In the pony car wars, it would be a mistake to overlook the Plymouth Barracuda, whose stunning fastback styling makes it a dramatic alternative to the usual Mustangs and Camaros you see all over the place. With a numbers-matching 383 inch big block, 4-speed transmission, and a first-rate restoration, this relatively rare Barracuda Formula S is a fantastic choice if you''re the kind who likes to color a bit outside the lines. Mist Green Metallic is a subtle color on a muscle car, and while later Mopars were not noted for their subtlety, the Barracuda prefers to let the dramatic shape do most of the talking. Old school Mopars have an appeal all their own, as Chrysler forged a different path and created a large group of enthusiasts because of it. Doors fit nicely, the hood offers cool chrome inserts that give it a high-performance look without being the usual aftermarket add-on, and the fastback shape has styling cues that have resonated with Mopar for decades. The finish work is professional grade throughout, with an impressive shine on the paint that belies its reasonable price, and thanks to the ministrations of restorer John Owens, it''s extremely correct. Clean, simple lines inside give the Barracuda an understated style, augmented by a set of bucket seats covered in reproduction seat covers that are exactly like the originals. Auxiliary gauges under the dash plus a column-mounted tach keep a closer eye on the engine bay, and the shifter falls to hand easily so you''ll never miss a shift again. New carpets, crisply rendered door panels, and a fresh dash pad make it feel new inside, and the doors close with a solid sound, not a hollow rattle like on lesser cars. The back seat has probably not been used since the restoration was completed and folds down to create a massive cargo bay that makes the Barracuda a practical piece of muscle. And in the interest of authenticity, it even includes the original Music Master AM radio in the dash, distinctive vertical knobs and all. The trunk is a showplace for the solid floors and thoroughness of the restoration, with every square inch painted and finished and ready to go. The original, numbers-matching 383 cubic inch V8 was the top engine in the 1968 Barracuda, and with not a lot of weight to haul around, performance is impressive. With a modern Edelbrock 4-barrel up top (the original is included with the car), the engine bay is otherwise quite stock. There''s a crinkle-finish air cleaner, chrome valve covers, and those trick exhaust manifolds that are uniquely Chrysler. Rebuilt by Warren Barnett of Barnett Performance, it has less than 1000 miles on it, so it has been broken-in but not abused. The 4-speed feels robust so feel free to bang a few gears, and with 3.23 gears out back, it is an easy cruiser on the highway, burbling happily through a Magnaflow stainless dual exhaust system. Stopping power is aided with front disc brakes, and painted steel wheels with poverty caps and E70-14 redline tires add the right period rolling stock to complete the look. Given the skyrocketing values of the later ''Cudas, this Formula S with a big block and matching-numbers can safely be called a safe investment. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.