AJ's Car Of Day: 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
Car: Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
What makes it special: It was the second generation Barracuda. The A-body still shared many components with the Plymouth Valiant model, but was fully redesigned with Barracuda-specific sheet metal styling and its own range of models including convertibles.
What made it famous: In 1968, the 318 cu in replaced the 273 engine as the smallest V8 available, and the new 340 cu in, 4-barrel V8 was released. An upgraded performance 383 Super Commando V8 was also available.
Why I would want one: It's the out of the ordinary Pony Car. Not many convertible versions are around, and that makes it cooler. It stands out in the crowd.
Fun fact: In 2007, Motor Trend magazine reported a rumor that Chrysler was considering reviving the Barracuda in 2009. The new Barracuda would've been badged as a Chrysler, due to the Plymouth brand having been phased out in 2001. The rumor resurfaced in 2012 that the Barracuda would be back in 2014. However, the Barracuda has not been reintroduced alongside the third generation Dodge Challenger...yet.