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.



Production Data

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


                Cylinders                                    8

                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  



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