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1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Classics  /   /  By Derek Mau

Classic muscle cars are a staple on eBay Motors and there are hundreds listed and sold every day. What makes this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda special is that the seller claims this particular model was the first ever third generation Hemi-Cuda built in August 1969.

Whereas the first and second generation ‘Cudas were based off of the A-body Plymouth Valiant, the third generation removed all commonality with the Valiant. Underneath the shaker hood of the first E-body Barracuda is a extremely low-mileage, 425hp dual-quad 426 Hemi engine and four-speed transmission sending power to a Dana 60 rear-axle with 3.54:1 gears.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda 426 Hemi V8

The Hemi-powered E-body cars (Barracudas and Challengers) for the ’70 and ’71 model years were the culmination of what a true muscle car is all about.

Asking price for the first-ever E-Body Barracuda is $2.75M

Click the link to view the eBay listing: 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

1970 Plymouth Barracuda prototype

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  1. Russell Derksen March 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm Reply

    You are mistaken when you claim the 3rd gen cuda dumped it’s attachment to Valiant and indeed the first barracudas not the cuda for 1970 bore valiant wheel covers and a few valiant badges. other than that,good job! I have owned several E bodies and find them to be one of my favorite dodge/plymouth muscle cars,second only to a strange affection for 1970 roarunners,thanks!

    • Diego March 4, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

      Mr. Derksen, there’s nary a Valiant badge on a Barracuda for 1970. As far as wheelcovers are concerned, I see than as corporate items and not Valiant items. The writer was correct to suggest the ’70 dumped its affiliation to the Valiant.

      That being said, I wonder where the road lamps are on this ‘Cuda?

  2. eBay Motors March 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply


    We hang our head in embarrassment. Thanks for pointing out the little details that are easily missed.

  3. steve andrews March 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply

    this guy better have perfectly correct authentic documentation for that kind of coin!

    mecum had a flawless black 70 hemi cuda. trailer queen – 417 grand.

    2.75 mil? get real or have chrysler authenticate it. even if it is genuine – what do you do with it? drain the fluids and put in i your living room?

  4. eBay Motors March 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply

    The current owner has the Hemi-Cuda on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Indiana. Every other week Gary visits the museum on his one day off from work and fires up his Hemi-Cuda.

    The VIN has been verified that this car was the first E-body Barracuda. Visit to view the documentation.

  5. Russell Derksen March 4, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

    Thanks for your return email,and I thought maybe I was mistaken so I checked a friends 70 barracuda (not a cuda) and sure enought on the dash in the barracuda logo,top right corner,small letters it did say valiant,as well as a small chrome logo attached to the barracuda logo on both doors? Is it possible this was a Canadian marking? The car in question is an unrestored barracuda with under 1000 original miles 1/4 mile at a time since brand new, Hemi automatic,bench seat, column shift,very plain Jane car and yes the road lights are not present on it either,no holes where they ever may have been installed and no switch inside.

    • Chris March 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm Reply

      Russel, It would be interesting to see some pictures of the items you detail from your friend’s car, because they don’t seem typical of a 1970 Barracuda. 1970 model Barracudas and Cudas did not have a dash emblem, the word ‘Barracuda’ was molded in script in the dashpad and did not say ‘Valiant’ anywhere. The door panels on a Barracuda had no emblems or tags and on a ‘Cuda, had a simple ‘Cuda’ emblem, again no ‘Valiant’. The first ’65 Barracudas did say ‘Valiant’ on their tags, but by ’66, ‘Valiant’ was removed. Also, the Hemi was not available on a Barracuda in 1970, only on the ‘Cuda. So, your friend may have a very unique car, or it’s not what it seems to be.

  6. Noel March 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Road lights from what I remember were an option, and as far as I know came on ‘Cudas’, not Barracudas.

  7. N.bailey April 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Wow! Good luck on that price. I truly hope you sell it. Take it to the auction in w. palm beach fl. Or to Arizona. There are lots of people there with lots of money.

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