Today we’re gonna take a gander at a great muscle car rebuild option – the 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.
This iconic pony car was introduced a year earlier in what was essentially a souped up Valiant frame. In all honesty not much changed in ’65 except for a slightly adjusted front grille and some beefier standard engine options under the hood. These two reasons alone, however, make a good argument for you to choose it as your auto restoration project.
With the enormous success of Ford’s Mustang model that came out at the same time Plymouth wanted to make the Barracuda a bit sportier to keep up. The newly adjusted grille, combined with the sleek fastback body design was a big hit for them. Sales increased by 175% in just a year!
To further compete with the mustang Plymouth also added more power to the Barracuda in ’65. The tiny 170 inch-er was replace with a 225 inch slant six which delivered a decent 145 horsepower during chassis dyno testing. For the upgraded Formula S model, Plymouth offered a 4-barrel 273 inch V8 which kicked out 235 horsepower. Additional options for the Formula S were suspension upgrades, larger wheels and tires, special emblems and a tachometer.
In ’65 the Barracuda went for around $3,000 depending on the options. Today, we’ve seen fully restored ones go for around $25K-$30K at auction.