There seems to have been a trend in the 1960s to name sporty cars after fish. You have the Mako Shark, the Marlin, and my favorite of the aquatic cars, the Barracuda. Something fishy seemed to be going on at Chrysler, GM and AMC at the same time.
Of all the generations of Barracudas that Chrysler built, my favorite is still the first-generation cars with the big, wrap-around rear window that give the car, styled by Chrysler stylist Irv Ritchie, a great fastback silhouette. That dramatic 14.4-square-foot curved rear window was at the time the largest piece of glass ever installed on a production car.
A funny tidbit: some bright spark at Chrysler marketing actually wanted to name the sporty new car Plymouth Panda. Thankfully, the designers fought back and gave it one of the coolest car names of the 1960s, later abbreviated to simply ‘Cuda.
The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda that appears to be a great example of the first year of Barracuda production. Finished in a rare Royal Red factory color with a black interior, it looks like a car that is in great shape and presents very well in pictures in the ad on ClassicCars.com listed by an Annandale, Minnesota, dealer.
This Barracuda is equipped with its factory correct 273cid V8 with a four-barrel carb, giving the coupe more than 200 horsepower. It is also equipped with a rare manual transmission with factory Hurst shifter.
According to the seller, and backed up by the pictures, this car has an immaculate factory black interior, all lights work, the windows operate perfectly, and somehow the factory-original AM radio still works, as does the heater.
The car is riding on period-correct aftermarket Cragar SS mags with newer Firestone RWL tires. The dealer notes that the body and the underside of the car are clean and rust-free.
These first-generation Barracudas are under-the-radar Mopar cars from the ‘60s, and they are a great value for a cool-looking and fun-to-drive automobile. This one is listed for only $21,500, and if it’s as nice as it seems, represents a lot of car for the money.
Who would have thought a car named after a fish could be so cool and affordable at the same time? Now I kind of want one.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.