1971 Plymouth ‘cuda 383 Convertible
In 1971 I went into the Hollywood, CA Chrysler Plymouth dealership and there on a lighted turntable was this light blue Barracuda convertible and I immediately fell in love with it. However, I had just bought my first house, had just bought a new Lotus Elan, and had recently been married, so there was no way I could afford it at the time.
Five years later I was driving down Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, CA and I saw this blue convertible parked on the side of the road with a “For Sale” sign on it. I called the telephone number on the sign and asked the owner if he bought it in June of 1971 in Hollywood, and he said “Yes, how did you know?” I guess the car was destined to be mine, for I wrote him a check for $2,600 and the car was finally mine. It had about 60,000 miles on it and was in good shape.
It became my daily driver and a few years later when I drove it into a Plymouth dealer, the sales manager ran over to me and offered me $10,000 for the car. I couldn’t believe that this used car that then had about 90,000 miles on it could be worth that much, but I figured he knew more than I did and did not take his offer.
After the car had 120,000 miles on it I restored it myself. I continued to drive it for another 130,000 miles as my daily driver. Then, at 250,000 miles, I did a second and very thorough restoration that took over 3 years. Today the car is as good as it was the first day I saw it.
1971 Barracudas (all) 18,690 100%
‘Cudas (all) 6,602 35.3%
‘Cuda Convertibles 292 1.56%
383 ‘Cuda Convertibles 87 0.00465%
This exterior/interior color combination 1 of 1
Original Base Price (Before Options) $3,412
Original Price as Configured $4,694
Today’s Value >$100,000
Wheelbase 108 inches
Length 186.6 inches
Height 51.2 inches
Width 74.9 inches
Weight 3,210 lbs
Displacement 383 cubic inches
Horsepower 300 @ 4,800 RPM
Torque 410 lbs @ 3,400 RPM
Compression ratio 9.5
Carburetor 4-BBL Carter ABF 620 CFM
3-speed “Slap Stick” automatic
Axel ratio 3.23