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273 V8 Survivor: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

While most folks credit Ford’s Mustang for being first on the pony car scene, Plymouth’s Barracuda got there first in 1964 – by 17 days! The car got its first restyle in 1967 and would continue its lineage to the Valiant through the end of the decade, although less so than the 1964-66 models. This rather clean looking ’67 model is rather basic, with no power accessories but a 273 V-8 and an aftermarket A/C reside under the hood. The car is located in Sedgwick, Kansas and is available here on eBay where the bidding stands at $10,100 with the reserve still looming.

Most folks remember the early Barracuda for its rather huge back glass. That got smaller when the cars were restyled for 1967 and a notchback coupe and a convertible joined the existing fastback in the line-up. An engine larger than the 273 cubic inch V-8 was finally available, the 383, but it found its way into few of the cars that year. Barracuda production jumped nicely for ’67 to more than 62,000 units, of which 45 percent would be notchbacks like the seller’s car.

We’re told this little car has about 89,000 unverified miles on it. For the most part, the photos supplied of the exterior aren’t close-ups. From what we can tell, the body and white paint look good, but there is no indication if this is a repaint and if rust or other body damage was ever a problem. The red interior contrasts well against the white paint and looks equally as good, although some of the seams on the upholstery are coming loose. There is also an imperfection on one vinyl seat bottom that should be repairable by a pro, so I would otherwise leave passenger compartment alone.

Mechanically, the car is said to do its job, starting, driving, and stopping as it should with no power assists. The 273 V-8 is the forerunner of the 318 which powered many Chrysler products for a lot of years and is likely a 2-barrel good for 180 hp. But a Hi-Perf 4-barrel was also available, and good for 235 horses. The transmission of choice is the TorqueFlite automatic. These cars are more desirable than their Valiant cousins and that’s reflected in resale value. In excellent condition, a car like this can go for $20,000, If the reserve on this one isn’t too high, it could be a nice buy for a newcomer to the vintage car scene.


  1. Moparman Member

    Nice ar for someone desiring entrance into the hobby! GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Man, that compressor is a whopper!

    It looks like the guy wants 25K for the car, which seem too high, to me. 25K will go a long way in the classic car market these days.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      It currently stands at $12,000 with No Reserve, so maybe something changed?

      5 hours left in the auction.

  3. Arthell64 Member

    Sweet body style but for 25k you could get a 340 car.

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  4. Greg Y

    My dad had a bright red 67 Notchback 273. I remember he spent one day polishing and waxing the car and took it out for a spin with mom. While he was stopped at a stop light, a Hells Angel type pulled up beside him on his chopper and proceeded to kick my moms door with his boot saying ‘that thing is too clean’ (or something like that) and he sped away. Well, my dad was a Golden Globes boxer in the Navy and probably wasn’t overly happy with the event, so he immediately took chase. Did I mention he had also been a circle track and 1/4 midget race car driver? Anyway, he caught the guy, ran him into the dirt, climbed out of the car and proceeded to introduce the boy to Jesus. And then he walked back to the ‘cuda and quietly drove away leaving the thug bruised and beaten next to his bent Harley. I just wish I had been there.

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    • William

      These days Mr Harley would pull out a Barretta and blow Dad away. I miss when individual justice didn’t require deadly force. People had more respect for each other because few wanted an altercation, today people are scared of the low lifes because they are so unpredictably violent. People just let bad boys abuse them and hope they can get away with their lives. Not really sure how to fix this problem.

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      • Greg Y

        I agree completely that society has devolved into chaos with most of the decent people hiding behind locked doors…back then we didn’t need to lock our doors. But, knowing how my dad loved that ‘cuda, I suspect that he would today have a 12 gauge on the seat next to him :)

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      • 67Firebird_Cvt Member

        Two words…Concealed carry

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  5. Joe Machado

    And I have a clean, never rusty, 67 Convert, 273, 4-speed, yellow for $30,00

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  6. Joe Machado

    And I have a clean, never rusty, 67 Convert, 273, 4-speed, yellow for $30,000.
    Palm Desert, Ca. New tires. Drive anywhere. No mods

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  7. Mike Ingram

    Had a ’67 Formula S with 235 (underrated) HP. Very fast but quality control was horrible. Averaged 16 MPG, considered good back in the day.

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  8. Car Nut Tacoma

    Sweet looking car. I’ve always loved the 1967-69 Plymouth Barracuda.

