1 of 863: 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible

Convertibles were the rarest of the new Plymouth Barracudas in 1970 at only about five percent of total production. And about half of those were “regular” Barracudas, i.e. not Gran Coupes or ‘Cudas. This survivor finished in Rallye Red is said to have covered only 31,000 miles and is totally stock and unrestored. I got excited when I first looked at the ad and saw the price at $6,500. Unfortunately, that was an error and the price here on Facebook Marketplace is actually $65,000, with the car being located in Edgerton, Wisconsin.

The Barracuda finally severed its ties to the Plymouth Valiant in 1970 with a new platform that it would share with the new Dodge Challenger. As a result of all the changes, sales increased by about 50 percent over 1969 models and the Barracuda would stick around for five seasons. With total 1970 production of 48,867, standard V-8 convertibles would number just 863. Given the likely attribution rate over the last 50 years, the number of survivors like this one can’t be large. Thanks, Mopar1, for the production details.

Although there is no indication of proof, the seller tells us this Barracuda has only traveled 31,568 miles or just 630 average per year. The seller doesn’t mention if the car actually runs, but for the money involved we assume it purrs like a cat. Also, if I were trying to get someone to part with $65,000, I’d pull the car out of the garage into the daylight and take some really good photos. We don’t see any problems with the body or paint, although there could be some. Also, the red isn’t as radiant as it might once have been.

This is a well-equipped Barracuda, with factory air, power steering, brakes, windows, and door locks. While the photos don’t help much, the black interior seems to have held up well. This car was likely purchased to cruise around in, not to race from stop light to stop light, hence the choice of the 318 V-8 and column-shifted TorqueFlite. With all that out of the way now, is this non-Cuda convertible worth the asking price? Hagerty suggests $50,000 is not out of the question, but $40,000 is more likely. So is the low mileage worth such a large upcharge? Especially with such a weak online listing on one of the least likely places to sell a car like this?

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Comments

  1. William

    65K? What are they smoking? You could buy a brand new convert for 25-30K and take that 35-40 grand and buy another classic car. Either the seller really doesn’t want to sell (grumpy wife) or is fishing and hoping for the best. Oh yes, why no shots of the top? No engine shots or underside shots? This ad has too many red flags for comfort.

    Like 15
  2. Doug from MD.

    Cars being listed on scam-list aka Craigslist. So not surprised by lack of info or decent picks. Another deep sea fisherman.

    Like 7
    • Nick

      As the listing says it’s on on Facebook Marketplace which is sketchier times 10 than CL. Basically an avenue for idiots to find other idiots, scam or not. CL is fine, the scam stuff sticks out like a sore thumb is you use some common sense.

      Like 10
      • Doug from MD.

        Your right Nick its Facebook not Cl and your right to use good judgement on these sites. Lot’s of scam artists on these sites was my main point I was trying to make.

  3. Eric Johnson

    Looks like a column shift.

    Like 4
  4. Don't Rip Me Off

    Come on at least put it in a fake barn😂

    I take it the fraudster is too lazy for good photo software 😉😐🐿

  5. Steve Clinton

    What a difference a zero makes!

    Like 2
  6. gaspumpchas

    Resale red. Good luck with trying to get that kinda coin. Stay safe and good luck.
    Cheers
    GPC

    Like 3
  7. SJMike

    Interesting it’s a rubber bumper car. Should be a 340 4 speed for $65K or at least not have a split drivers seat.

    Like 1
  8. SJMike

    Pretty rare to have a rubber bumper on a 318 car. For $65K it should be a 340 car or at least not have a ripped driver’s seat.

  9. DON

    With the prices completely rotted out, smashed up, moss covered drivetrain less heaps are going for , maybe the price isnt so out of line for a complete , original , limited production ragtop

    Like 2
  10. Steve Clinton

    ‘With the prices completely rotted out, smashed up, moss covered drivetrain less heaps are going for…’
    Huh?

    • bone

      $20K for a completely rusted out Mustang that needs everything , or a Dodge Charger that WAS a high option car but now has no powertrain , or any useable body panel ,interior or glass for 35K .Both cars would need more than 50K to restore, and even then it wouldn’t be numbers matching or original , since everything had been replaced , not to mention the years it would take to restore , or spend 65k on an original car and drive it as soon as the ink dried on the title.

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      • Steve Bush Member

        Its apparently a nice car, Bone. But $65k for a 318 Barracuda is nuts, even it’s a convertible. In addition, the seller doesn’t help any by providing mostly worthless pics. I think Russ’ estimate of $40k is closer to reality.

        Like 1
      • bone

        I agree Steve, it was just a lame joke on my part saying you can pay 65k for an original driving car , or spend 80k or replacing every part on a rot box . Its crazy pricing, but with those TV auctions going on all the time it may unfortunately come to that !

  11. SJMike

    It’s rare to have those rubber bumper on a non HP car. For $65K is should be a 340 car or at least not have a ripped drivers seat.

  12. jerry z

    Looking at that car depresses me since I had a 1970 383 4spd conv’t back in 1983. Couldn’t keep it since I had didn’t have the money to store it. Wimper….

    Like 1
  13. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Anyone read the write up ? High optioned cars usually get rubber bumpers – most likely a dealer show room car with a base motor or ?

    Like 2

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