April 17, 2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang. This isn't just the year of Ford's legendary pony car, though. It also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Chrysler's entry into the pony car wars - the Plymouth Barracuda.
There are classic muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, and then there are rare classic muscle cars – vehicles like this 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. Walk down Metro Detroit's Woodward Avenue on the third Saturday of August, and even in that sea of Americana that is the Woodward Dream Cruise, you'd be hard pressed to find many Cudas. What ones you did come across would likely be the larger third-generation cars.
Remember those mid-engine Plymouth Barracuda coupes that popped wheelies high enough to warrant under-car advertisements? Well, owner Bill Sefton is now selling them as a four-car collection with Mecum Auctions. The high-riding 'Cudas - officially the Hurst Hemi Under Glass (HUG) cars - were built by Hurst for the Factory Experimental (A/FX) class to advertise the company's aftermarket shifters and wheels. The HUGs were rear-heavy, enough so that they sprinted down the drag strip in a very uncon
There are certain things in this world we will love until the day they plant us in the cold, hard clay. B-Movies, cold beer and a good chase scene all make the cut, as does spine-shivering rock and roll. Jack White has managed to combine at least three of those four in the latest trailer for his "Freedom at 21." The clip looks as if it were lifted straight from a '70s grindhouse flick, complete with desolate western back drop, gritty filters and an excellent hero car.
Motor Trend reports that Chrysler may forsake the Dodge Challenger for a resurrected Barracuda. The magazine cites two unnamed sources as saying the nameplate will surface in time to celebrate the vehicle's 50th anniversary in 2014. If true, the Barracuda will ride on a new smaller and lighter platform that's more fit to compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle's bones will likely be shared with Alfa Romeo, which means a turbo four-cylinder may show up behind
John Herlitz packed a lot of memorable MOPAR into his 35 years with Chrysler. He graduated from college and started with the company as a designer in 1965. In just three years, Herlitz became manager of the Plymouth Intermediate Car Studio and didn't waste much time making his mark on the lineup.