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Pick of the Day: ’68 Plymouth Barracuda convertible with pony car charm

The 2nd generation of the sporty Mopar looks to be in fine stock condition

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The second-generation Plymouth Barracuda was a cleanly styled variation of the classic pony-car formula, and while not yet a paragon of performance, it did present a viable Mopar alternative to Mustang and Camaro.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda in what appears to be very good original condition, and as an added incentive, it’s a fairly rare convertible model. 

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This Barracuda is motivated by a 318cid V8, the smallest of the three V8s available that year but still generating a respectable 230 horsepower, and it’s linked with a 3-speed automatic transmission.  Mileage is 87,614, according to the Kansas City, Missouri, dealer advertising the droptop on ClassicCars.com.

Still built on the same architecture as the compact Valiant, the 1967-69 Barracudas had engine compartments that would not accommodate the big-block or Hemi engines that were powering the Mopar muscle cars at that time.  That changed in 1970 with the bigger, wider ‘Cudas and their renowned dragstrip performance.

barracuda, Pick of the Day: ’68 Plymouth Barracuda convertible with pony car charm, ClassicCars.com Journal

But these earlier models were known for their sporty handling and overall drivability, as well as their attractive styling. 

“Before it was the face of American muscle known worldwide, it was a smaller yet still-capable pony car,” the dealer says in the ad. “This yellow with black interior 1968 Barracuda is both classic in looks and performance.”

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The convertible is fully equipped with a power top, power steering and air conditioning, the seller notes, adding that it has had only two owners and stands in ready-to-go condition. 

There’s no information in the ad about restoration history or whether the Barracuda has its original paint and interior, but the photos show that it’s very presentable. None of the photos show the convertible with its top up, however. The seller mentions that the hubcaps are from a ’70 model.

barracuda, Pick of the Day: ’68 Plymouth Barracuda convertible with pony car charm, ClassicCars.com Journal

This appealing Barracuda convertible, looking like a sweet ride for a summer’s evening, is priced at $29,000.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

14 COMMENTS

  1. What a nice looking car…I always liked the side marker lights on the Plymouths from that period…So coooool….

  2. Sorry- the looks were always “off” on this and previous 2 years. A Mopar lover couldn’t see it, but anyone else can. The convertible saves it but still….a memory lane car— not a dream car.

  3. Very nice article and a nice car, I have a ’68 non vert. the smallest V-8 was not the 318 it was a 273 and although rare, these cars( along with the dart) did get big block engines including the hemi. Nice to see writing about these cars, actually the first pony cars that beat the mustang to market in ’64 by two weeks!

  4. Mr. Golfen,
    Glad to see you corrected yourself. When you stated that the 67-69 Barracuda engine compartment would not accept the big block i almost got upset. I had a 68 Formula S 383 in Poly Electric Blue with a 727, 8 3/4 355 gear rear end. Miss that car.

  5. Yeah, Not to mention arguably the 2 quickest cars Detroit ever built back in the day. Both 68s, both 2nd gen Race Hemis, both automatics in À/A SS trim. The ‘Cudas were fastbacks & they both absolutely terrorized the super stock ranks for years.

  6. Sweet cars, performance oriented even with 318, 273 , friend had a 383 4 speed equipped version in 68, weight to horsepower made it a quick.ride, havnt seen.a 440 model, the only Hemi ive seen was the rear engine Hemi.Under Glass wheelie car.

  7. Good article, had 340 6pac 70 challenger t/a 352 rear gear, went over engine, with completion cam cleaned heads @ringed pistons 5.0’s@396’scouden’tcatch me.

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