Car: Plymouth Barracuda Fastback
What makes it special: Although the first Barracudas were heavily based on the economy minded Plymouth Valiant models, Plymouth wanted them known as an independent model, so for 1966, the famous Barracuda-specific stylized fish logo was introduced. Also that year, the Barracuda received new taillights, new front sheet metal, and a new dashboard.
What made it famous: The famed Barracuda Formula S package. It included the 235 bhp Commando 273 V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor, 10.5:1 compression, and more aggressive camshaft with solid tappets. It also included suspension upgrades, larger wheels and tires, special emblems, and a tachometer. Disc brakes and factory-installed air conditioning were also available. Also, a center console was optional for the first time.
Why I would want one: To me, the Barracuda has always been "the one that got away." I was supposed to purchase one years ago, but the deal went sour. So, the Barracuda of any year remains on my "Bucket list of cars to own someday." I must admit, I am partial to the 1966 through 1969 models.
Fun fact: Plymouth's executives had wanted to name the car "Panda", which was unpopular with the car's designers. In the end, the Barracuda name was selected.
( 1966 Plymouth Barracuda photo from aardvarkprops.com )