The Barracuda was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. The first-generation Barracuda, a fastback A-body coupe based on the Plymouth Valiant, had a distinctive wraparound back glass and was available from 1964 to 1966. The second-generation 1967 – 1969 Barracuda, though still Valiant-based, was heavily redesigned. Second-generation A-body cars were available in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions. The 1970 – 1974 E-body Barracuda, no longer Valiant-based, was available as a coupe and a convertible, both of which were very different from the previous models.
The 1970s were the hey-days for the ‘Cuda. Sleek styling lines and large engines were all the rage. New radical paint schemes made for some unusual “high impact” colors such as “Vitamin C”, “In-Violet”, and “Moulin Rouge”.
In the 1975 model year the Barracuda was cut from production. Due to a rapidly changing automotive market, the concepts were scrapped and the 1975 Barracuda was scrapped. The U.S. government emissions standards set the stage. The whole ’75 ‘Cuda story is here.
A legend in its time, the Barracuda will remain one of the classic muscle cars that history will touch upon when the story is retold.
We have a great Barracuda gallery coming up next.
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