To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. BH29D72341005
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 35,000 US
The Plymouth Barracuda’s performance got a much-needed boost in 1965 with a new Formula S option package, developed with input from Chrysler engineer and rally champion Scott Harvey and based on the modifications previously made to the Valiants and Darts that had competed in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally. The package included a hotter version of the 273-cid Commando V-8 with a higher-lift, longer-duration camshaft, freer-flowing exhaust, and a four-barrel Carter AFB carburetor, making 235 horsepower. This was accompanied by stiffer springs, heavy-duty shocks, faster steering, and wider tires.
For 1967 the Barracuda was completely redesigned and no longer shared any sheetmetal with the Valiant. The engine bay of the body was enlarged, so if desired, the optional 383-cid V-8 would fit. The Formula S made its name by its ability to corner better than most American cars; providing a nice balance of acceleration and handling. The 1967 fastback was formally called the Sports Barracuda and was welcomed as being able to easily convert from a sporty four-passenger into being a convenient transporter for surfboards, skis or other equipment for your on-the-go life.
This example is equipped with the high-revving 273-cid solid-lifter V-8 engine and also sports the factory Formula S package. With a frame-off restoration, this rare Formula S Barracuda is reported as a “number one and perfect car” that has its original driveline and is said to be better than original due in part to its high-quality paint, brightwork, glass and engine bay detail treatments. The transmission is a console-shift TorqueFlite automatic; additional equipment includes bucket seats, AM radio, working underdash 8-track player, factory air conditioning, Cragar SS wheels, BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires; power steering and brakes. The color is described as a “beautiful sky blue” – this looks quite similar to the D code 1967 Plymouth color of Light Blue, plus the car has a tidy complementary blue interior.
These rare cars are reported to be surprisingly stout machines; this example is said to be ready to perform as a daily driver or on a show field. 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Fastback