Mopar Muscle Project: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda

Update 12/23/19 – This Barracuda project has been relisted here on eBay. Will it sell this time around?

From 8/18/19 – This 1972 Plymouth Barracuda is no small project, but the seller contends its life-long residence in Arizona and New Mexico has played a significant role in the body remaining largely rust-free. While the car isn’t currently what you’d call pretty, the seller contends the lack of major rot-through makes it a strong candidate for restoration. Find it here on eBay with bids reaching $5K and the reserve unmet.

The Barracuda sports a variety of different paint jobs and patches of surface rust, but the seller claims its what you can’t see that matters. Features like a rust-free firewall with original paint; floor boards wearing mostly original paint with only modest surface rust; rot-free frame rails; shock towers in good shape with OG paint. The lack of rust is the Barracuda’s best feature.

Check out those floor panels with the original paint – that is a feature you don’t often see in vintage muscle cars. While the exterior is fairly rough in appearance, the prevalence of original paint underneath the carpets and elsewhere seems to firm up the response as to what color the exterior should be repainted; the only answer is whatever this factory shade of blue paint is.

The interior doesn’t show it, but the seller confirms door panels are included, as is the rear seat and driver’s seat. The passenger seat is missing. Drivetrain-wise, a 318 is currently installed with a column shift automatic, but the seller references providing a 400 engine block that he can stoke to 500CI, for an additional cost. Would you keep the 318 or go for a more powerful swap?


  1. Don H

    The 318 can be made to have plenty of power💪

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  2. Del

    I would buy it for parts but none are left.😁

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  3. Don

    I would stroke the 318 and convert to a floor console shift. My son has an auto console from his 74 cuda that he converted to manual. Don’t need a big block in these.

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  4. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Looks like a non-vinyl top car – that help a lot….good bones on this one !…

    Like 5
  5. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Good question, Jeff. We all have to wonder what caused the re-listing: was it buyers remorse, a phony buyer or was it something discovered that the seller didn’t disclose?
    Regardless-it’s here again so let’s see if the cycle repeats itself another time.

    On to a more positive note:
    Merry Christmas, BarnFinds readers!

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  6. Del

    I cannot buy it, its missing the Vice Grip steering option

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  7. Wade Anderson

    It’s a Metallic blue it looks like a car I owned when I was 18 years old if it is there is a lot of Bondi in the left rear quarter from being hit in rear and some bloodstain on the drivers seat underneath

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  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This has been re-listed twice again now:
    $8100 and didn’t meet reserve.
    $7600 and didn’t meet reserve.

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