The Plymouth Barracuda created a niche within a niche and has been at the top of Mopar fans' wish lists for decades now. Big block power plus an affordable price tag was fine, but for some enthusiasts, the only way to fly is HEMI power and a roof that goes down. Enter this 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Restomod convertible, which packs modern HEMI power and a 5-speed for an all-out assault on your senses.
Chrysler styling was a love-it-or-hate-it proposition in the late-60s, too conservative for some, yet playfully aggressive and built to cater to those crazy kids and their hot rods. In truth, the Barracuda has aged better than most of its siblings simply because it didn't follow fads. Painting it Lime Gold Metallic certainly helps and making sure the steel underneath is straight pays big dividends, resulting in the beautiful droptop you see before you. It's not 100% perfect, because nothing in this world is, but this is definitely a show-quality paint job that is going to win some trophies out on the circuit. A set of black stripes adorn the profile of the body just above the rocker panel trim on each side, hood trim inserts accent the slightly raised ridges on the hood, and a newer black vinyl power top provides the car with and upscale touch. Drop that power top and go turn some heads, because there's not a lot of these on the road. All the chrome and stainless trim is intact and in excellent shape, too, with new bumpers, grille, door handles, badges, and auxiliary trim, and it all provides a nice bright contrast to this '68's subdued shade. Everything on the exterior was addressed or replaced, and all the work was done to a very high standard, resulting in a stunning droptop with an aggressive stance and commanding street presence.
The interior of this car will impress you with its style. Most of these bargain-priced muscle cars wore basic black (although, admittedly, a HEMI changes the game a bit), but the look still just works with yeomen's attitude of this heavy hitter, and it's brightened nicely with Lime Gold finish that's on the custom middle console, accenting the door panels, and adorning the interior trim rings of the original gauges inside the factory bezel. The vinyl seat covers on the front buckets and door panels are fresh replacements that look amazing, and with a bench seat out back this slick convertible is a legitimate 4-passenger automobile. The factory instruments cover just the basics so three auxiliary units were neatly installed below the dash, an aftermarket AM/FM/CD/AUX/USB head unit that powers the kickin' stereo system is stashed away in the glove compartment, and yes, those are A/C vents under the dash that happen to blow R134a cold air into the cabin. The custom shifter manages a Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission that fits this car quite well, blending in perfectly with this street brawler's disposition and refined looks. Ahead of the driver is a new Budnik custom steering wheel that rests atop a Flaming River tilt column, and the trunk out back is neatly finished and provides plenty of room for all the trophies this car will win.
During the restoration the builders threw caution to the wind completely and installed a fuel-injected 5.7L Generation III HEMI V8, pumping out huge horsepower and off-the-charts torque. Professionally built up with Wiseco Chrome Moly GFX rings, Wiseco forged pistons and connecting rods, and a Competition Cams street/strip camshaft, the power is immense and flicks the relatively lightweight '68 into corners with ease. With a carbon fiber-dipped valve covers and a 6.1L intake, custom engraved chrome HEMI coil-pack covers, and plenty of polished components and organized piping/wiring, the engine bay is stunning and ready to be shown, especially against the backdrop of the smoothed firewall and inner fenders that were coated in Lime Gold. The way the plug wires go through the valve covers is a HEMI trademark, a giant aluminum radiator keeps the whole show cool, and the A/C compressor, alternator, and brake booster are dripping in chrome. Wilwood power front disc brakes stop the droptop on a dime, and the custom-tuned long-tube headers feed into a Flowmaster dual exhaust that's sounds fantastic. A light clutch makes the smooth-shifting Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission a joy to cycle through the gears, and despite the big power, this convertible can easily cruise on the highway as well. The builders spent a lot of time getting the undercarriage dialed-in too, and not only does it present very well but it also features QA1 shocks and a big sway bar up front, subframe connectors, and air shocks in the rear, so it's been built with purpose as well. And you better believe this Barracuda drives great. American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are wrapped with Mickey Thompson R2 Compound drag radials, aggressively stanced at 26x8x15 up front and 275/60/15 in the rear.
With a high-end build that looks great and was built to be enjoyed, this HEMI Barracuda delivers maximum performance that still gets attention today. Call now!