Ultimate Barn Find? 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1970 Barracuda appears to be a solid project car that formed part of the Allan Reitz estate sale. It is offered for sale here on eBay. Listed with a clear title, it is located in Gillette, Wyoming. The seller has set a BIN price of $21,800 but the option is also there to make an offer.

This particular Barracuda appeared in the August 2018 edition of Hot Rod magazine. It was part of a feature story on the 104 car collection that was part of the Allan Reitz collection. This car and a 1970 Challenger SE were located in an out-building, as you can see from this shot. The new owner of this Barracuda will receive a clean copy of the magazine as part of the deal, along with an auction-day tee shirt featuring this car as it was found in the outbuilding. This represents a nice way of tracking the progress of the restoration of the car from a known and documented starting point.

By and large, the Barracuda is structurally sound. There is surface corrosion present in the floors, but there is no rot-through. However, the trunk floor and rear quarter panels have rust problems, and all will require replacement. The hood is an AAR fiberglass item. It is solid but has had a repair at some stage. The doors, trunk lid and front fenders are clean and free of rust. The car also features an elastomeric front bumper.

The interior is essentially complete but will require complete refurbishment. The seat covers and door trims will require a trip to an upholsterer, while the dash pad also has several cracks to address. At least the lack of carpet allows a good view of the floors and shows how solid they are.

Under the hood is not the original engine and transmission, but a 318 and an automatic transmission. The seller states that he has a 383ci and auto transmission from a 1970 Charger 500 that can be included with the car for an additional $750. He is even willing to install this combo into the car for the new owner for free to assist with transportation. He also states that while the 383 ran when removed from the Charger, it will need a rebuild.

While it will never represent a numbers matching example, a Barracuda of this specification nonetheless represents a very desirable car. There is some work to be done, but none of it represents major structural work. What I’d like to see is pictures of the car once it is restored to see how far it has come from its present state.

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  1. Roger

    A non-numbers matching 383 Cuda is NOT the “ultimate barn find”…

    • stillrunners

      It was the ultimate Cuda at the sale and had been stored in a shed/barn – the owner that passed had owned it since the 70’s….still some good bones on that low production car.

    • chris

      when did they start using phillips heads screws for the vin plate take a look on ebay

  2. Rock On

    I remember reading about this auction in Hot Rod Magazine. I’m surprised that it is still available. Looks like a fair deal with the 383 engine.

    • stillrunners

      It was bought by an E-body builder….like most builders – most likely to many on their plate.

  3. Del


    With Fender Tag.


  4. Scottie dog

    I’d pay more for a no rust slant six car.whats here a beat up hood and a rusty vin tag?

  5. Woody

    Small block and AAR hood is a good start,gimme the”pistol grip” !

  6. AndyJ

    Sold for 11,000 at the Allan Reitz collection auction, flipped

  7. stillrunners

    Yes Andy…it was a hard sell for the family….he was a good guy among the mopar community.

  8. bruce baker

    This car deserves a built 426 Hemi or 440 magnum, Plus a 4 speed stick with pistol grip, new interior, & a great new blue paint job. i think.

  9. Skip

    Anyone know what happened to the cars that didn’t sell at the auction?
    There was one similar to this which looked almost rust free.

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