Ply­mouth Bar­racuda

ENGINE 4492cc/V8/OHV POWER 235bhp@5200rpm TORQUE 280lb ft@2800rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 118mph 0-60MPH 8.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-22mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed auto MoT June 2018 ODOME­TER 31,000 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -


The car starts on the first turn of the key with­out any help from the man­ual choke and it idles well with a lovely V8 bur­ble. The small block V8 isn’t the quick­est, but pulls well and sounds fan­tas­tic, al­though there is a slight tap­ping noise com­ing from un­der the bon­net and some mi­nor pop­ping from the ex­haust on the over­run. The au­to­matic gear­box works well and moves through the gears smoothly. The steer­ing has a lit­tle play but this would be a rel­a­tively easy fix. The brakes need a firm foot but pro­vide ad­e­quate stop­ping power, with no juddering or pulling to ei­ther side, though the park­ing brake doesn’t en­gage. It’s great in a straight line and an ex­cel­lent cruiser, but fares sur­pris­ingly well in the cor­ners too, hold­ing the road with lit­tle body roll.


Hav­ing had a four-year, $40,000 restora­tion com­pleted in 2010, the Viper Red paint­work is beau­ti­ful and all ex­te­rior trim is ei­ther new or pol­ished. All pan­els are straight and there is no rust. The cor­rect spec­i­fi­ca­tion Ply­mouth Rally wheels are spot­less and the BF Goodrich ra­dial tyres – com­plete with cool raised white let­ter­ing – fin­ish off the clas­sic mus­cle car look, but there is no spare wheel. The un­der­side looks solid and tidy with no ev­i­dence of any re­paired dam­age or weld­ing.


The seats have been re­cov­ered in Pearl White by New York in­te­rior spe­cial­ist, Leg­endary Auto In­te­ri­ors, and the head­lin­ing has been re­placed. The rest of the in­te­rior trim – in­clud­ing the car­pets and door cards – is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and there are no cracks in the dash­board. The stan­dard in­stru­ments work cor­rectly, as do the three ad­di­tional gauges for engine tem­per­a­ture, bat­tery volt­age and oil pres­sure. The stereo is a mod­ern af­ter­mar­ket unit, but the orig­i­nal in-dash unit is still fit­ted to the car.


The engine and engine bay have been well main­tained and the area un­der the bon­net is ex­tremely tidy. The engine it­self ben­e­fits from some taste­ful mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing an Edel­brock in­let manifold, cam cov­ers and air cleaner and there’s no ev­i­dence of leaks or worn parts. In ad­di­tion to a four­bar­rel Edel­brock car­bu­ret­tor, the car also comes fit­ted with some in­ter­est­ingly-named parts, in­clud­ing Hooker per­for­mance head­ers and Pur­ple Horny muf­flers, which help to de­liver that in­cred­i­bly evoca­tive V8 ex­haust note.


The epit­ome of late Six­ties Amer­i­can mus­cle, this beau­ti­ful Bar­racuda se­ri­ously de­liv­ers and at a com­pet­i­tive price. With a re­cent full restora­tion un­der its belt this ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic is ready to be en­joyed as it is with lit­tle ex­tra in­vest­ment needed. Dale Vin­ten

PROS Im­pec­ca­ble body­work V8 sound­track CONS Steer­ing and brakes slightly be­low par


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