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Pick of the Day: Restomodded 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda

More than just slang

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When Plymouth introduced the Road Runner in 1968, it took the industry by storm, changing the tide of the performance wars. By 1969, its influence could be felt through the furthest reaches of Detroit … as well as Hammtramck itself as Plymouth now was applying the Road Runner formula to the Barracuda. This interesting tidbit is but one good reason why this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda is our Pick of the Day. It is for sale on ClassicCars.com by a consignment shop in southeastern Pennsylvania. (Click the link to view the listing)

Since 1965, the Formula S carried the performance torch for the Barracuda. That package was still available in 1969, but the new ‘Cuda package was more econo-racer like the Road Runner. Visually, it differentiated itself from the Formula S thanks to non-functional hood scoops complemented by broad black stripes, which were matched by black longitudinal stripes along the lower part of both sides. Other ‘Cuda features included black grille, dual chrome exhaust tips, heavy-duty suspension and shock absorbers, E70 x 14 x 9-inch redline tires, and vinyl bench seat.

Aside from the identifying scoops, striping and plain interior, the ‘Cuda package was almost identical to the Formula S. Both were available with the 275-horsepower 340 or 330-horse 383, but only the ‘Cuda was available with 440 that was introduced in the middle of the model year. Additionally, the ‘Cuda package was only available on the fastback or coupe, while the Formula S’s availability also included the convertible.

Admittedly, this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda on ClassicCars.com is a ‘Cuda clone. Look at the VIN and fender tag and you’ll see that it was built as a Scorch Red (R6) Slant Six coupe with a Deluxe white bucket seat interior with red components — quite a nice combination though, along the way, someone changed the interior to the standard red buckets. More transformations can be found elsewhere including a modern 6.1-liter Hemi V8 from a 2010 Charger. “A BBK throttle body provides the oxygen to the Warhart Customs custom-built intake manifold,” says the seller. “EFI Source handles the fuel and electronics management for the engine,” he adds, with a Ron Francis Wiring 24/7 Access system keeping the upgrade reliable. An A727 TorqueFlite automatic and 8¾-inch rear with Auburn Trutrac differential and 3.55 gears are responsible for putting the horses on the road. Subframe connectors have been installed, and “Wilwood provides the disc brakes on the front and back,” with an RMS coil-over system (including rear triangulated 4-bar suspension) replacing the original suspension. “Of extra note is the power rack and pinion steering and the gold race-style deep sump oil pan.”

With an old look outside and a new look underneath, this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda may be the answer to those who find themselves wanting something vintage yet spoiled by the charms of modern machinery. If you have $74,900, then maybe it’s time to spoil yourself.

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

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Actually, this is a Barracuda. The monicker ‘Cuda didn’t appear until 1970, in the high performance versions of the “Barracudas”. I understand that this is a restomod, but it doesn’t deserve the name ‘Cuda

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