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Super Rare: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Emerges with Numbers-Matching V8.

Even though the Ford Mustang is often referred to as the first pony car, the Barracuda actually debuted a couple of weeks earlier in 1964. But unlike the Mustang, the Barracuda was offered with just one V8 option on top of the standard slant-six mill. And that didn’t change until Dodge redesigned the car for 1967.

The 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) big-block appeared in the lineup that year, joined by the legendary 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi in 1968. This year also saw the base slant-six replaced with a 318-cubic-inch (5.2-liter) V8. In 1969, Dodge made one final move and added the 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) Super Commando V8.

On top of that, Plymouth redesigned both the notchback and fastback body styles into sportier-looking coupes. While not as aggressive as the third-gen model that came in 1970, the second-gen ‘Cuda was more streamlined and dropped the massive wraparound rear window of its predecessor. More importantly, Plymouth added a convertible to the lineup.

The black drop-top you’re about to see below stands as proof that the second-gen Barracuda looked both sporty and stylish. But it’s also a solid example that a classic Mopar doesn’t need a Hemi V8 to become rare.

The Barracuda is also a numbers-matching car that comes with a few factory extras, like a Decor Package interior, AM/FM radio, and front disc brakes. The shiny exterior is the result of a thorough restoration, so this ‘Cuda looks just like it did when it left the factory in late 1968.

See it shine in the walkaround below, which also includes the soundtrack of its idling 318 V8.


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