Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sweet Fishcar: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda

The Plymouth Barracuda introduced the world to fastback shaped pony cars a full two weeks before Ford's Mustang was released in April 1964, but even hardcore Mopar enthusiasts will agree that it is a good thing that the Mustang outsold the Barracuda by a landslide because otherwise we'd be left the strange term fishcar for sporty compact 2+2 fastback/coupes with long hood styling and rear-wheel-drive. Anyway, this pony car looks respectable for the price but it depends on the quality of that paint...if it is a cheap respray -- pass; but if the paint is original or a quality job, this is a winner. Find this 1965 Plymouth Barracuda offered for $7000 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1965 Plymouth Barracuda
condition: good

cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 175000
paint color: white

size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe

Price reduced. 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. Rebuilt front end, new tires, new shocks, new heater core, new brakes. Exterior is clean and all windows are in good shape. Slant six engine with manual four speed transmission. 

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  1. Man cooking to death in the sun in one of these wouldn't be the worst way to go out.....

  2. Started twitching a bit when I thought about what it might take to source a replacement rear window. Very unique.

  3. I've never considered paint as a factor in a car purchase...hell, I'm lucky if I buy something not in primer.

  4. yeah, that rear glass looks positively unobtainium to me. A bit ungainly but the only one on your block, most likely.

  5. If it sold for around 4K it would be worthwhile. WTH is that thing on the dash? I mean its a six banger..and where's the shift? Show me the RPM gauge but no shift? Come on people!

  6. Needs some love BUT....that 225 slant 6 will still be running when your great grandkids are out of college. And a 4 speed to boot. PLUS the 225 lends it self to hot rodding, even a 4V manifold carb, and cam set available. You could easily get 225 HP out of this without too much trouble. I remember the Baracuda with the "Mos Tops"...flower printed vinyl tops...groovy, man.

  7. What other car has a chrome plated gas tank filler neck that runs through the passenger compartment?

    None that I can think of.

    I knew a kid whose family had one and she would sleep in the back with the seat folded down and one leg hooked around the gas filler to keep from banging her head if they stopped hard on the steel bar at was at the edge of the fold down seat just like in the back of a Jag XKE.

    1. It was a different time. As a kid, I remember riding in the foot well of my dad's '67 442 in the winter because of the heater. I didn't wear a seat belt until my uncle moved to town in the early 80's and started enforcing it.

  8. My first automotive memory was riding in the bubble-back of my Dad's 65 Slant Six Barracuda. I still remember holding on to that chrome bar in the back, I think I was about two.

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  10. My kids used to ask about whether I had to use a car seat when I was a kid , and I told them that I'd get arrested for child abuse if I raised them the way I grew up. Note the car seat for my little sister so that she could see over the dash. "Don't hang onto the door in case it opens" was the safety lecture. This was the family car at the time.
    [image src="http://hughcrawford.com/alc/content/images/large/_MG_5354.jpg" width="400px"/]
    Of course my grandfather used to run around the oil oil wells after school in western Pennsylvania in the 1890s collecting the last drops of nitroglycerin from discarded cans until he had a milk bottle full to play practical jokes with. Times change.


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