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1968 Plymouth Barracuda Coupe

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Transmission: AUTOMATIC - 727
Convertible: N/A
Advert No: 081363


Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 16th – 20th, 2013 at Russo and Steele''s 13th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.The second-generation Barracuda, now a 108 in wheelbase A-body, still sharing many components with the Valiant, was fully redesigned with Barracuda-specific sheet metal styling and its own range of models including convertibles as well as fastback and notchback hardtops. The new Barracuda was styled chiefly by John E. Herlitz and John Samsen. It was less rectilinear than the Valiant, with coke-bottle side contours and heavily revised front and rear end styling. Design cues included a concave rear deck panel, wider wheel openings, curved side glass, and S-curved roof pillars on the notchback. The rear portion of the roof on the fastback coupe was more streamlined, and the back glass, raked at a substantially horizontal angle, was much smaller compared with that of the previous model. Also, the use of chrome trim on the external sheet metal was more restrained. During this time frame the first U.S. Federal auto safety standards were phased in, and Chrysler''s response to the introduction of each phase distinguishes each model year of the second-generation Barracuda.In 1968 Plymouth prepared 50 special Barracudas for Superstock racing under the B029 tag. These all featured the potent HEMI engine as part of a high-performance package. They were intended for some of the best Super Stock teams including Sox & Martin. The cars were built at the Hamtramck plant in Michigan along with the HEMI Darts. The steel bodies were stock but had seam sealer, sound deadening and insulation removed. The cars were finished in a grey primer with front panels made of fibreglass painted in black. A functional air scoop was included on the hood. All interiors were very basic. Finished in a standard black upholstery, the heater and radio were deleted from the build. The front seats were replaced by lightweight Bostom Companion buckets which the rear seat was completely removed and replaced by a cardboard panel. Lighter glass was fitted as was a smaller 135-amp battery in the trunk. Chassis modifications were limited to Super Stock rear springs and heavy-duty shock absorbers. The steel wheels were painted black. The 426 HEMI engine was fitted to a A833 standard tranmission case with modified Super Stock internals. This was attached to a Hurst Competition Plus floor shifter. Offered for auction is a 1968 B029 original Hurst Hemi Super Stock Plymouth Barracuda that is one of only 55 produced. It has been documented by Dell Jones to be the "Last Car" built as a factory race car in 1968. It was raced by Eddie Smith, known as the "West Virginia Hemi" and known as the best appearing and one of the fastest cars at the track. This car is immaculate in every respect. The engine was rebuilt by Jim Hale, a well known drag racer for the past 40 years and who still campaigns Hemi Super Stock cars today. This car has the best of everything and has competed in several Super Stock Hemi shootouts at the NHRA Nationals, the Dutch Classic and Sport Nationals. This car has an NHRA certified chassis, automatic racing transmission, race converter, Precision Performance shifter, 9" Ford rear end, Lamb brakes, Mark Williams axles, Weld Racing wheels, Magnaflow fuel pump and Autometer gauges. This car is perfect in every respect. It is authentic and certainly one of the nicest cars in the country.

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