Big Block 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is a true big block Cuda and could be a great project! It is located in Holden, Missouri. While 41 bids might seem like a lot, thankfully the price has not become unreasonable. It is currently at $10,200. The seller has provided a photo of what looks like the door tag right in the main photo of the listing. A partial VIN is listed and mileage is set at 86,329 miles. The title is said to be clean. You can find it here on eBay.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Originally this Cuda came from the factor with a 383 cubic-inch, big-block V8 with a 3-speed manual transmission. At some point, the motor was replaced with a new 383 big block, so it is not the original engine that came with the car, but it is period correct. Not only is the engine not original, but the transmission has been replaced with a 4-speed. This poor car has certainly had its identity stolen as the years have gone by.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Not only was this Cuda loaded under the hood, but it also came loaded with plenty of interior options as well. It has Rally Gauges, which included a tachometer, along with an 8-track player, and an overhead console. As you can see in the photo, the entire interior will need a lot of help. It might be best to start over. A few small exterior extras the car came with included front and rear elastomeric bumpers and hood pins. At one time, this car had to have been stunning.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Back in 1970, this car came from the factory in a lovely Lemon Twist Yellow paint job. Somewhere along the line, an owner decided to paint it Plum Crazy Purple. You can still see that purple paint in one of the photos of the door. The seller says the frame is still good and overall the car should only need small amounts of metalwork. Looking at all the photos and considering all the information, what do you think? Is there enough car left and the price reasonable enough to get this Barracuda back on the road?

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  1. Mike

    Kind of digging this one, if the price stays at just over $10K. Definitely agree it would be best to start from scratch on the interior, and the seller of course mentions nothing about the condition of the engine and trans (both non-original) so they are both toast but I believe that is understood without mentioning since the plug wires, radiator cap, etc are missing. Not as much rust as would be expected, at least not visibly.

  2. dirtyharry

    Someone will restore it, they have become so valuable. But don’t be hasty. Do yourself a favor and check out the ebay photos taken from the rear. You can’t help but notice how bad the quarters were hung, looking from the back. Doesn’t matter I guess, since someone will need to start over anyway. My instincts say this is potentially very rough on the underside.

    Now I see, “Brand New Muscle Car,” has an entire new Challenger body coming out soon. You will still needs a parts car or an even bigger checkbook to buy all those parts.

  3. Troy s

    It’ll be back on the road, hopefully under its own power and not some trailer queen. Like the 4 speed swap over the 3 gear.

  4. dogwater

    I thought a Barracuda was a fish throw this back in the water( junk)

  5. The one

    My ’70 ‘Cuda was totally cool! 340, Hurst package, luggage rack, hemi grind cam.Orange with white interior that someone rattle canned black.. Traded it for a J10 jeep pick-up this was in 1983.
    If I could turn back the hands of time…

  6. JohnfromSC

    Too much work here for anything other than light pro-touring / restomod build. If price stays around $10K, put in hemi crate motor, tremec 5 or 6 speed, wildwoods on the corners, borgeson quick ratio steering, etc. and redo interior stock with the rallye cluster. Body and paint. Then you have likely at least a $70 K car maybe more, when you are done.

  7. George Mattar

    Send it to Mark Worman. After he has it 3 years and $125,000 later you have a $50,000 car on its best day. Pass.

    • Steve

      Hahahaha. Perfect. Is that what he gets for a resto? They never say on the show.

  8. Del

    Not even the Count would take this junk on.

  9. GP Member

    When I saw big block Cuda, Then the first photo, I thought you were talking about the big block in front of the rear tire.

  10. TimM

    Looks straight on the body but how much mud is in there???? Any car all in primer always scares me!! I think the upgrade from a three speed to 4 speed helps the value of the car!! The 383 looks like toast!!

  11. Fiete T.

    Plum Crazy, yet I see yellow paint on the interior shot showing the passenger side kick panel…

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