Sassy Green! 1971 Plymouth Barracuda

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Here’s another unfinished project that you might want to take over. It’s a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda resplendent in what the seller thinks is its original Sassy Green paint. It’s missing a few components, but not too many, and can be found in Carpinteria, California if you want to inspect it in person. It’s for sale here on eBay but bidding has not yet met the reserve.

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Honestly, with 93,000 miles I’d be surprised if this is the original paint and decals. What’s there actually looks pretty nice under the dirt, but you’ll have to provide your own front and rear valences and paint them to match (both are missing). I hope the new owner is an extrovert; it’s going to be pretty hard to hide in a car this bright!

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While the owner notes there is a little bit of rust in the floor pan, unless it looks remarkably bad on close examination I’d clean, treat and keep what the factory put there. You will need to purchase a carpet kit, but as you’ll see shortly, the seller has done a lot of procurement where the interior is concerned.

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Surprisingly (to me at least) the seller tells us that those seats are original-type leather, not vinyl. The dash has been restored and there are many other new and refurbished parts. It’s an impressive pile!

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The 340 is attached to a four speed transmission, and both are said to be original. The seller has verified numbers with an expert and “guarantees” that all numbers are matching and correct. It also has the original “shaker” style hood with scoop that is in good shape. So all the items needed to make this a showpiece are there. One thing I don’t see often are original cars like this; it seems that everyone has decided they have to be rotisserie style restorations–it would be nice to see this one just turn up as a driver somewhere, nicely refurbished but not perfect. What would you do?

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Comments

  1. Stephen

    I used to own one of these. Real 340 4 speed, blue, console, rallye wheels, and black vinyl top. The car was completely rusted out, but was one of the most fun cars I’ve ever had. When I finally sold it, I made a total of $500 profit. I thought I made a killing, then the prices of these cars skyrocketed. Do I regret selling it though? Short answer is no. I had just gotten a job and the car was rusted to the belt line. There were holes in the floor and the previous owner had installed a gross shag carpet. I needed to sell it as it was unreliable and the holes in the floor let water into the car when it rained. The day after I sold it I bought a cush 1973 cutlass 350 4 speed, best car I’ve ever had. Drove that while I was working at the airport for almost 3 years. Sold it to a guy in Pennsylvania and have been looking for another one since.

  2. Anthony

    71 Cuda, original paint, some assembly required 40K Incredible!

    • Billy

      I’ve said it before and I will say it again…to think how cheap these once were. In the early 80s, this was a thousand dollar car. Just wish I had filled up a barn full of them. I drove many 340s, both 3 and 4 speeds. Always an awesome experience, much more gratifying then a big block. Oh a big block was pretty cool at a stop light or the drag strip, not so much around a corner. These had great power and could corner. If my time machine ever gets perfected, maybe this with that four speed, though I prefer a 71 Challenger. Of course, as I also have said before, the slant six E Body was pretty nice too, esp. with a stick. A 318 with a four speed and air might be the ultimate compromise, no premium gas required..

  3. JW

    Would love to have this but a bit out of my price range already at 40K and reserve not met.

  4. Blindmarc

    Still has the thermoquad on it too.

  5. Dave608

    I’d lose the thermoquad before it burns up the car. Lost a 1972 Charger to one of these prone to warp carbs.

  6. S Ryan

    A black trim tag on a green car? Fishy?

  7. Walter Joy

    Check the fender tag to see if it is a Sassy Green car (FJ6 or something along those lines). And is it a true N96 Shaker car?

    • JW454

      According to the fender tag and Peter C. Sessler’s “Red Book”, this car is the correct color, and did have the shaker hood. The fender tag appears to match the other equipment mentioned in the listing also.

      I like these cars but, they’re too far out of my price range.

  8. Luke Fitzgerald

    41 large for a car apart ? – try running that past the wife

  9. cudaman

    I bought mine and THEN told the wife……..

    • Anthony

      And she’s not the ex-wife? She’s a keeper!

  10. John H. in CT

    40K is insane. I paid 51K for an all original sheet metal, matching #s AAR last December that had the drive train already rebuilt and only needed about $15K to make it a 2+ car. I can’t believe that prices have gone up much in the last 12 mos. Wouldn’t be surprised if this sale falls through. Ebay can be squirrely.

    • John

      It is original sheet metal.

  11. angliagt

    There’s one of these,except it’s Blue,near me.
    Was sitting in a guy’s driveway for years,uncovered.A
    few years ago,he put a tarp over it,but it still sits in the
    driveway.
    I think that it’s the same one that a friend of our
    family,bought new.
    I’d love to have it,but where would I put it,or
    afford to restore it?

  12. Doug Towsley

    i would love one of these but well out of my price range

  13. The Walrus

    The name of the color is Sassy Grass, not Sassy Green. Dodge called the same color Green Go.

    • ToniM

      And this is why you read all the comments before speaking up–I was going to say at the risk of seeming pedantic, it’s Sassy Grass, not Sassy Green :)

  14. Car Guy

    Nice, but not THAT nice…………

  15. John

    Original transmission.

  16. John

    Fender tag.

  17. John

    Those are leather bucket seats as factory. I had to recover with quality legendary brand seat covers. Originals were shot and unsightly. Tried to keep as much original as i could.

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