Classic Car Overview
The later Cudas (especially the Hemis) seem to get all the attention, but early cars like this sweet 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Restomod is lighter, more agile, and quite likely faster than most of its younger siblings. This particular Mopar beauty went through a comprehensive frame-off, rotisserie restoration completed by top-end professionals, and features a thumping 472 Mackey V8, sporty suspension, a beautiful high-end paint job, and a custom leather interior. Stunning good looks and over-the-top performance, its not often you see this in the spelled-out Barracudas from the mid-60s. Completed by Bob White and the pros at California Customs, this restomod makes an incredible statement. The two-tone Black Cherry (Maroon) over Gray Metallic paint job grabs your attention instantly, and after you pick your jaw up from the floor you notice that theres more to this Barracuda than first meets the eye. First theres the dual-scoop hood adorned with bright vents in the center, giving it a race-ready look thats uniquely Mopar. Then, you have to account for the cars swooping roofline, as its the most dramatic part of the 67 design. Because of the cars space-age like shape, theres a ton of glass all-around, including the large window out back that practically gives the car an aeroroof. The topside of the vehicle hood, tops of the fenders, roof, decklid, and the tops of the quarters were all coated with custom maroon mix, which has plenty of metallic sparkle inside the deep lustrous finish. Underneath is the more sinister shade of Gray Metallic, and it does a great job giving the car a more mysterious look. So many Mopars are brightly colored, darn near obnoxiously if were honest, whereas this two-tone shade makes this 67 look timeless, subdued even though its obvious the finish was extremely expensive. The rather trim Barracuda coupe bodywork is minimalism at its best, offering light weight and maximum rigidity for the rigors of track use, although this one has never been raced and was built for regular cruising (more on that later). Paint and bodywork are top driver-quality and worthy of coverage in Mopar magazine, with excellent fit and finish throughout that shows extremely well. Sure, there are a few imperfections here and there, but with only 2,455 miles on the build these are vastly minor blemishes in the grand scheme of things. Chrome and trim are limited but were likewise restored to show-off, which is nice to see since cars that are built for modern combat seldom get fresh jewelry like this one has. The ornate front grille is gorgeous, shiny bumpers fore and aft are perfect endcaps, and the raked profile set atop those slick rims gives this Barracuda a virtually unmatched curb appeal. The black-and-maroon interior neatly straddles the vintage/modern fence, offering full black leather upholstery on the front buckets, matching door panels, and even a back seat that makes the car habitable for road trips and other car-related activities. A beautifully finished custom center console splits the front buckets, with bright paint and trim running the length of the unit, and it houses the shifter for the built-up automatic transmission below. The custom dash was similarly finished to this high-end point - completely reworked, painted to match, and filled with a triple set of Haneline digital-analog gauges, a retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo, and a full Vintage Air A/C system with ornate vents and billet controls. A black-rimmed Grant steering wheel anchors the cockpit ahead of the driver, the headliner above is taut and looks brand new, while the dark gray carpets and matching floormats below are the correct pile and weave - insulating the cabin perfectly from any outside noise and unpleasant temperatures. Seatbelts front and back add safety, the stereo system sounds great, while out back the trunk was beautifully finished to match the cabin. The engine is a snarling 472 cubic inch big block V8 thats been built to take no prisoners. The Mackey V8 motor started life as a 440, but after a professional upgrade filled with top-of-the-line goodies, its been bored and stroked to the 472 displacement found today. With race-ready compression, a Holley carb and polished Edelbrock air-gap intake, Holley fuel rails, a full MSD ignition/coil/distributor system, plus long-tube headers and a Flowmaster dual exhaust system underneath, it has a nasty bark and theres no question that it needs that big air-cleaner to keep it fed. A single-belt serpentine belt system runs all the accessories, most of which were dipped in chrome for a cool look, while a heavy-duty AFCO aluminum radiator with a giant auxiliary fan keeps the whole show nice and cool. Detailed for show under the hood with polished valve covers, polished accessories, and smoothed/painted inner fenders and matching firewall, its clear this hood was always destined to be opened and bragged about. The stout V8 is backed by a high-performance 727 TorqueFlight 3-speed automatic transmission with a TCI pan, and it spins an 8.75-inch rear end with 3.55 POSI gears inside. Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes were finished beautifully as well, with a maroon-painted booster under the hood and slotted rotors behind the rims, while a responsive power rack-and-pinion steering system, upgraded shocks, upgraded controls arms, and a beefy sway bar keep this Barracuda planted to the road. Polished 18-inch Boyd Coddington wheels wear staggered 225/40/18 front and 265/45/18 Michelins with plenty of grip left. Cars with a single-minded purpose of being fast rarely get finished to this gorgeous level, and were all better knowing a car like this will be roaming the streets for years to come. Fast, beautiful, and functional, its the ultimate early Barracuda. Call today!