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Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

The schoolteacher’s special


The Plymouth Barracuda hit the market 16 days before the Ford Mustang, yet we call this class of vehicle “pony car.” A very nice, typical specimen of the second-generation Barracuda, a 1969 fastback, is our Pick of the Day. It is for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Winter Garden, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

Early Mustangs are often referred to as “schoolteacher’s cars,” which is partially true and partially derisive. The Mustang was a marketing tour de force that hit several market-research targets with distinct precision. Here was a car that could be all things to all people, from a sporty second car to a high-revving sports car to, yes, a nice vehicle for the emerging feminine mystique. The 1964 Barracuda, on the other hand, was merely a fastback Valiant, which is why it didn’t capture the imagination of Baby Boomers (if not Mr. and Mrs. Respectable). The Barracuda’s 1967 redesign was a good first step at matching the Mustang’s prowess, as the Barracuda was now available as a coupe and convertible in addition to the original fastback. Chrysler’s famous Slant Six was for the economy-minded, while the 273 small-block was the entry-level V8, to be superseded by the new 318 when it debuted in 1968. Performance options included the 340, 383, and 440 through 1969.

Unlike the Mustang, the most popular body style for the Barracuda was the fastback. However, by 1969, the Barracuda’s sales had taken several hits from a crowded pony car market that included entries from American Motors, Mercury, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. Would you believe only 17,788 Barracuda fastbacks were built in 1969? That pales in comparison to Mustang production. Most Barracuda fastbacks were V8s, but 1,830 U.S.-spec featured the 225ci “Leaning Tower of Power” and, of those, 315 had the standard three-speed manual like this 1969 Barracuda fastback.

It is painted “T3” Honey Bronze metallic and is trimmed inside with the deluxe “D6T” Saddle Tan bucket seat interior (that was part of the “A86” Interior Decor Group). Other born-with options include “M31” Body Side Belt moldings, “R11” Solid State AM radio, and “V78” deleted painted longitudinal pinstripe.

The seller claims this 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback has had the same owner since 1980 and features one repaint. “Runs good enough to be a daily driver.” And that’s what’s so attractive about this vehicle: it’s a choice pony car that’s easy on gas and can be enjoyed going back and forth to school Monday through Friday. In fact, your pupils will be impressed with you and the car and — best of all — at $24,969, it’s affordable on a teacher’s salary.

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

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 the Southwest.


  1. Same comments as all above. I owned a 68 fastback 340S w/4 speed which I (old story!) should have never sold during the 2nd Carter gas crisis. But it is a good looker, if a wheezer, at 15-16K. BTW, the “S” package included many suspension improvements as well as only available w the 340 or 383.

  2. I don’t agree with either John, rare car …..high asking price but it is being sold by a dealer who are always on the premium price end of the spectrum because that is how they make money. Worth $20K if body is solid even with a 6 cyl. ….Mopars are known for being rust buckets as well if not from a dry region ….

  3. Mark, if as you say it’s worth 20K, and they’re asking 25K, then for all practical purposes you actually agree with both Johns.

  4. And dropping in a 340 or even a 318 into this 6-cl car without much upgrading to suspension (springs & shocks, antiroll, maybe some bracing, etc.) rear end, clutch & transmission (unless a suitable 727 Torqueflite if you want automatic) and brakes would not be a real good idea IMHO.

  5. I wouldn’t have thought of it as a schoolteachers’s car except that my 4th grader teacher drove a ‘64 mustang 😉


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