Although Plymouth-Barracuda was not all that successful during its production years in terms of sales, it remains one of the most sought-after collectible cars today. The available Barracudas sell at high prices at auctions. Those produced between 1970 and 1974 are in particular very popular with car collectors who have come to appreciate the car’s functionality and performance.
The first generation of the Plymouth-Barracuda car was produced between 1964 and 1966. This was a 2-door fastback coupe that could be found with three different engines; the 2.8 Liter Slant-6 16, 3.7 Liter Slant-6 16 and the 4.5 Liter LA V8 engines. It was designed with a wheelbase of 106 inches and measured 188 inches and 70 inches in length and width respectively. Standing at a height of 54.5 inches, the car weighed just 1,406 kg.
Produced by Plymouth, a division of Chrysler, the first Barracudas heavily borrowed from Chrysler’s Valiant in terms of design. This however changed as the Barracuda came to feature its own unique accessories. The 1966 Barracudas featured new taillights, front sheet metal and a completely new dashboard.
Production of the second generation Barracudas run from 1967 to 1969. Three models were available; 2-door fastback coupe, 2-door notchback coupe and 2-door convertibles. These used varied engines including 3.7 Liter Slant-6 16, 4.5 Liter LA V8, 5.2 Liter LA V8, 5.6 Liter LA V8, 6.3 Liter B V8, 7.2 Liter RB V8 and 7.0 Liter HEMI RB V8 engines. In departing from the Valiant, the new Barracudas were styled differently. They featured coke-bottle side contours and restyling of both front and rear areas. They had concave rear deck panels, curved side glasses and wider wheel openings amongst other improvements.
Production of the third generation Plymouth Barracuda started in 1970 and ended in 1974. These were available in 2-door notchback coupe and 2-door convertible body styles. These used varied engines from the 3.2 Liter Slant-6 16 to the 7.2 Liter RB V8 engines. These Barracudas featured a different body style, the E-Body, which literally eliminated the commonality with Chrysler’s Variant. Even with such improvements, the Plymouth Barracuda did not do well in terms of sales as most car buyers opted to by Chryslers instead.