The Barracuda grows up a little bit. As with the other Chrysler A-bodies, the Barracuda was fully redesigned in 1967. The second-generation Barracuda now had its own body panels and its own range of models including convertibles, fastback and notchback hardtop coupes.
1967 Plymouth Barracuda
The new Barracuda grew to a 108 inches wheelbase. The Barracuda still used a lot of the Plymouth Valiant mechanicals. On the fastback coupe the rear roofline was more streamlined and the back glass was raked at a more horizontal angle. The front and rear bumpers were now identical, with the same license plate indent and mounting bracket. On all Barracudas the use of chrome trim was toned down. To comply with safety regulations, Plymouth removed the sidemarker lights and reflectors. The base engine was the 225 cubic inch slant-6. There were V8 options that ranged from the 273 cubic inch 2-barrel to a 383 cubic inch “B” big-block.
1968 Plymouth Barracuda
The big news in 1968, was the creation of approximately 50 fastback Barracudas equipped with a 426 cubic inch Hemi for Super Stock drag racing. These cars were assembled by Hurst Performance and featured lightweight Chemcor side glass, fiberglass front fenders, and hood with scoop, lightweight seats, and sound deadener and other street equipment such as rear seats omitted. These cars included stickers indicating that they were not for use on public roads. To bad considering they could run a quarter-mile in about 10 seconds, which was outstanding for 1968 standards.
Base model Barracudas still had the slant 6 engine, but the 273 cubic inch engine option was replaced by a 318 cubic inch LA V8. A new 340 cubic inch LA 4-barrel was added to the option list. The 383 cubic inch Super Commando engine was upgraded with the intake manifold, camshaft, and cylinder heads from the Plymouth Road Runner and Super Bee, but with more restrictive exhaust manifolds specific to the A-body cars that limited output to 300 horsepower.
Other changes were minimal, the most curious was the return of round sidemarker lights but without reflectors.
1969 Plymouth Barracuda
Plymouth pushed the performance of the Barracuda. The 383 cubic inch engine was upgraded to increase power output to 330 horsepower. A new 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 was added to the engine choices. A new ‘Cuda package was released. The ‘Cuda, based on the Formula S option, was available with either the 340, 383 and 440 engines.
Also new was a Mod Top option. The Mod Top was a vinyl roof covering with a floral motif. Plymouth sold it as a package with seat and door panel inserts done in the same pattern. The previous year’s sidemarker lights were replaced with rectangular sidemarker reflectors.
A new Barracuda would appear in 1970 based on the Chrysler B-body.
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