1970 Plymouth Baracuda 440/6 "Pre-Production" Coupe
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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 19th – 21st, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 2nd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information. While Chrysler’s Plymouth Division beat Ford to market with its Barracuda fastback for 1964, design on a new Barracuda and Dodge stablemate commenced as early as 1965, with styling led by Chrysler designer John Herlitz and refined by Carl Cameron. Launched in late 1969 for 1970, the Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger arrived just in time for the final days of the American ‘supercar’ era. However, they formed one critical component of Chrysler’s two-pronged performance strategy, with the Barracuda and Challenger taking the upper market while the new Plymouth Duster and Dodge Demon plus Dodge’s Dart covering the entry level and up. Performance fans needed just one look under the hood of the new Barracuda and Challenger to confirm their ability to easily accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range from thrifty Slant Sixes all the way up to two versions of the 440 and the brutal race-oriented 426 Street Hemi. While the new Barracuda offered a classy, GT-themed experience in standard and luxury Gran Coupe guise, performance-minded buyers opted for the ‘Cuda. Externally distinguished by a revised rear treatment, the ‘Cuda carried a standard 383 cubic-inch stick, while the 440 big-block was optional in both 4-barrel and Six Pack triple-carb forms, with 375 and 390 rated horsepower respectively. The Street Hemi occupied the top tier. Both 440- and Hemi-powered cars were equipped with standard high-performance underpinnings including carefully selected rear leaf springs at no additional cost. Hip buyers avoided the expensive, fussy, and weighty Hemi and opted instead for the 440 Six-Pack ‘Cuda, which offered comparable, storming performance and easier maintenance. Listed in Galen Govier’s Chrysler Registry and accompanied by a fender-tag decoding document, this 1970 Plymouth 440 6-Pack ‘Cuda features a laser-straight body and retains most of the original metal including the radiator support, cowl panel, VIN plate, and factory-original fender tag. In addition, with its low VIN and early build date, this vehicle is believed to be one of the earliest 6-Pack ‘Cuda coupes produced[NF1] . A complete nut-and-bolt professional restoration, the ‘Cuda was restored using NOS parts, and all major mechanical components were rebuilt to factory specifications. Powered by a correct date-coded 440 HP 6-Pack engine equipped with the extremely hard-to-find factory-correct carburetors and exhaust manifolds, this ‘Cuda retains the original matching numbers 4-speed manual transmission and factory-original Dana rear end with 3.54:1 factory gears. The interior retains the original panels and all electrical components are in proper working order. Only test miles have been driven since the restoration was completed and the ‘Cuda is offered in proper running condition as one of the finest examples of this legendary musclecar available today.