Road Or Race? 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback

Hypothetically, you’ve just bought this 1968 Barracuda. What do you do with it? That’s a question that we’ll ponder in a moment. It is a far from original Barracuda, but it is a nice looking vehicle, and with a BIN price of $11,900 or the option to make an offer, it offers a number of possibilities. Located in Federal Way, Washington, you will find the Barracuda listed for sale here on eBay.

The Plymouth has apparently spent a fair portion of its life clocking up miles a ¼ mile at a time. However, it’s been in heated storage since 1994, emerging just two weeks ago. A combination of these factors means that the vehicle is in quite nice order, with no rust issues to deal with. The body is essentially original and all steel, with the exception of the hood, which is fiberglass, and the trunk lid, which is original, but has been lightened. If the new owner was considering returning the body to stock, they would also need to deal with the rear end, which has been tubbed. Still, returning that to normal is probably easier than undertaking rust repairs.

Under the hood definitely isn’t stock, but what is there is a nice combination. What you’re getting is a 1967-vintage 440ci V8, which has been bored, and had a lot of rather nice work done to extract as much power as possible within a given set of rules. The result has seen the engine pump out 487 horsepower at the rear wheels. Because the car has been sitting for so long, the owner took great care in reviving it, and it now runs and drives well. The transmission is a TorqueFlite 727-B, and this has undergone a few necessary modifications to cope with the rigors of racing. The rest of the mechanical components have also come in for upgrades, including the fuel system, cooling, ignition, and the rear end.

How the new owner approaches the interior will be a matter of personal preference. If they intend to continue using the car in competition, then there’s not much that will need to be changed. However, a return to the roads might require a number of changes, and how these are approached will be very much a matter of personal taste. For instance, the gauges that are fitted to the vehicle are all competition units, and they don’t include a speedometer, so that will need to be addressed. Is the roll cage going to be a benefit for street use, or does it need to go? The same question revolves around the competition seats. As you can see, there will be some decisions to be made, depending on what the new owner wants to ultimately do with the vehicle.

The new owner of this Barracuda will have some decisions to make. The first and most obvious is whether the car will continue its competition career, or whether a life on the streets now beckons. Either pathway is feasible, and both will require some work. Returning the car to the street would be the harder of the two options, but both are viable at the asking price. So, what would you do?

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  1. Kris A Hobbs


  2. glen

    Already gone.

  3. Steve R

    It’s a race car, it makes no sense to try and return it to the street. The front inner fenders have been removed, it’s been rubbed, the interior gutted, the dash is gone along with all heater and defroster ducts and wiring. What this car is, is an inexpensive way to either go racing or have a grudge night or T&T bomber. It’s turn key and won’t cost much money to update its safety equipment.

    Someone realized the value, that’s why it’s already sold.

    Steve R

  4. Woody

    These fastbacks are great looking Plymouths,owned two ‘69 Barracudas and received many compliments.Interior would be easy and not much more to get this on the street!

  5. mainlymuscle

    A car like this will be the coolest car at most tracks (not MY track where me and the 10 sec SC/Rambler rule ! ).I hate it when guys gut the interior of their car to save 200 lbs,just go on a diet for Gosh sakes .My 68 Formula S 383 is up for sale at Mecums in 2 weeks .I also have a 1970,but prefer the 68/69,just a well proportioned fastback .

    • David Montanbeau

      We just sold our 68 383 4 speed Formula S Convertible. Rare!!

    • mike

      hi mainlymuscle, I saw your comment about selling your 68? would or could you send me a couple pics and what you are asking for it? thanks mike,i have a good friend who is looking for one,he had a 68 formula s 383 4 spd car

  6. Matthew Van Leer-Greenberg

    For a former drag-car, it looks like it is in pretty good condition. Much like fellow commentator Steve R, I am also of the belief that this car would not be a proper candidate to return it to the streets. At this point, it would would not be cost or time effective to get this car back to a point where it is road worthy. Someone should should do some system checks, replace worn or old parts, and do a 10 down the quarter mile. I still think that this is one of the best cars to come out of 1968. I hope the new owner has some fun with this fast fish.

  7. Pat L Member

    Unless the seller owns the storage facility, he definitely didn’t make any on this sale after subtracting 25 years of storage fees.

    • Stephen

      Even if he did own the storage facility, think of how much money he lost by not being able to rent that unit for all those years.

      Nice car. Great buy.

  8. Camaro guy

    Bracket car it’s already all there only thing to check is the legalality of the cage 👍

  9. Troy s

    Got my hat absolutely handed to me by one of these ‘cudas on the street years ago. Being a dumb seventeen year old I caught this red machine at a light, looked pretty wicked with exhaust caps barely visible ,Centerlines, big hood scoop, red primer. My joke of a mustang launched hard, no cuda to be found, then all of a sudden I heard this roar over my right shoulder and a red flash go by with the albino looking driver smiling ear to ear! Went by me so fast I reacted by looking at my tach thinking my engine had died. Haha! Never fool with a bada$$ Mopar, especially in a lightly equipped cruiser. Fun memories.


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