Hooniverse Fastback Friday – A School of Early Plymouth Barracudas


Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Fastback Friday. Each time I’ve done this feature there has been a couple of suggestions for me to do a posting featuring early glass back Barracudas. Well, its time to discover those early Plymouths, but instead of one, how about a school of Barracudas?


Let’s start with this very affordable 1964 Plymouth Barracuda, with a transplanted 318 CID V-8, automatic transmission, bucket seats, fold down rear seat, and floor shifter. This is the first year of production, and the dealer says it runs good. The dealership is in Tennessee, and the asking price for this fish is $6,950. See the listing here.

From the state of Massachusetts comes this 1965 Plymouth Barracuda S, with a 273 CID V-8, Automatic, aftermarket wheels, and a rather nice interior. This one is a bit more expensive than the ’64 model, but it seems to be worth it because if the condition. Asking price is $13,500. See the Hemmings listing here.

Our next Barracuda is this great looking 1966 Barracuda Formula S. This car is equipped with the 273 CID V-8 (incorrectly stated as 273HP in the ad), but this car has the more desirable 4-speed stick. Great looking with the stock wheels and original interior, with the exception of the crappy aftermarket gauges and modern stereo unit. This car is sweet with an asking price of $12,500. See the listing here.

Here is my favorite Barracuda of the bunch. It’s a 1968 Barracuda with the Formula S trim. It wears the new styling well, finished in all white with a white interior. There is over 51 images in this particular listing, but that’s not the fun part. This car has the Slant Six under the hood, making this car a true survivor. There isn’t many six cylinder Barracudas left, with the tower-of-power usually yanked out for a more aggressive V-8. The only problem with this car is that its advertised as a car crying out to have a Hemi installed. Asking price for this Slant Six Barracuda? $13,900. See the listing here.

The last Barracuda is this 1969 Fastback. This is an actual 340, with the F5 Limelight Green Metallic with black side stripes, white interior, and RedLine Wide Ovals. It also has Factory Air Conditioning, split bench seat, and column shift Automatic. It looks perfect with the Dog Dish hubcaps, and the dealer states that this was a frame-off restoration (even though there isn’t a frame to begin with!). Asking price for this beautiful car? $28,000. See the listing here.

Are any of these early fishes lustworthy enough to get you hooked? Or do think they just smell as bad as the neighborhood fish market? Let me know what you think.

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  1. joe_bloe Avatar
    joe_bloe

    I'm THIS far away from taking a trip to Tennessee…

  2. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    While the '64-'66 Barracudas were pleasant looking, there was still a little too much Valiant in the styling. The '67-'68 cars, on the other hand, were gorgeous as fastbacks – among the best looking cars of the late '60s. The white '68 is my favorite in terms of looks, but too bad it only has the Slant Six and auto. While I'd love to have a 340 Barracuda, this green '68 doesn't make it for me. It's the wrong color, I don't like the stripe, there's an auto, and while dog dishes might work on a muscle car, they look out of place on this slick, Italianate ponycar. The white car has nicer wheels. So out of this particular bunch, the best buy appears to be the '66.

    1. CJinSD Avatar
      CJinSD

      I like the 340, but with a bench seat and an automatic, the driving experience is too Valiant. Everything you see and touch from the driver's seat is pure Valiant. It isn't an all bad thing, but it isn't a $28,000 thing in my opinion either. Especially since I sold my Scamp for $200.

  3. scroggzilla Avatar
    scroggzilla

    The 68 slant-six + some tasty items from Clifford Performance = WIN!

    1. CptSevere Avatar

      My sentiments exactly.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      6 = 8, baby!

  4. chrystlubitshi Avatar
    chrystlubitshi

    awesome. love this. thank you Jim.
    I (personally) love the glass backs more than any of the others– i like the notch-back look on the 67+

  5. LTDScott Avatar

    Ooooh.

  6. SSurfer321 Avatar
    SSurfer321

    I'm a sucker for a flat black hood.
    These are all great affordable finds Jim. Great job!

  7. BGW Avatar
    BGW

    My usual route to the grocery store takes me past a street-parked red '68 or'69. It's just-rough-enough, clearly driven frequently and entirely droolworthy. One of these days I'll actually have a camera with me.

  8. highmileage_v1 Avatar
    highmileage_v1

    I like the '68 but I think I would want to protect it too much. The '64 would be a great summertime commuter. Nice.

  9. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    While I love Rallye wheels, I'm not a huge fan of retrofitting them onto 60's cars, but it appears several of the owners of these cars don't feel the same.

  10. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Bent six for me, please. I'll bet it sounds delicious.

    1. scroggzilla Avatar
      scroggzilla

      With the right bits added, very much so.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpiGaiPPbT8&fe

    2. CJinSD Avatar
      CJinSD

      I'm pretty sure that a bent 6 is a V6 while a slant 6 is an inline 6 tilted to the side to allow a low hoodline.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        You'd be right there. I don't know what I was thinking.

  11. dukeisduke Avatar
    dukeisduke

    I'd have to go with the Slant Six car. As a kid back in '69 I got to ride around in one of these (it was even white!), while the driver engaged in some hoonish driving. The car was a Slant Six with a three-speed (the guy said it was his girlfriend's car). The guy was interested in buying the non-running '52 Packard 250 (bad Ultramatic) that had sat in our garage for four years, taking up the space that would soon be occupied by our '66 Rambler American 440.
    Alas, he couldn't get it to start, and we ended up selling the Packard for $25 to another guy who said he wanted to restore it. The thing that I remember most about the Barracuda was being able to look all the way back from the back seat into the trunk and see the backs of the taillights (he had the bulkhead folded down).

  12. mad_science Avatar
    mad_science

    Love love love the early 'Cudas, both generations.
    There were on my list, but the Falcon popped up first.

  13. jjd241 Avatar
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