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HO Drop Top: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

While most people want the Barracudas built in the early ’70s, I’ve always had a soft spot for the ones built in the late ’60s. One of the major perks of buying a ’60s Mopar is that they tend to be a bit more affordable to buy. This 1967 Barracuda project might not sound cheap with an asking price of $10k, but considering it is one of 187 convertibles built with the high output 273 V8, it seems like a decent deal. You can find it here on craigslist in Germantown, Wisconsin.

The seller’s photos aren’t the best, but you can tell this car is definitely a big project. Rust will be the biggest problem to address, but there’s going to be a decent amount of mechanical work to be done as well. The original 273 V8 is out of the car and there’s no word on what all it needs. It is the more desirable 235 horsepower engine and is said to be original to the car. The seller claims the car has seen just 36k miles since new, but I’m not sure if that matters much at this point.

Here’s a look at the empty engine bay. I’m curious as to why the engine was removed, hopefully it wasn’t because of any serious issues. The 4-speed transmission is still in place and is a sweet feature to have. While the engine is out, it would be easy to get the engine bay cleaned up and looking great again.

Given how few Barracuda convertibles were built, especially with the high output engine and 4-speed, this is a pretty special Mopar. The question is, is it special enough to justify a full restoration? I think it is, but I’d love to hear what you think!

Comments

  1. JimmyJ

    Better than that POS Jensen for half the price…
    Plus it’s a 4 gear!

  2. PaulbZ3

    I like that hi output equalizer/amp under the dash!

  3. Ed P

    The 2nd gen A body Barracuda was the best looking of the series. While the later E body cars were nice looking, they were wider to accommodate big block motors. I think this 2nd gen was a more trim looking car. I have to say, if this is truly a 36k mile car, was it parked under a tree? There is a lot of rust to say the least.

  4. Jimmy

    I helped a very good friend restore a 1969 Cuda convertible, it, too had the 273 hipo engine but was an automatic trans. It definitely will be worth restoring!

    • David Montanbeau

      67 was the last year for the 273.

    • cudaman

      There were no “cudas” in ’69

      • Dan

        Here is a window sticker from a ’69. Note the A57 package that says cuda callout.

      • Glenn

        The ‘cuda was a rare option in 69, this one was so rusty, I cut it up.

  5. Dave

    Have a look under the rug. Fred Flintstone would be envious.
    One of my favorite cars. I had my eye on one of these as a teen, but $1000 at the time wasn’t in the budget.

  6. David Montanbeau

    These were our 68 Ply.
    One is a 383-4 speed-formula S.
    Other is a 340-4 speed- formula S.

  7. irocrob

    Look at the door jam and you can see daylight. Expensive to fix all the rust and just not worth it to me. I imagine the whole underbody is rusted bad. And I do not believe the mileage one bit !

  8. S Ryan

    Black engine bay. Not the first time the motor has been out.

  9. stillrunners lawrence Member

    This one’s been around and posted before. Although I’m a A-Body Cuda guy with currently a 69 Convert / a Coupe and an 340-S numbers matching fastback…I’m going to put my money in my 65 S 4 speed car.

    Like a lot of builders out there from all makes….a price drop might see it back on the road – some day.

  10. jimbosidecar

    I too like this body style. In a word association, Lithe comes to mind

  11. Jim Hagan

    I own a 69 convertible with 340 4 spd. It’s 1 of 36. Bought it in 1984 and started collecting NOS parts. I have all trim and most sheet metal. Paid more for NOS quarter panels then I paid for 2 complete running cuda convertibles.

    • David Montanbeau

      Paid 6k in 96 for this 68-340-4 speed Formula S vert. All numbers match.

  12. Don

    I had a ’67’ coup with the 235hp and 355 posi and I drove the s__t out of it. When the oil started to get replaced more than the gas, I put a 318 in it. When the 727 started to slip really bad, I decided to trade it on a 74 Challenger. Boy was that a mistake. I should have kept the cuda.
    Hindsite.

  13. Tyler

    I like these a lot. The asking price will turn a lot of people off, but he will entertain offers, so you never know. Hey, it’s a Mopar, someone will restore it.

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