Rare Richard Petty Blue: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1972 Plymouth Barracuda is a rare find, painted in “Richard Petty Blue” paint, which may also be known as “True Blue” depending on who you ask. Regardless, it’s a fantastic color and one that is quite popular – therefore, lots of repainted cars exist. This Barracuda retains its numbers matching engine, but I can’t quite decipher the seller’s description to determine if the color is original, too. Find it  here on eBay with a suggested opening bid of $17,500 and no takers yet.

That might be making the seller nervous, as the auction wraps up today. Regardless, I doubt he’ll have a hard time selling it in the future if it doesn’t sell by the auction’s close. The listing says this is one of 250 cars made in this configuration, which I assume is in regards to the equipment and the paint code – but a VIN decoding may be required to see if it left the factory wearing this paint, which looks incredibly well preserved. The color extends to the door jambs and under hood, so it’s a thorough repaint if nothing else.

The interior presents well, with bucket seats and a full console. The upholstery is quite nice, with no mention by the seller if this is the result of a refresh at some point in the past. The dash has a fuzzy mat on it, so we can’t peek beneath to see if it’s cracked. The seller notes the H-code Barracuda came well equipped from the factory, with a 340 paired to a 727 automatic, Rally dash, 8-3/4 rear differential, and 70,000 miles on the odometer. Numbers matching cars will always be in demand, and makes this slightly tatty driver even more appealing.

No word on whether that mileage reading is accurate, but it seems to have been cared for regardless of how many miles it’s been on the road. The seller points out just some modest rust to sort out, limited to the rear fenders and minimal rust in the trunk floor. Given the extent to which this Barracuda is coated in Petty Blue paint, I’m inclined to believe it’s original – and if so, the options and colors make this an ideal basis for a light restoration and ongoing preservation.


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  1. Shawn Fox Firth

    I believe that paint code is ‘B3’ ‘Basin Street Blue’

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    • Dave

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t “Petty blue” the same as B5 blue?
      Maybe it’s because this is a 1972 car that I’m confused.
      ” ‘Cudas” refer to performance trim packages, while the “Barracuda” referred to the economy, standard, and luxury trim packages.
      If it’s a real 340 that hasn’t been blown up it might be a good deal if your budget has enough headroom.

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      • NewtownJack

        B5 = sapphire blue metalic.

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    • don

      You’re right, its called “Basin Street Blue” ; the Dodge color was “True blue” There never was a Chrysler “Petty blue” . This color is close to what Petty ran , but not the same color

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  2. lc

    Neat car and great color! Looking closely, I do believe there is some errant over spray that has dusted its way into the engine compartment.

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  3. Stangalang

    If it is a respray..someone did a helluva good job..

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  4. Tony Primo

    A high school buddy bought a used white 1972 Cuda. He changed the color to this blue. It was his first home paint job and he purchased about 3 times as much paint than he needed. He painted all his toolboxes this color as well as his pick up truck!!!

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  5. Hemidavey

    B5 is a bit darker with silver metalic , kinda like GM marina blue. I bought my 72 Cuda in 1982, sill running strong, now powered by a Petty built Nascar Hemi. I kept every original part so I can return it to stock.

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    • Robert Amoroso

      What price?

  7. Charles Mann

    Seller sounds sketchy,
    “Barracuda appears to have 70k on odometer”

  8. Kenbo52

    Cheap optioned car . Looks like it needs torsion bars or good adjustment . Dirty looking valve cover .

    • bone

      Isn’t a true Muscle car a cheap optioned car ? The thought was to have the most power with the least amount of weight (options)

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  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    I think that someone got a good deal at $17,500. I ran the VIN and Trim Tag through the decoders and it looks to be an honest car.

    I hate those replacement diamond pattern seat covers.

  10. TimM

    Nice looking on the outside but it’s gone!!

  11. Michele Wine

    I have a 73 cuda. 340 petty blue all numbers matching. It needs restored though.

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