The Barracuda was a two-door compact/midsize car
manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from
1964 through 1974.
The original Plymouth
Barracuda was built upon the A-body chassis, which was also common to
several other vehicles manufactured by Chrysler, including the popular
Dodge Dart. It was directly spun off of the existing Valiant series to
appeal to a sportier market, and it is also considered the first pony
car, because it preceded the Ford Mustang to market by two weeks.
The first generation Barracuda's main claim to fame
was its enormous fastback wrap-around rear window, considered the
largest piece of automotive glass ever installed at that time.
Powertrains were identical to the Valiant's, including two versions of
Chrysler's legendary inline 6 — a 170 in³ (2.8 L), 101 hp (75 kW)
version and an optional 225 in³ (3.7 L), 145 hp (108 kW) version
offered. A two-barrel carbureted 180 hp (134 kW) 273 in³ (4.5 L) V8 was
the top engine option for 1964, so performance at first was modest. The
170 in³ six was later eliminated as an option, leaving the 225 in³ 145
hp version as the smallest engine option. The Barracuda sold for a base
price of US$2,500, and unlike any other year, all automatic 1964
Barracudas had a push button shifter on the dashboard.