Plymouth Barracuda 7.2l 440 - Bakersfield (Silver Creek) - Cars for sale, used cars for sale, Bakersfield (Silver Creek) - 2012951


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Plymouth Barracuda 7.2l 440 - Cars for sale, used cars for sale

Ref. number: 2012951 Updated: 23-06-2015 19:59

Price: 17 000 USD $

Offering: Cars for sale, used cars for sale in United States, California, Bakersfield (Silver Creek)

1969 Plymouth ‘cuda 440 Notchback In 1969, Plymouth released the 340 & 383 ' Cuda models to compete in the increasing market for performance and speed. The ' Cuda package was easily recognized by the two distinct twin black hood scoops atop matching hood stripes across the hood. The tape strips also appeared along the lower portion of the vehicle with corresponding call-outs revealing the engine displacement. The ' Cuda package was mainly developed for street racing, while the Formula "S" was for the driver who appreciated handling. The ' Cuda package shared all the suspension and drive train components found on the popular Formula "S" model, but lacked most high end options which were commonly found on Formula "S" optioned Barracudas. Plymouth offered the 1969 ' Cuda with either the 340 rated at 275 hp or the 383 rated at 330hp. Although Plymouth had dropped the 383 in Barracudas for about three years at this point, it just wasn' t enough. The solution? -- The ' Cuda 440 ! In perhaps the ultimate shoe-horn job of all time, Mopar shoved their 440 Magnum engine in the tiny A-Body Barracuda. This was also the first year of the high performance version of the Barracuda, officially called "' Cuda" by Plymouth. It is a name that stuck through the redesign during the 1970 model year, and has since become muscle car legend. These cars were built in three different production “batches”, with the first ones having a scheduled production date (SPD) of December 1st, 1968. The other two dates are March 2nd, 1969 and May 18th, 1969. There are primarily two special parts unique to these cars as well as the ' 69 440 Dodge Darts; they are the left side exhaust manifold casting number 3462017-1 and the unique left side motor mount. The driver’s side manifold was required because the 440 was wider and taller than the 383 and thus pushed the 383 exhaust manifold into the steering column. The mount was a rather rough looking piece but was needed because the attachment bolt holes were different between the 383 and the 440. The 440 ' Cuda was offered strictly for straight-line performance, and due to the snug fit of the 440, left no room for power brakes, disc brakes, and power steering. The A-body ' Cuda series was only produced one year, making these some of the rarest and fastest Barracudas ever produced. The ' Cuda 440 Special Package, as it was called, was considered a factory race car and covered by a restricted 12 month/12, 000 mile warranty. Customers were required to sign numerous releases and warranty papers to even take delivery of these beasts. Enough history…now on to the car. An extremely rare high performance notchback, and this one is a driver! One of about 40 440 ‘cuda notchbacks built, and one of about 20 known to still exist. Even fewer have survived with their numbers matching 440 V8, with a buildsheet and fender tag intact as well. The car has had a replacement 727 TorqueFlite transmission along the way, due to the previous transmission having a reverse valve body, and the 4th owner wanted a traditional shifting tranny, so he swapped it out with an earlier vintage, so there is no VIN pad on the trans. The 5th owner claims to have the numbers matching transmission, but efforts to verify this have not been fruitful to date. This car is a bit of an anomaly. The fender tag has the car listed as and H code (383) with the E63 designation, but the dash VIN, radiator support, trunk support and the buildsheet all indicate an M code car with a matching last 6 of the VIN and correct order number of “920007”. The Y39 “Special Order” helps to affirm the car was, in fact, an original M Code, along with the matching full VIN on the block. To my knowledge, this is one of a couple of cars in the registry that has this particular “factory error”, though it does lend credence towards the idea that these cars started life as 383 cars with a 440 upgrade performed as cars moved down the line. This car is the third lowest order number in the registry, and has the C01 (Dec 1, 1968) SPD. The lower margin of the buildsheet does indicate “SPECIAL HANDLING CAR”. This car is a 1980’s holdover, as it has retained its look since it was painted during the early 1980’s shortly after purchase by the 4th known owner. The engine has been rebuilt by the same gentleman, and it is was bored .030 and has a Direct Connection cam installed, Edelbrock carb and Weiand single plane intake, as well as a 699 oilpan (incorrect) that has been extended for additional capacity. It has fenderwell headers (Hooker, all that was available during that era), but previous owners were wise to keep the original exhaust manifolds with the car, and the car has the correct (though slo

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