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Barracuda to Make a Comeback

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On: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:39AM | By: Gary P Garry

Barracuda to Make a Comeback

When I was growing up in 1960s and ‘70s, the Plymouth automotive brand was as well known as any other American car. Plymouth was a division of Chrysler, and it was intended to provide lower-end buyers with affordable transportation.

As it turns out, the division was established at the ideal time. Plymouth started churning out cars in 1928, and in 1929 the stock market crashed. This led to the Great Depression, a period when would-be car buyers were strapped for cash.

The higher-priced Chrysler was out of reach for most, but the Plymouth was an alternative, and many observers feel as though the division kept Chrysler alive during those difficult times. Plymouth stayed around for the rest of the twentieth century, but the division went out of business in 2001.

One very historic Plymouth that has always been sought-after by collectors of classic cars from the heyday of the American muscle car era is the Plymouth Barracuda. The first Barracuda was released in 1964, and it is considered to be a pony car. Many people think that the Ford Mustang was the first pony car, but, in fact, Plymouth introduced the Barracuda on April 1stof 1964, two weeks prior to the release of the Mustang.

During that initial 1964 model year, the only body style available was the two-door fastback coupe. There were three different engine options offered, and most powerful one was a brand new Chrysler innovation, the 180-horsepower, 273 cubic inch LA V8. The package came with a two-barrel carburetor, and the odd push-button control of the Torqueflite automatic transmission was an available option.

The base price for the 1964 Plymouth Barracuda was $2512, and if you had one in good shape today, you could probably get about 700 percent on your investment.

The company produced the Barracuda through the 1974 model year, and that was that, but there is some big news trending in automotive circles right around now. It turns out that Chrysler is going to bring the car back as a Dodge, and it will be offered as a convertible based on the Alfa Romeo Guilia.

This is great news to me, because I am a huge fan of classic American muscle cars, and the Barracuda is legendary. Cars like the Mustang, the Camaro, the Charger, and the Challenger are already making a huge impact, and the Barracuda will certainly add some panache to the mix.


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