Plymouth finally got the performance angle right in 1970. The Barracuda was moved over to the E-body platform, which it shared with the new Dodge Challenger. Although the Barracuda rode on a two inch shorter wheelbase, its overall body dimensions were the same. The performance models were called ‘Cudas’. This vehicle is an original ‘S’ code CUDA and in 1970 it featured five different V8’s, the 340, 383, 440, 440+6, and the almighty 426 Hemi. Standard Barracudas came with a flat hood, while Cudas came with standard dual non-functional hood scoops. Optional on all Cudas (and standard on Hemi’s), was a very functional shaker scoop, so named because it attached directly to the engine, and poked up through a hole in the hood and thus “shaked” with the engine.
The Hemi cost $871 more NEW and was installed on just 652 hard tops (out of 17242) and only fourteen convertibles out of 550. One of the 14 convertible Cuda Hemi’s sold in 2016 for US $2.16 million at the Barratt-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale. The Cuda has become something of an icon for enthusiasts. The 440+6 was a bargain at just $250 and could keep up with the Hemi to around 70mph. Alas these big engines ended in 1972 with stiffening emission laws, the 340 became the Cuda’s largest factory engine, with a smaller 318 (5200cc), becoming an option. Production ceased with the oil crisis in 1974.
This vehicle 1972 Cuda genuine ‘S’ Code 340 (5600cc)
0-60 in 8.5 secs
1 Quarter mile in 16 secs
This vehicle has had a complete restoration. Its original numbers matching 340 Cuda:
New Pistons .30 Over…. New Cam & Lifters
Rebuilt numbers matching transmission
New starter, alternator, battery and master cylinder
New Exhaust with stainless tips
New lower Q Panels
Front NOS Grille, Upper & Lower
New Go Wing FJ5 Subline BC/cc Paint Lime Light Green
Original Dash / Door panels and Headliner
Original floor pans & boot
Completely restored December 2006