1965 Plymouth Barracuda's Been Left Out to Dry

1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S for sale (5)

It doesn’t get more fastback than the first generation Plymouth Barracuda. With an acre (actually 14.4 sqft) of fixed curved glass, you could have a decent sized greenhouse going back there…which might be tempting, given the condition of today’s example. However, I contend that under the (substantial) layers of surface grime, there’s a lot of potential for this fish.

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First off, we’re talking about a “Formula S” model, which means it sports a 273ci V8 with 10.5:1 compression and front disc brakes. That goes a long way to distance itself from the hundred-ish horsepower all-drum base modes. Second, it appears to be both complete and fairly non-rusty.

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That said, it’s a non-runner and looks like it probably smells bad inside. This is a car you’d have to trailer home and basically take all the way apart as Step One. Depending on what you find and what the owner’s willing to take (as I write this it’s sitting at $50 with the reserve unmet), you could go in one of two directions: leave everything off, get the motor running and LeMons the hell out of it or paint it and put it back together as a relatively straightforward resto project.

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Also, 5 Hooniverse Points™ to anyone who can guess where Gerber, CA is without looking at a map.

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19 responses to “1965 Plymouth Barracuda's Been Left Out to Dry”

  1. danleym Avatar

    You can also fit a hemi under there…
    <img src="http://www.musclecarcalendar.com/LV75.jpg"&gt;
    You can also do massive wheelies with said hemi:
    <img src="http://cdn.dragzine.com/files/2010/03/2216355715_d4e0334e31.jpg"&gt;

    1. Stu_Rock Avatar

      That "research laboratory" is a lot more awesome than the one I work in.

  2. topdeadcentre Avatar

    If I had a barn converted to a garage, I'd lay down some cash (the reserve shouldn't be too high), trailer it home, and start the 5-year frame-off restoration. It'd be a fun project, not too expensive on the parts, with an unusual and fun car (at least after some upgrades) as a result.
    Sadly, I have a two-car garage built in 1922 when sensible middle-class cars were taller, less long, and narrower than the cars of today, and there's no room in there for what I have now, nevermind trying to undertake a restoration.
    I hope someone decides they like this car…

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      You'd spend the first year trying to figure out how to separate the body from the frame.

      1. topdeadcentre Avatar

        "Total-disassembly pursuit-of-perfection restoration right down to polishing and rebluing the smallest circlips."

  3. TurboBrick Avatar

    I was always taught that a vague answer is always better than a wrong one, so I'm going to say Gerber is in California.
    If you've always wanted to do full taxidermy on an A-body fishmobile, here's your chance. You were going to have to unmount and remount the glass anyways to fix the rust underneath. And if the interior is completely gone then you can replace the carpet and seats with new(er) ones that are not best classified as biohazards.

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    From the condition of the car, I would say that Gerber is in North West Cali.
    Now, my father has a 66 Formula S sitting in his shop. It ran when parked, and before he got one to many projects on his plate. I am very tempted to send this to him, just to watch him squirm.

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    It is true that 1st Gen Barracudas had some scary aerodynamic lift issues at high speed, or is that just an urban legend?
    It certainly does look like a perfect wing cross section in profile.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Clearly you missed Danleym's picture in the first comment.

  6. OA5599 Avatar

    "First off, we’re talking about a “Formula S” model, which means it sports a 273ci V8 with 10.5:1 compression and front disc brakes. That goes a long way to distance itself from the hundred-ish horsepower all-drum base modes. Second, it appears to be both complete and fairly non-rusty"
    The listing says the car has a 318, and the underhood shot clearly shows a blue engine sitting where a red one should be, so this one is a transplant from some later vehicle. The breather and dipsticks are still red, but the 4bbl intake matches the blue of the block and heads–could mean a cop engine or maybe it is really a 360.
    No spark plugs in the holes mean rust and spiders and who knows what else are living in the cylinders. Don't count on just squirting some gas and turning the key.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Good catch on the motor. I forgot Mopar motors are color-coded.
      Seeing the plugs out broke my heart. Why do people do this?

    2. MVEilenstein Avatar

      That said, a squirt of gas is just what the doctor ordered for pest removal.

  7. salguod Avatar

    This brings back memories. Dad had a '65 Barracuda that I grew up riding around in. He, or Mom, drove it daily from new to 1982 when a potato chip truck t-boned it. That big rear window popped out whole, it was gone but not a shard of glass in the rear.
    His was a 273 2bbl with a 4 speed & factory Hurst shifter. Red on red plus a whole lot of rust. That's what you get buying in south Texas with no rust proofing and then moving to NE Ohio within a year.

  8. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Careful out there, this fish could bite you bad.

  9. CptSevere Avatar

    I almost hate to say it, but this is a prime candidate for LeMons. You could probably sell the intact rear window for some pretty good money, and spend that on cheaty engine and suspension bits. Make two of the team members dress up like the Wilson sisters from Heart. There ya go.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      The rear window isn't worth as much as you might think. There aren't enough cars still around that can use them, and most of those still have them intact. Meanwhile, people keep getting tired of the bulky glass taking up valuable storage space. The last couple I've seen were $50 obo, and good luck with getting it home.

    2. Van_Sarockin Avatar


  10. texlenin Avatar

    Young dreams of automotive freedom
    Greasy busted knuckles guide the gliding ride
    Tears like rain on curving glass
    The plan for mine was 360 heads, 340 aluminum intake,
    carter carb backed by a built 727 'Flite,big disks off a C-body
    Monaco and custom torsion bars. Never got that far.

  11. joedunlap Avatar

    There isnt enough Rustoleum on the planet…….

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