Car: Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
What makes it special: The second-generation Barracuda, now a 108 in wheelbase A-body, still shared many components with the Valiant model but was redesigned with model-specific sheet metal, and a convertible and hardtop coupe joining the original fastback offering. The new Barracuda now featured Coke-bottle side contours and heavily revised front and rear ends. Design cues included a concave rear deck panel, wider wheel openings, curved side glass, and S-curved roof pillars on the hardtop.
What made it famous: As the pony-car class became established and competition increased, Plymouth began to revise the Barracuda’s engine options. In 1967, while the 225 cu in “Slant-6” was still the base engine, the V8 options ranged from the 2- and 4-barrel versions of the 273 cu in to a seldom-ordered 383 cu in “B” Big-Block, rated at 280 bhp, the latter available only with the Formula S package.
Why I would want one: Funny enough, this particular year Barracuda keeps evading me, as I have tried three times trying to buy one, but was not successful.
Fun fact: 1967 Plymouth Barracudas had front and rear bumpers that were identical. They have the same license plate indent and mounting bracket.