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Early Barracudas represent not only somewhat of a bargain, but they're also a great way to stand out in a crowd. Everyone focuses on the later models, but cars like this 1968 Barracuda convertible are fast V8 fun that doesn't cost a fortune.
Triple black convertibles always look good, and the trim proportions of the second-generation Barracuda make it look lighter and more agile than the later cars and more like, say, an early Mustang. The black paint was refinished some years ago and is showing some signs of age today, but I'm not so sure I'd invest in another restoration – I'd just go out and drive! No, it's not perfect, but it also means you won't worry endlessly about keeping that black paint perfectly buffed, because if you've ever owned a black car, you know it can be a nerve-wracking experience if you insist on perfection. Instead, this one has a nice look to it that will get plenty of attention, but doesn't need the kind of fussing that trailer queens do. Even as a convertible, the doors still fit well and that might be one of the coolest factory hoods in history - and that's saying something considering this is Mopar we're talking about! You can see the familial resemblance in the front end, which carried forward into the third-gen cars, and the chrome remains in very good shape, from the simple bumpers to the shiny tail panel trim that defines these cars.
Chrysler didn't mess around when it came to the Barracuda's interior, giving it a sporty demeanor that includes bucket seats and a console. The upholstery has to have been restored at some point, it's just too nice to be 45 years old, with seats that look quite fresh and have no splits or tears. The slick center console is Mopar styling at its best with a familiar shifter knob for the TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic. The original instrumentation includes all the major vitals in three pods ahead of the driver, all framed by one of the last horn rings on the market. Cruising is easier with an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit stashed in the glove box, a nice feature because the original AM radio is such a unique design and it was smart to keep it in the dash for an OEM look. A black power convertible top fits well and hides under a matching black boot, while the trunk is neatly finished with a new mat.
The 318 cubic inch V8 was a new addition to the 1968 Barracuda and it's the perfect powerplant for the compact pony car. This one was borrowed from a 1970 model, but they all look the same and with a few select upgrades like an Edelbrock carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, and those gorgeous finned aluminum valve covers, it looks like the right motor for the job. A newer serpentine belt drive system runs the accessories while a dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers gives it a snarl that will be respected on the street. The underside of the car is original but impressively clean and shows some new components like the gas tank and shocks. Rallye wheels with fat 235/60/14 BFG radials round out the purposeful look.
Not a perfect car, but a fun cruiser with a top that goes down and a very reasonable price. Great colors and a V8 soundtrack don't hurt, either, so call today!
- AM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Convertible Top
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Vinyl Interior
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