These would re-emerge in 1969 as the ‘Cuda, a factory-built model with 440 engine intact and the ability to turn in 14-second quarters, at 103 mph, on street rubber. Slipping on a set of drag slicks would take instantly deduct another two seconds from the ET.
With the 1970 model, the Plymouth Barracuda became a sibling to the Dodge Challenger. Visually similar on the outside, the Barracuda rode on a chassis having a two-inch shorter wheelbase. A wide range of engines became available with the E-body design, none being more memorable than the 440 Six-Barrel (three two-barrel carburetors) that delivered 390 gross hp and a whopping 480 lb-ft of torque at a street-friendly 2,300 rpm.
The performance addiction would run for another year, until market and regulatory pressures neutered all of the Big Three’s stables. The Barracuda, while never achieving the fame of the Mustang or Camaro, remained a deep favorite with anyone that had owned one.
So, with this background, what might brother Ralph be thinking about? The shorter wheelbase made the Barracuda more suited for drag racing and even exlcuded it from Can Am road racing in its day. The AAR-modified ‘Cuda didn’t do all that well in Trans Am racing either, but in the hands of Sox & Martin, legends were written at quarter-mile tracks across the country. Currently, the only modern ‘Cudas available are through private garages like Mr. Norm’s, who is actively converting Challengers into variations of the multi-louvered ‘71 ‘Cudas with supercharged HEMIs and, if so option, a Shaker hood and drop top.
But how would a latter-day ‘Cuda come about? Start with the new 392 HEMI motor, shorten the chassis a little, add the shaker hood scoop, some wild berry colors and kick butt graphics and we’ve got a new classic. We know we’re not the first to think about this. Let’s just hope it happens soon.
On message boards, enthusiasts are OK with the thought of a Chrysler-branded ‘Cuda, just so long as the ‘Cuda comes about. Knowing Chrysler’s desire to emphasize the brand’s upper-scale posture, it is likely were a ‘Cuda to return to Chrysler, it would offer a wee bit more refinement and possibly more resculpting than say just a grille and taillight treatment.THIS MAY BE OLD NEWS 2 SUM OF U BUT I JUST CAME ACROSS THIS ARTICLE AND THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT WITH ALL OF YOU WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CUDA COMING BACK I DONT SEE WHY IT SHOULDNT COME BACK NEW UPDATED VERSION OF THE PONY CAR WAS WOULD BE GREAT FOR MY GENERATION
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