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By 1971, the handsome Barracuda had established itself as one of the best-performing cars in the marketplace. Get an introduction and historical overview of the design and concepts, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the Barracuda is on the market today. 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. • The 1971 Hemicuda convertible is the highest-valued muscle car ever produced • Mopar fans are fiercely loyal to their brand, and as prices indicate, are big fans of E-Body models • The In Detail series provides an in-depth look at this legendary car at an extremely affordable retail price About the Author Ola Nilsson began his obsession with the Plymouth E-Body `Cuda just before he earned his driver’s license at the age of 17. As an airline pilot by trade he has been afforded the luxury of traveling to see many of these rare cars and their caretakers. His contributions to the hobby are noted on many website forums and through his administration of the 1970-71 Plymouth and Dodge E-Body Convertible Registry.
Author: OLA NILSSON