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  9. Johnny

    Nice car, but the price???? How about all the rubber that needs replaced ? Plus getting it on and other small parts that needs replaced. 89,OOO miles. Pleased be reasonable with the price and and if you are the original owner. You got your money worth out of it. Are you gonna subtract that too?

    • ErnieSC

      LOL! I’m 73 now and been playing Guitar and Collecting for 61 of those years.
      I recently saw a Tirade on CL from someone telling People they were Overpricing their Gear.
      I couldn’t help but be amused at someone telling others how to price their Gear.
      I’m about 5 – 10 Man Hours Away from a Full Restoration of a 67 Chevelle I bought NEW 12/66.
      No plans to sell; have more in it than it would sell for – But if I decided to sell would you tell me How Much YOU Think I should ask for it. And, of course, I guess you need to “Depreciate” the 54 Years of use and enjoyment I’ve had.

      Just curious…….What kind(s) of Classics do you have and do you have any Bargains???

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  10. 57Wayne

    If the Barracuda was recognized as the first instead of the Mustang, would it have been the fish car era?

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  11. Terry

    These were much nicer, as they were no longer a “fastback Valiant”. The 273 also powered the Charger in those years, and it was a good engine.

    • Pat

      Well a 273 HP did power the A-body Dart Charger in 1965. These were CA Dodge dealer generated Darts with special badging and high performance 273 engines. But the B-body Charger, introduced in 1966, were engined 318 and up …no 273 was available.

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      • moosie moosie

        Weren’t those Darts also known as the
        “D-Stock Darts”, if so they were pretty much a nationwide deal not specifically California. I remember looking at one in at Dodge dealer near Jersey City New Jersey back in 1965, from what I can remember they were very limited production assembled by hand specifically to win at N.H.R.A. races. I remember it being White but no memory of what color interior, the under hood was a work of art with headers from the factory. no radio or heater, 2 door hard top body style. What I do remember is the dealer wouldnt budge off window sticker price and wanted the car lettered up with their name as sponsor. I passed and bought a ’66 Satellite instead.

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  12. Joe Machado

    273, never knew they were in Chargers.
    Don’t think that ever happened. Naaawwww

  13. robert lewis

    nice car…the hi-po 273 sounded sweet back in the day,the 1st thing i would do is change that bulging upper rad hose,red heaterhoses are very unattractive.From what i understand the 4 bl intake for the 273 is a 1 of thing,difficult to find.

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  14. Mike

    I had a 66 dart with 273 4 barrel. It got around 20 mpg when I kept my foot out of the 4 bl. 4 speed 355 sure grip dif. Very fast car.

  15. sirlurxalot

    “While most folks credit Ford’s Mustang for being first on the pony car scene, Plymouth’s Barracuda got there first in 1964 – by 17 days! ”

    Fish cars just doesn’t roll off the tongue as sweetly.

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  16. Tennis Tim

    I also think 318’s were in chargers, not 273’s

  17. George M Hill

    I blew my 273 running against a 390 Mustang. He cheated (changed to high gear 20 miles before finish line. (we were supposed to fun as fast as the car would go in second gear for 40 miles.) He just baaarely pulled me for the last five or so miles. finished about 1 & 1/2 car lengths before me (and in high gear). While still in second, my Cudda beat him BAD,. I couldn’t understand why I could beat him so bad for 20 miles, then he could pull up TO me the last 20. Knocked the rod bearings I wanted to put the 318 back in, but the dealer didn’t want to do ANY THING about it. Called to area manager, and HE said, “REPLACE THE 273…without ANY CHARGES. They would replace ANY 273, no matter HOW they were run. (they were that good of an engine) By the way…I AM a Chevy man (always was) but 283s didn’t have a chance against my 273, and I ran against MANY if them.

    • JOHN Member

      40 mile race in 2nd gear???

  18. Joe Machado

    Learned in the early 60’s, always add 2 quarts to engine oil so you don’t starve the rod bearings. Never had any issues aireating the oil.
    Even cornering, oil in. Did not have special oil pans or dry sump for the street.
    Problem was solved and no extra money spent.
    Needed that for taking the girlfriend out.

  19. Patrick R Daly

    the 318 was around a lot earlier than the 273.The 273 4bbl was a pretty quick car.My uncle had a formula “s” that was a joy to drive(i was 16 at the time!)

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