The Plymouth Barracuda was a sports car that was manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation, the owner of Plymouth from the years of 1964 to 1974. The car has three generations in it, each slightly different from the previous generation. During the beginning of the car in 1964, all the automakers were trying to develop a pony car to sell to the public in order to gain more profit. Though the Barracuda did not succeed in completely taking over the competition, such as the Ford Mustang, the Barracuda was still a loved car of many car enthusiasts. An interesting tidbit about the Barracuda is that the designers originally wanted to call the car the Plymouth Panda. However, this idea was thrown out, and rightfully so as the name Barracuda just screams power, which is exactly what consumers want their pony car to do.
The first Plymouth Barracuda was a throwback to the Valiant, in fact it was very similar. The same wheel base was used, the sheet metal and glass that were used belonged to the Valiant. In fact, small things such as the headlights, windshield and other small items also belonged to the Valiant. Because of this, the Barracuda was much easier to manufacture since the designers at Plymouth did not have to do much work in order to complete the car. During the first generation of the car, 1964 to 1966, the car was received greatly. By the end of the first generation there were many changes that were implemented, including new taillights, and new interior aspects, such as a new dashboard.
The second generation of the Barracuda, the years of 1967 to 1969 including new improvements and models. There was still the coupe version of the Barracuda available, however, there was also a convertible, fastback and notchback hardtops made available as well. This was also the time in which the government made it mandatory that cars utilize certain safety standards in their cars. These safety standards included having reflectors on the car, which are phased into the cars in later years of the generation.
The third generation of the Barracuda, the years of 1970 to 1974 was when the automakers came up with a car that was in no way resembling the Valiant. This was also the generation in which the automaker introduced luxury models of the sports cars, as well as those that were geared more towards performance. However, during this time performance of the Barracuda did take a back seat, so they were not as powerful as those cars from the first and second generation. This was due to the stricter safety guidelines that were in place from the government.
The Barracuda is still looked at as a sports car to own and collect. However, there has been no rumor of the car being remanufactured as other popular sports cars of the past are being, though many car enthusiasts would wish they would. For more information visit oldoppos.us, here you can find more information regarding the Plymouth Barracuda, as well as pictures of the car.