When the Barracuda arrived in the Plymouth lineup in mid-1964, it was
given an unbearable task: compete against the new Ford Mustang. Out the
gate, it was outsold by a 6 to 1 margin. Barracuda could always compete
with Mustang in the performance category, but aesthetically it just
wasn't accepted like its Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro counterparts.
That was until 1970, when a complete re-design in the E-Body platform
turned the tide. In terms of performance, the 1970-1974 Barracudas and
Challengers were every bit the measure of the Ford and GM offerings.
1971, the handsome Barracuda had established itself as one of the
best-performing cars in the marketplace. Ordering the 'Cuda, owners
could lay waste to Mustang and Camaro owners with such stout engine
packages as the 440-6 and 426 Hemi. Sales numbers never did match that
of its cross-town rivals, but in the end, the 1971 'Cuda won the war. No
other mass-production Pony Car can consistently claim asking prices of
$2,000,000 for its top model (in today's prices).
Each volume in
the In Detail Series provides an introduction and historical overview,
an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a
look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and
available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the
market today. Also included are paint and option codes, VIN and build
tag decoders, as well as production numbers.
Size: 8.25 X 9 (inches)
Illustrations: 113 color photos