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It's Not A Barracuda, It's Plymouth Hemi-Cuda

Author : William Jason


Cars have very funny names. You may or may not have noticed it yet but most cars were named after animals and creatures. There are jaguars, cobras, and you know, a weird sea creature called barracuda. Chrysler could have thought of other names but still, they preferred to stick with what worked. I feel like this was the perfect name for their legendary muscle car, as it was designed to be one of the meanest looking cars that was ever created. Everything about this car was intimidating, from its looks to the power and sound of the car's engine. Essentially Plymouth created a bare bones muscle car that did exactly what they had hoped it would - capture the attention of red blooded American males. Because of this the Barracuda name became a legend and is still popular today.

Plymouth Hemi-Cuda was a product of the Chrysler Company. It was under the Plymouth division's Barracuda collection that sported a hemispherical head. It could run up to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and was the most ominous car that I believe ever existed in the 70s. This muscle car had three generations and was rumored to be resurrected by Chrysler this year. Although there has been no official announcement, many of us car enthusiasts will be quite excited to see if this news comes to pass.

Let's talk about the history of the Barracuda collection and where the Hemi-Cuda belongs. The first generation Barracuda was made in between the years 1964-1966. It had an A-body coupe with a typical back glass that made it distinctive to other cars. This muscle car was dubbed as the king of the road because of the intense appeal it carried and not to mention, its premium performance. The second generation falls in the late 60s where the Valiant model was revamped in a major way. It was available in three versions namely fastback, notchback and convertible. The last generation was made in the early 70s. This time, the car was only available in coupe and convertible models. No more fastback and notchback, only modernized versions. The Plymouth Hemi-Cuda stopped after this generation and was equipped with various advanced engines.

Just like what was said beforehand, Chrysler is hopefully planning to bring back the old Barracuda to compete with the new and fresh Dodge Charger. Whatever decision Chrysler makes, the people will continue to support the Plymouth division and the legacy it left behind.


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