The Barracuda beat the Mustang to market by two weeks (April 1, 1964).
It was an A-Body from its introduction in 1964 with 90% of buyers ordering the V8, which was an all-new 273 CID powerplant, Chrysler’s first lightweight V8, designated “LA” – the beginning of an engine family that would continue through 1992.
The first Barracudas in 1964 were actually a Valiant model, with a huge backlight as its primary styling cue. This permitted a large multi-configuration “cargo pass through” area, quite a bit of engineering was required to maintain the same body rigidity as the normal sedan’s X-bracing behind the rear seat.
This was the only year that Barracuda had Plymouth, Valiant, and Barracuda badging. It also had the Valiant symbol used throughout instead of the later Fish. Despite strong reviews for the Barracuda, the inexpensive, more clearly unique (as opposed to sedan-based) Ford Mustang outsold the Valiant model by 8:1.
Browse 1964 Plymouth Barracuda For Sale in The MCG™ Marketplace
101 hp @ 4400
155 lb-ft @ 2400
145 hp @ 4000
215 lb-ft @ 2000
180 hp @ 4200
260 lb-ft @ 1600
- 3-Speed Automatic
- 4-Speed Manual
17.8 @ 72 mph
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