1966 Plymouth Barracuda
Chrysler didn't set the world on fire with the release of the
sporty compact Barracuda on April 1, 1964. That blaze was ignited
two weeks later with the premiere of Ford's iconic Mustang.
However, Plymouth's work was not in vain, as its pony car entry
would one day morph into one of the hottest rides ever to hit the
road during the heyday of Detroit's muscle car wars. (Thanks to
Scotty Lachenauer MT Magazine)
Oft considered the best year to the first three generations of the
early barracudas, our consignment takes the greenhouse glass
fastback car and it's equipped with a 273ci V8 now with a 4-barrel
carburetor to feed it the fossils. A 4-speed manual transmission is
now on, and this brings it up to snuff to be called a Barracuda
Formula S clone. A keeper fer sur.
Bright Red bathed steel panels that sculpt this iconic model. Paint
is on thick and there are a few areas on the lower parts of the car
that have had previous repairs and still show some crinkling,
slight rust bubbling, and scratches. Up front the chiseled look for
the split chrome grille with a red center portion is in chromed egg
crate style. A nice bumper below and a single chrome bezel
headlight resides on either side. The hood now has the Formula
stripes in black that run back to the front glass, then continue on
the rear of the car once you pass by the massive glass on the back.
Nice shiny trimmings for the wheel wells and rockers, and flashy
dual exhaust make a 90 degree turn to the sides on the back. This
car has a black vinyl top that sports an aftermarket sunroof. This
black vinyl runs to the B pillars beginnings then red painted metal
takes over for just a bit between the vinyl and that greenhouse
glass. At the very back of the glass is a large stainless less
trimming complete with a big circular barracuda badge also in
stainless. Mopar rally wheels with a deep chromed dish edge
trimming are on all 4 corners. Quite the catch I'd say!
Our car fishing expedition continues with a swing of the doors
where we see red vinyl lower panels with a sideways U shaped black
highlighter framing the crank and door actuator as well as a black
arm rest. Uppers are painted the body matching red. To the chairs
where Volvo buckets in two tone red inserts and black bolsters are
luring us in. A long bench which was reupholstered to match the
front chairs is across the back under glass. All these seats float
beautifully in like new red carpeting. This also covers the rear
cargo area which can be expanded by folding down the rear seat.
Upfront we see an original dash with two large central instruments
and 2 flanking round inset gauges on either side. These are in an
aluminum panel which has padded black vinyl dash on top and red
painted metal below where an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette is
installed along with an aftermarket tachometer. Cruise control is
also installed. Fish ON!!
A flip of the hood, and you'll get reeled in by the stunning
condition of this 273ci V8 now topped with a 4-barrel carburetor.
The engine is beautifully detailed with a blazing red block, and
black valve covers with chromed ribs on top for highlighting. A
round chrome air cleaner covers the 4 barrels and supple hoses and
wiring abound. On back is now a 4-speed manual transmission,
(A833), and the rear axle weighs in as a 8-3/4 inch consigner
stated 3.55 gear ratio. Take your time with this new fighter.
Some surface rust and heavy patina for the underside. A few
previous repairs have been made to the floor pans. The
aforementioned wrinkling on the lower portions can be seen as
repaired from the inside of the rear fenders. Upfront some new
suspension parts are now on and suspension is front torsion bars
and on back some surface rusted leaf springs. Drum brakes are all
around and a dual Flowmaster exhaust handles the exhale.
A bit of a difficult time to start this baby, most likely a starter
issue or solenoid. We got her swimming though and on the test track
it performed nicely. The new seats are wonderfully comfortable.
A nice job turning a grocery getter with a sexy rear glass into a
Barracuda Formula S clone. Nice mid 60s muscle car lines, and it
gave the public an alternative to the ubiquitous Mustang. Take the
hook out and get on in here to our hallowed halls at Classic Auto
Mall. It will be a real expedition.
29-2 Door Sports Coupe
D-273ci V8 2bbl 180hp
2-Dodge Main Assy Plant
624707-Sequential Unit Number
AB31-273ci V8 2bbl
C1-3 Speed Manual
SO30400005-March 4th Build
BDY BP29-Barracuda 2 Door Sport Coupe
TRM P4H-Red Vinyl
PNT PP1 P-Bright Red, Red Upper Door Frames
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.