440 6-PACK, 727 AUTO, LASER STRAIGHT BODY, SOLID UNDERCARRIAGE, RUNS AMAZING!
You're looking at a coupe that's elegantly mild on the outside, but don't let the subtle Sunfire Yellow on this 1968 Plymouth Barracuda fool you. This custom build has the 440 V8 heart of a true street-eating beast. This is also a very solid car which runs out excellent. One look at the floor pans, the laser straight body, and the glossy paint and you know you're dealing with a Barracuda that's a cut above the rest!
Before we dive into the beastly side of this Barracuda, let's appreciate the first impression this car gives off. The pillarless hardtop is a staple of muscle car style. Plus, on the 1968 models we see the first hints at the iconic styling touches that would be exaggerated for the '70s 'Cudas like the power bulge in the hood and the wide, narrow rear bodywork. Actually, the fastback model outsold the hardtop coupes like this one in 1968, so there's even a rarity factor here. But above all, the restoration to this Barracuda has created such as laser-straight body that it's superior to anything that was coming out of Chrysler's Hamtramck factory in '68. Still, the first thing that attracts you to this coupe at first sight likely is the staggered stance and the period-correct American Racing Torq Thrust wheels.
The interior is just like the exterior by being subtle and supple, and it would rather let the motor do the aggressive talking. The seats are an elegant white vinyl that's comfortable enough that this full-size Mopar can carry the whole family with dad and mom enjoying the high-back buckets up front. Chrysler stylists in the '60s were at the top of their game. Like the body, it's simple and unadorned, but the detailing and shapes are brilliant. A comprehensive set of gauges are easily visible through the slender steering wheel spokes. Everything looks amazingly original, and everything functions from the heat/defrost controls to the factory AM radio. But if you look towards the end of the center console, there's a hint at what this coupe is really about. Perched right where the driver can see it clearly is a new Autometer tachometer with large readout - a clear sign that there is some major power up front.
Be prepared for shock and awe at plenty of car shows as you lift the hood and display the 440 cubic-inch big block V8 in this exceptionally tidy engine bay. Plymouth would offer the Formula S model with an optional 440 in 1969, but even that car did not have a six-pack like this one. So this custom build is about giving you the setup the factory wouldn't. But this more than just a monster motor with the perfect carburetor setup. This power plant has upgrades that include an MSD ignition, thermo-coated steel 440 crankshaft, 440 Six-Pack connecting rods, '70-71 Six Pack pistons (10.6 to 1 compression), and a Mopar Performance Six-Pack camshaft. It makes one heck of an intimidating rumble out of the H-pipe dual exhaust. This is connected to a modified version of Mopar's stout Torqueflight 727 three-speed automatic. The power is then sent to the Dana 60 Richmond rear end that's running a 3.73 ratio for great takeoffs. But of course power is nothing without control, and so this Barracuda comes with front disc brakes and Goodyear Eagle tires at all four corners.
Cars with a clear purpose for dominating the streets rarely are this easy to live with. But you can pick up this excellent and intimidating Mopar at an affordable price.
- Build Receipts
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Exterior Color
- Sunfire Yellow
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