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Happy 50th Birthday, Plymouth Barracuda

Posted March 17, 2014 9:30 AM by dstrohl

While the Ford Mustang galloped into American culture almost 50 years ago and brought us the term "pony car," let us not forget that it wasn't the first sporty American car based on a compact car platform aimed at younger buyers. Instead, Plymouth beat Ford to the punch by a couple of weeks, so let's take a moment to celebrate the Barracuda's pending 50th birthday.

Ford's Lee Iacocca was absolutely correct in his reasoning that the American public wanted a sporty but reasonably priced car that seated four and could be customized to individual owner tastes with a wide array of options.

Read about this American muscle classic on Hemmings Daily.

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03/18/2014 12:58 PM

Funny story (if you're not me): On a Saturday morning in 1969, I went shopping for my first new car. First was the Plymouth dealer. There was a new 1970 Hemi Cuda convertible sitting out front. I asked to take it for a test drive. The salesman picked his teeth and said "well, you write me a check for $5000 and you can drive it all you want." I told him what he could do with his toothpick and went down the street and bought a new Charger.

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03/19/2014 11:37 AM

These were really nice, almost bought one....went with the Chevelle SS instead.....

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