Hurst may have made its name creating competition-spec shifters with sweet cue ball-style shift knobs during the muscle car era, but they also built a number of vehicles with an assortment of Hurst modifications, like this 1967 Plymouth Barracuda.
As Jay points out in the clip, the Barracuda actually hit showrooms two weeks before Ford’s Mustang did, though its shape and power train options didn’t resonate with buyers on the truly epic scale that Ford’s pony cars would.
The 1967 model was something of a refresh, with the car sporting a fastback roofline at that point, as well as a number of options for musclecar enthusiasts, including an assortment of potent V8s ranging from the 340ci all the way to the 440ci. The 426ci Hemi even made it into a few of them for drag racing purposes, and this particular example was built to replicate one of those cars.
Although it doesn’t sport a “Hemi Under Glass” like those mid-engined drag racers did, this resto-modded ’67 Barracuda still has plenty of guts. Power comes from a warmed-over 360ci V8 that’s punched out to 408 cubes and makes around 500 horsepower, while Hotchkis suspension keeps the car planted in the corners, and 60s-style Centerline wheels give the car a period-correct vibe.
Of course it also sports a Hurst shifter and the iconic Hurst gold and black paint scheme, which pairs nicely with the Jay’s Hurst Challenger that’s seen in the background of the piece. Oh, and there’s a little surprise in the trunk.