1965 Plymouth Barracuda Base 225 Slant 6 from North America
Astounding bit of work!
Door lock fell apart when I slammed the door, now I can't lock the door.
Water pump died, radiator, hoses.
Fuel filter clogged.
Speedo cable broken, so no speedo or odometer.
All these were because the car sat for 10 + years before I had it.
I absolutely love this car! The little Slant 6 is bulletproof, you couldn't kill this car if you wanted to! Of course if you did somehow actually manage to kill it, chances are the parts to fix it would be under $100, seeing as they made a billion of these motors.
More power than I thought it would have. Engine sounds Hoover-like when revved.
Steering has a lot of play, rear end whines, upholstery non-existent.
All these factors, and I still love my car. It's my first car, but I would not get rid of this car for the world. It's so unique and gets so many compliments wherever I go. When you're at a stop light people ask what it is, and in parking lots it's a people magnet since they're not very common.
It's not even restored! It's in beater condition and it still gets all the looks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2008
Yeah, these little Plymouth Valiant-style Barracudas are neat little cars.
You might want to do some catch-up on maintenance soon. Check the rear differential fluid, or better yet, change it, to stop that rear-end whine. You don't want metal shavings as lubrication.
The speedo cable is an easy fix in these cars, too. There isn't a lot to go wrong with these.
I don't know if this car might still have the original bias ply tires, but if you put a set of radials on, you'll be amazed at how it suddenly steers much straighter, and doesn't wander into every rut.
Does anyone have a guess at how much such a Barracuda would cost?
Just go to e-bay and search for similar models to get an idea of current fair market value. I've seen them for a few thousand dollars in running condition.
"22nd Nov 2008, 21:37.
One like the reviewer's car is not going to bring "thousands" of dollars, based on its description."
This person apparently does not know what a Barracuda is, or how sought after they are. It's not like assessing the value of a used Corolla.
I had a '65 that was an early factory 273/235 horsepower V8 (before the stripes were painted on the side). It had a 4 speed tranny. Black with tinted glass and a red leather interior. It was fast. I once beat a '64 409 with it.
When I thought I blew the engine a local mechanic said I had to replace the engine.
I got screwed. Found out later that only a lifter broke without damaging anything else.
It was a great car. I still shake my head and my fist when I think about the crooked mechanic. I am a little more mechanical now though..
Yours is the kind of thinking that makes someone with an old beater believe that it is worth thousands of dollars, just because it's, well, old.
It's very easy to find '64-66 Barracudas in the same condition as the reviewed car on Craigslist for anywhere from $650-$1500; well under the "thousands" you claim they are worth.