the 46th Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this funny car, recognized as “Snake II,” is the original car used in the popular “Snake vs. Mongoose” match
Plymouth Barracudas have the distinction of being produced for exactly one decade to the day with the third and last generation of ‘Cudas becoming best-known among muscle car collectors.
I got a text message from a buddy of mine in Bowman, North Dakota, and he asked me if I knew anybody that would be interested in a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda.
Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21.