Here’s another low-mileage car, this one is a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda. The story goes that this car was found in a garage in southern California where it had been stored for over 40 years, which means that it must have driven those 13,020 miles in less than ten years? This hidden Plymouth is listed here on eBay with a current bid of just over $3,600 and a Buy It Now price of $7,900.
Baby got back! Watch that rear window; no, not the Hitchcock movie, the rear window on this car. Unless you’re a tv producer looking to add some obviously fake drama to your “reality show” and purposely-by-accident have your “talent” (term used loosely) break one for ratings, they can be tough to track down. These are, by far, my favorite Barracudas. Some people like the later notchbacks and most people want a Hemi ‘Cuda, but I would much rather have this classic fastback first-generation design from 1964-1966. The early Barracuda was based on the Plymouth Valiant but there was no badging by 1966 that indicated that.
As much as I like the wide whites and knock-off-like wheel covers on the other side, I really like those wide whites with plain, black rims. Especially on a car with this “patina”. You knew that P-word would come up on this one. This is, or was, a California car, supposedly, which explains the relatively rust-free condition. According to the seller, this car has 100% original paint, interior, engine, transmission, rear end, and all original rust-free body panels. Crazy stuff! It sure looks good, other than some dings here and there and somehow the paint became dull from sitting in a garage for 40+ years? I would have thought that not having the southern California sun beating on the bronze finish for that long would have kept it at least somewhat shiny and original-looking?
The interior looks good, but this is an automatic-transmission car. That’s not a deal-breaker by any means but most folks would want a 4-speed in this car, me included. Three of our cars are automatics so I can’t say too much, I don’t always practice what I preach, either. The rear seat looks like new and other than the carpet either needing to be replaced or taken out and throughly cleaned, it looks good in there. Well, there’s the cracked dash, somehow on a car that was stored inside for 40+ years. Is that the original steering wheel? Wouldn’t it have looked like this?
Here’s a nice feature, a 273 V8 with 180 hp. One of my favorite engines is the 225 slant-six, but a 273 V8 is the engine that most people want in a Barracuda of this vintage. I’m not sure if the engine compartment, and the engine, for that matter, have been repainted or could it actually be that clean and shiny in there when the exterior of the car is so dull and aged? I guess all that matters is if it works and the seller says that it runs and drives great, so there ya go. This is the last year for the first-generation Barracuda, which generation do you like? What do you think of this car?