How Hard Can It Be? 1966 Plymouth Barracuda



Welcome to another vignette of How Hard Can It Be?, were we delve deeply into the bottom of the automotive crap barrel life’s rich vintage car pageant to bring you the cream, or whatever else floats to the top. Today’s delicacy? A 1966 Plymouth Barracuda.

Plymouth started selling their ‘Cuda in 1964, and 1966 marked the last year of the wrap-around rear glass. Most of the sheet metal, as well as the chassis, was shared with the prosaic Valiant. Built to do pony-car battle with the Ford Mustang, the Barracuda could be had with two versions of Mopar’s Slant 6 (the leaning tower of power!) or a 4.5-litre V8 making 180 horsepower.


This example has that vee-eight engine, which coincidentally hasn’t run in eight years. We’re confident that by adding thousands of dollars some fuel and spark you would again be pumping out 180 ponies. Alas, this model was made after the retirement of the push-button automatic transmission.

The seller calls this spade a spade, except in this case the spade is an “ungodly” orange. Thankfully the rust repair should be minimal; the floors only keep your feet off the ground, and the torsion bar boxes only hold up the front of the car. Regardless, with a cash infusion equal to a kidney some elbow grease this masterpiece could gleam, making you the star of cruise night.

No mention if the car has any interior trim, where that trim may be, or what condition it is in. It doesn’t matter since all those parts can be had for your one remaining kidney via the catalog aftermarket.

For 1500 American dollars, how could you possibly go wrong? Heck, the rear window must be worth that much.