April 17, 2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang. This is not just the 12 months of Ford’;s legendary pony car, although. It also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Chrysler’;s entry into the pony vehicle wars – the Plymouth Barracuda.
The ‘Cuda, as it would turn into known, was initially a efficiency-minded trim degree of the ho-hum Valiant. This significantly we know. But did you know the lengths that Chrysler went in order to learn what Ford was up to with the Mustang undertaking, and to develop the Barracuda accordingly? Let’;s just say there have been personal investigators involved.
In honor of its fiftieth birthday, Hemmings has a fantastic recap of the car’;s background, from its time as the Valiant Barracuda, via to the 1968 model shown above, to when it basically became identified as the Cuda and on to its untimely death in 1974. It is a wonderful read through for fans of not just Chrysler history, but for these of the traditional era of muscle and pony autos in common. Hop over and give it a go through. You can also scroll down and have a seem at a time period advertisement for the 1966 Barracuda that we located on YouTube.