1965 Plymouth Barracuda - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Perfect for the Valiant collector

1965 Plymouth Barracuda - today's tempter
1965 Plymouth Barracuda

If the development budget had been just a little bigger, this car may have been a fierce competitor for Ford's Mustang.

Released two weeks before its more famous rival in 1964, it was based on a very similar idea: take a budget compact car platform and turn it into a youth-market coupe.

In Ford's case, this was done with the early Falcon, while Chrysler used the Valiant platform.

Where the two differ is the Mustang scored completely new sheet metal, while the Barracuda retained much of the front section of its host USA model.

It did however receive what was then said to be the biggest rear windscreen on a production car. The giant curved sheet was developed with the help of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, aka PPG.

Initially the engine choices were a 2.8lt (170ci) or 3.7lt (225ci) slant six, and the 4.5lt (273ci) LA V8. By 1965 the bigger six became the base offering.

There was a hotted-up version of this generation, using the Commando version of the V8, good for 235hp. Called the Formula S, it had upgraded suspension and wheels, plus a tachometer.

Sales in the first (1964) model year were about a fifth of the Mustang.

This 1965 example should be running the 225 version of the slant six and the owner mentions the 904 Torqueflite transmission. It's sitting on 15x6 Superlite rims.

Located in Ipswich, Queensland, it's priced at $27,500 and would make a pretty interesting shed companion for anyone who owned an AP6 Valiant sedan.

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