The Plymouth Barracuda roamed the earth from 1964 to 1974. The first generation was based on Chrysler’s compact A-body Valiant and featured a distinctive wraparound rear window. The second generation, built from 1967 to 1969, was redesigned and offered in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions. The third generation, from 1970 to 1974, was based on the larger E-body platform and shared with the Dodge Challenger.
1969 was the last year for the smaller Barracuda which was available in three models: base, Formula S, and the ‘Cuda. The base model came with a standard 225cid Slant-6 engine or an optional 318 cid V8 engine. The Formula S was a performance-oriented model that featured a standard 340 cubic inch V8 engine. The ‘Cuda was a new model for 1969 that offered the most powerful engine options: a dealer-installed 383 cubic-inch V8 engine, a dealer-installed 440 cubic-inch V8 engine, or a dealer-installed 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine.
Our featured 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible looks like a gigantic Hot Wheel and we were drawn to it like a moth to a flame. According to the seller, “The car has a 340 motor that was completely rebuilt approximately 3,000 miles ago.” This car is turn-key and ready to go with rock-solid original floors. The car has been resprayed in its original Spanish Gold and included the engine bay, under the hood, and the door jambs. Overall, the car has a smooth glossy look.
“The bumpers have been re-plated, the windshield and gasket have been replaced, and all new weather-stripping. The rig sports 17-inch wheels with performance tires. Inside, the interior is in excellent condition with fresh door panels and carpeting. The dash is in great shape, all gauges are working and comes equipped with factory tachometer,” according to the seller.
The power convertible top has been replaced and has a glass rear window and boot. The motor has been gone through and rebuilt with paperwork included. The engine sports many updates including, a performance cam, Fi-Tech fuel injection carb, and a set of headers. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via a rebuilt 727 Torqueflite transmission, This old fish has been updated with four-wheel disc brakes too.
The car comes with a folder stuffed with maintenance receipts. It’s a sharp 1969 Plymouth Barracuda convertible that you rarely see. This is a strong runner that is ready for a new home.
The 1969 Barracuda was produced in four assembly plants: Fenton, Missouri; Hamtramck, Michigan; Maywood, California; and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. According to the production figures, a total of 31,987 Barracudas were built in 1969.
The majority of them were notchbacks (15,506), followed by fastbacks (12,757), and convertibles (3,724). The most common engine option was the 318 V8, which was installed in 10,742 cars. The second most popular engine option was the Slant-6, which powered 10,245 cars. The 340 V8 was the third most common engine option, with 4,723 cars equipped with it. The 383 V8 was only available in the Formula S fastback, and only 1,615 cars had it.
The rarest and most powerful engine options were the 440 V8 and the Hemi V8, which were only available as dealer-installed options in the ‘Cuda models. Only about 360 ‘Cudas had the 440 V8, and only about 50 had the Hemi V8. These rare models are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts today.
The 1969 Plymouth Barracuda was a stylish and powerful pony car that competed with the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. It offered a range of engine options and body styles to suit different tastes and budgets. It also had some unique features such as the flowery Mod Top, a vinyl roof covering with a floral motif that was available in 1969 and 1970. The Mod Top came with matching seat and door panel inserts in the same pattern.
This Barracuda is ready to cruise down to the local coffee shop or your next show and shine. We especially did the color and the big Magnum repro wheels. Combined with the electric Spanish Gold, the only thing that’s missing is miles of orange plastic track, a supercharger, and a loop de loop.
What’s it worth? The BIN price is $50k, and there are several days left on the auction. It would be tough to build one this nice for that amount of money. If all this sounds good, head over to eBay and bid away!