1968 Plymouth Barracuda
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SUMMARY</p>5-year $225K build completed in 2014 / Only driven 63 miles572 cubic inch Ray Barton Hemi / Dual-quad induction / 850 horsepowerTremec T56 Tranzilla 6-speed manual transmission / RAM Hydraulic clutchCustom leather interior / NHRA-certified chromoly roll cage / Air conditioningRust-free body before the build / Fiberglass hood and fenders added during the buildStrange 9-inch rear axleHeavily upgraded suspensionPower rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel disc brakes17 and 18-inch American Racing Torq Thrust II wheelsLarge-diameter exhaust / SpinTech mufflers<p>Ask the average enthusiast to name a pony car and most will inevitably say Mustang or Camaro. Ask a MoPar guy that same question and youll hear a proud recitation of the history of the Plymouth Barracuda. Publicly available two full weeks before the Mustang the Barracuda did everything just as well yet managed to significantly lag both Ford and GM in sales volume. But big sales numbers arent everything. And in the world of collector cars less usually translates to more as in: more passion more value and more exclusivity. Take this incredible second gen Barracuda fastback for example. The product of a 5-year $225K build it backs 572 cubic inches of Ray Barton Hemi with custom leather upholstery a substantially lightened body a custom suspension and a tough Tremec Tranzilla 6-speed. If youre a discerning enthusiast whos looking to satisfy an unrelenting need to go fast and make a big statement heres the catch of a lifetime!</p><p>BODYWORK/TRIM</p><p>First impressions are important and this sinister Barracuda certainly makes a strong one. For starters Plymouth did a great job whittling the Valiants conservative shape into a provocative and interesting profile that lends credibility to the cars name. That profile a completely rust-free body that was sourced from South Carolina was stripped to bare metal and equipped with a quality fiberglass front-clip during a 2014 ground-up restoration that was completed by Americus Georgias Bryce Customs. Once those surfaces were fully prepped and carefully aligned a nice coat of conventional black base was sealed under glossy clear. And today a mere 63 miles later this sweet A-Body can be summed up as tasteful precise and timeless.</p><p>Although it continued to share many components with Plymouths most economical offering the second generation Barracuda was fully redesigned with model-specific accoutrements that provided an upscale and aggressive appearance. At the front of this coupe stainless-trimmed grilles inspired by inverted trapezoids hang crystal clear parking lamps between a polished bumper and bright Harley-Davidson headlights. Behind those grilles a fiberglass hood anchors small lanyards and a requisite Hemi Scoop in front of stainless-trimmed glass thats founded on a filled wiperless cowl. At the sides of that glass a clean profile complete with fiberglass fenders is devoid of everything but door handles a drivers mirror a polished fuel filler and ornate rear marker lamps. And at the back of the car a shaved and silver-trimmed valence hangs petite taillights above a second polished bumper and a custom roll pan that features integrated exhaust tips.</p><p>ENGINE</p><p>With an incredible 850 horsepower and enough torque to drag the Chrysler Building from New York to New Jersey this Plymouths 572 cubic inch Ray Barton Hemi is a high-octane MoPar monster that easily transitions from flattering to flat out scary! Inside the aforementioned scoop a polished low-profile air cleaner feeds two Holley carburetors which send a nice mix of fuel and air in to an aluminum cross-ram intake. At the sides of that intake free-breathing heads bridge the gap between unique Barton Bryce valve covers that are fitted with billet Moroso breathers and hot FireCore50 ignition cables that are connected to an MSD Pro-Billet distributor. At the front of that distributor a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine drive spins a polished alternator an
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