The short-lived 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles were part of the automaker's third-generation ponycar line, offered only for these two years. They were rebodied like the hardtop models for 1970 with husky yet clean lines to make room for big-block Chrysler V-8s up to the torquey 440 and ferocious 426 Hemi.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda convertible
The performance-oriented 'Cuda became a separate series, offering a standard 375-horsepower 383. But these heavier engines made for piggish handling, and the 'Cudas were a bit overdecorated even for muscle machines.
More tasteful were the base and new luxury Gran Coupe series with standard slant six and V-8 options of 318, 340, and 383 cid; the latter provided more than sufficient go. Only detail styling, mechanical, and equipment changes were made for '71, but production slipped in a faltering ponycar market.
The convertibles were never high-demand items, making them quite rare today. Notchback coupe companions carried on through 1974, after which Barracuda was abandoned, a victim of the first energy crisis.
Pluses of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles:
- Quite rare for the period
- Small-blocks handle well
- Good performance except with six
- "Last convertible" appeal
- Values trending strongly up
Minuses of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles:
- Six's poor pickup
- Very rust-prone
- Slapdash workmanship
- Prices escalating rapidly
Production of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles:
- 1970 base: 1,554; 'Cuda: 635; Gran Coupe: 596
- 1971 base: 1,014; 'Cuda: 374
Specifications of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.0
Length, inches: 186.7
Weight, pounds: 3,071-3,200
Price, new: $3,034-$3,700
Engines for the 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertibles:
Type Size Horsepower* Years ohv I-6 225 cid 110/145 1970-1971 ohv V-8 318 cid 150/230 1970-1971 ohv V-8 340 cid 240/275 1970-1971 ohv V-8 383 cid 275/335 1970-1971 ohv V-8 426 cid 425 1970-1971 ohv V-8 440 cid 375/390 1970-1971
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