SEMA Seen: 4-door 1970 Barracuda

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This 1970 Plymouth Barracuda isn't a couple. It's a four-door but still sleek and stylish | Larry Edsall photos

After a series of show-winning builds, David Walden was looking for a new challenge. He considered a project around a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am he already had, but one day while wandering through the internet he saw a mention of a four-door 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

Of course, there was no such car, but Walden was intrigued by the idea and the challenge it might present to his ECS Automotive Concepts company.

Some additional research uncovered the fact that nearly all of the Detroit automakers did internal sedan concepts of their popular 1960s-vintage coupes, including a Camaro, a Mustang, an AMC Javelin, even a Corvette.

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10 extra inches in length mean legroom in the second row

Walden also found an article written in 2006 by Roger Johnson, a former Chrysler employee-turned-autmotive historian who recalled one day that, while delivering mail within the Highland Park headquarters facility, had seen a four-door 1970 Plymouth Barracuda sitting behind a wall, though only for three days before it disappeared.

Walden contacted Johnson and decided his next project would be to build the drivable, factory-quality (and then some) four-door Barracuda that Plymouth did not.

Note: No real ‘Cudas were harmed in the process. The only part of a factory-produced vehicle used in the build were the B pillars from a 1972 Dodge sedan. Every other part, well, except for the engine and other such components, were special fabricated for the project.

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Nearly every piece of the car was custom fabricated

The four-door Barracuda is on display this week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Although 10 inches longer than the 1970 ‘Cuda coupe, the proportions hold up as though the car were designed in the Chrysler design studio, and the fit and finish are stunning, as is the limo-like legroom for those riding in the back seat.

With its 340cid V8 powerplant, the car is fully drivable, Walden said, and is a comfortable cruiser at highway speeds, and not only for those sitting up front, but for those in the back as well.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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