But the car was the Plymouth Valiant prettied up and with a wraparound rear window.
Hitting the showroom two weeks before the Mustang did, the car that was
at first wanted to be named Panda was given the Barracuda name instead.
The 'Cuda wasn't a bad car. Good performance, poised and refined, it handled crisply and had a smooth ride. In fact, Road and Track magazine opined that the car was perfect. Power brakes were standard, big drums front and rear. There was the Prismatic day-and-night mirror that could be adjusted to deflect annoying headlight glare at night. Instruments were matte silver with circular chrome bezels.
A blue Plymouth 'Cuda
A Barracuda with white stripes showing.
1964 Plymouth Barracuda Specs
Transmission Three-speed manual, optional four-speed manual, or three-speed Torqueflite automatic.
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