AJ’s Car of the Day: 1972 Plymouth ‘Cuda 340 Coupe

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1972 Plymouth ‘Cuda 340 Coupe

Car: Plymouth ‘Cuda 340 Coupe

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Plymouth’s Barracuda was a two-door manufactured from 1964 to 1974. The third generation, offered from 1970 to 1974, was no longer based on the A-body, but on the Chrysler E-body. The completely new design was similar to the Dodge Challenger and available in hardtop and convertible body styles. 

What made it famous: With a new grille and single headlights very similar to the 1970 model and four circular taillights for 1972, the Barracuda would remain basically unchanged through 1974, with new body side stripes, and minor changes to the bumpers to conform with federal impact standards being the only significant variations. The Big Block 383, 440, & 426 Hemi V8’s, heavy duty suspensions and rear axles, and large/wide tires mounted on 15″ x 7″ wheels were no longer offered. For 1972 only, three engine choices were offered: a 225 Slant-Six, the 318 base engine for both ‘Cuda and Barracuda,  and a revised 340 detuned to meet emission standards. In addition, all three were tuned to run on low/no-lead gas and were power rated on the NET installed method. Three transmissions were offered: a 3-speed manual, Torqueflite automatic, and the Hurst shifter equipped 4-speed. 

Why I would want one: Even though detuned, it was still a decent performer, plus it kept that great looking shape and style for 1972.

Fun fact: The Barracuda was discontinued after the 1974 model year.

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