1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda

1970 Cuda 383 hardtop

It took until 1970 for Chrysler to make its first true pony cars, the new E-body Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda. (The 1964-1969 Plymouth Barracudas were really just A-body Plymouth Valiants.) The E-body had basically the same front frame as the B-body making it possible to now properly mount the big block engines. (The A-body was not really designed to mount the big block engines and putting a big block engine into an A-body was an improvisation.) The ‘Cuda model was the high performance model of the Barracuda. The engine options on the 1970 ‘Cuda were the 275 horsepower 4-barrel 340 LA small block, the 335 horsepower 4-barrel 383 B big block, the 375 horsepower 4-barrel 440 RB big block, the 390 horsepower 6-barrel 440 RB big block and the 425 horsepower 426 Hemi. (The 290 horsepower 6-barrel 340 was only available on the AAR ‘Cuda.) The new E-body has the long front hood and short rear deck characteristic of pony cars. This was six years after the introduction of the Ford Mustang and four years after the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro and three years after the introduction of the Pontiac Firebird. The new body style was a big success – sales increased dramatically from the 1969 A-body Valiant based Barracuda. To be continued…

1970 Plymouth Hemi  'Cuda

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