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Fastback Valiant: 1966 Plymouth Barracuda


Introduced in 1964, the first three years shared their styling with the Valiant except for the roof-line. Before the days of the econobox hatchback the fastback configuration was considered stylish. This Barracuda 6 cylinder automatic version is listed on craigslist in San Diego for $7900. It’s completely original with only 80,000 miles and a recently rebuilt engine and brakes, new battery and exhaust as well as cooling system repair . If it’s as nice as the pictures, the price may not be too bad, but perhaps there’s selective photography in use. There are no pictures of the left side and on the right side, is that rust bubbling through the paint ahead of the quarter panel? There are also no pictures of the interior.


It looks really nice under the hood except for the tangle of plug wires. It appears pretty original and basic.


The bumper and trim look nice on the front.


Things look nice from the rear as well with just a few wrinkles, but again, they have avoided the left side. If the mechanicals are sorted and if the interior is nice and if there’s not much rust, this could perhaps be a nice driver. That is a lot of  “ifs”. Would you do any performance, brake or suspension modifications to it? I would possibly add air conditioning and enjoy this stock. On could also swap out the subframe for one with modern suspension, steering, brakes and a healthy V8. There are a lot of possibilities here. What would you do with this?


  1. Ed P

    This is a nice clean example of a Valiant Barracuda. It is a shame that Chrysler did not invest more to make the Barracuda more than a fastback Valiant. A unique front clip might have made a great difference in sales.

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  2. Luke Fitzgerald


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  3. Roselandpete

    Nice. I’d leave it alone.

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  4. Skip

    Very nice. My second car was a ’63 slant-six Valiant two door with standard shift. Put over 100K on the car (which I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this board) before the original engine went. The engine was replaced with one from a ’62 Dart and it got me a lot more miles.

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  5. juan

    How much more overpowered, overpriced v8 non-matching numbres Barracudas the Classic Car world needs? Leave it alone and enjoy it like it came form the factory! If you want to get the bigger D**** in town get one that was already modified and put your hands on it! It´s just my opinion.

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  6. C

    I actually bought this car, kept the Slant 6 in it, and am gradually bringing it back to life…

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