Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #65

It would have been more fitting to include this car on the last numerical round, as 1964 was not only the first year for the Mustang, but also for today's car:


1965 Plymouth Barracuda.

However, given that '65 saw the first year a special package (the "Formula S") offered for the 'Cuda (believe it or not, it was introduced with a 170 cubic inch (2.8L for our metric friends). Horsepower was increased from the anemic 180 in the 4.5L V8 to 235, a more respectable figure (although nowhere near the numbers achieved with the 383, 426, or 440 cubic inch plants put in the later 'Cudas).

Most folks think of the '69 and '70 Barracudas, although that style remained until 1974. Gas crises and the rise of the Asian import helped bring about the end of the muscle car, and with it the end of the Barracuda. As gas lines snaked around the block, even the staunchest of pro-American drivers started looking at cars that got better than single-digit gas mileage.

Such is life in Detroit...

That is all.

6 comments:

harp1034 said...

I had a 1967 Dodge Dart GT with a 273 C.I., 235 HP, 4 barrel carb , and 4 speed trans. It was a great little car. I could out run every stock 289 Mustang in town.

Tony Tsquared said...

When I was a senior in high school in 78-79 I had a dark green '71 Cuda with the 4v 440. It got 8 MPG - it was a good thing we had a gas pump on the farm. Scary fast in a strait line. It had extreme over-steer and cornered almost as good as a VW Microbus.

Angus McThag said...

Barrafishtank!

Old NFO said...

Yep, but one of those with a 383 stuffed in it would s**t and get!!! :-)

DJ9 said...

Nowadays, they're using that car's rear window glass for front window glass (shape-wise, at least; I know the glass type/makeup is different).

Times, they do change...

Anonymous said...

Got thoroughly thumped by a 235 hp Barracuda in my first street drag race. Ended up with a 65 Valiant (same basic car) and hot rodded the 273. Pretty quick little car and fooled several factory muscle cars into losing to me.