1970 Plymouth ʻCuda

Automotive trends in the early to mid 1960ʼs had all U.S. manufacturers looking at making sporty, two door cars. The cars had common design themes such as a long hood, short trunk and a variety of engines and although it was Ford that captured the sales record and coined the vernacular “pony car” term, they werenʼt the first to market. The Plymouth Barracuda beat the Ford Mustang to market by two weeks.

• Plymouth Barracuda (April 1, 1964) • Ford Mustang (April 17, 1964) • Rambler Marlin (March 19, 1965) • Chevrolet Camaro (September 29, 1966) • Pontiac Firebird (September 29, 1966)

The Barracuda was originally a variant of the Plymouth Valiant but as the car gained popularity, it received its own unique sheet metal. The third generation styling, such as this one, is the first time the car was based on its own design and was able to shake the stigma of an “economy car.”

It did undergo a little platform sharing with its Dodge cousin, the Challenger, but to further distance itself from competition and place the Barracuda in a class by itself, the factory offered some optional colors which got the industry talking. Colors such as Lime Light, Bahama Yellow, Tor Red, Lemon Twist, Curious Yellow, Vitamin C, In-Violet, Sassy Grass and Moulin Rouge. Additionally, Barracudas were further classified into performance models, called ʻCudas and featured five different V8ʼs, including the 340, 383, 440, 440+6 and the famous 426 Hemi. Barracudas came with a flat hood while ʻCudas came with dual hood scoops.

This car is an excellent example and includes the desirable 440 cubic inch engine (7.2 L) with a 6 barrel carb and Shaker hood. Prices for these cars have been increasing due to low production volume when new. Remaining cars of any condition are rare.

Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1970
Make: Plymouth
Model: 'Cuda
Style: 2 door
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: 8
Engine Size: 440 cubic inch
Engine HP: 90
Trans: 3 speed manual

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