Plymouth Barracuda
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Plymouth
Model: Barracuda
Plymouth Barracuda

The Plymouth Barracuda would later come to influence other designs found in additional Chrysler models. Chrysler's United Kingdom developed the Hillman Hunter estate, which was based on the Sunbeam Rapier Fastback coupe of 1967. This model itself was clearly a representation of the 1964 to 1966 Barracuda profile. The Barracuda was a two door coupe and convertible sports car manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. The very first Plymouth Barracuda was built upon the A-body chassis, which was also used in several other vehicles manufactured by Chrysler. This included the famed Dodge Dart. Later, the 1964 model was offered as an option in the Valiant line and carried the Valiant emblem. This version was designed to attract a sportier buyer and it was also considered the very first pony car. This is sometime misunderstood, but it did precede the Ford Mustang to market by two weeks. Rumor has it that Plymouth execs at first wanted to call the car the 'Panda' but the designers complained, and instead, John Samsen's idea of 'Barracuda' was selected. The model is very well known in Hollywood, as it has stared in some features on the big screen. For example, in The Doris Day Show, Doris can be seen driving a maroon colored 1971 convertible Barracuda. Further, in the Brady Bunch, A light blue convertible Barracuda was Mike Brady's car for the 1971 and some of the 1972 seasons. The better question though is whether the model was popular because people liked the design, or because people liked the name. Anyhow, it also stared in Nash Bridges, as well as Megas XLR. It seems that even today, people can identify the name, but it does not seem that many could identify the actual look and style of the auto.

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