An idea automotive from the peak of the muscle automotive period has reappeared after many years in hiding, and it is headed to public sale.
The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Fast Transit is one in all 4 present vehicles constructed for the Fast Transit System Caravan, which toured auto reveals and automotive dealerships in 1970 and 1971 selling Plymouth’s muscle cars. Saved for over 50 years, it is scheduled to be auctioned off by Mecum in Indianapolis in Could.
Launched as a part of Plymouth’s interval Fast Transit System advert marketing campaign, the Fast Transit System Caravan included a Duster, Street Runner, drag-racing star Don Prudhomme’s Plymouth humorous automotive, and this Barracuda, which was personalized for the tour.
A paint scheme designed by Scorching Wheels artist Harry Bradley is laid over bodywork modified by Chuck Miller, a Detroit-based customized automotive builder who gained the celebrated Rider Award in 1968, and had constructed a life-size model of the then-famous Pink Baron sizzling rod mannequin package earlier than being introduced in to customise the Plymouth.
Working in metal, Miller made a brand new nostril from 4 an identical angled items welded right into a single insert, per the public sale itemizing, in addition to a rolled entrance pan with cut up spoilers and low-mounted driving lights. Facet pipes, metal mud flaps, a pretend parachute, customized taillights, and wheelie bars had been additionally added, together with wider tires and Cragar wheels.
An early-build instance, the Barracuda has a 440-cubic inch V-8 believed to be the engine it left the manufacturing facility with. This extra highly effective engine, which inhales by way of a Shaker hood scoop, would have rated ‘Cuda nomenclature again within the day. Plymouth started utilizing the ‘Cuda identify to indicate efficiency variations of the Barracuda when this technology was launched in 1969.
Following the conclusion of its promotional duties, the personalized ‘Cuda fell off the radar. In line with YouTube channel Auto Archaeology, the automotive went into storage in 1976, and remained hidden till earlier this yr. It is in good situation for such a relic, exhibiting simply 967 miles on the odometer and nonetheless sporting its authentic paint, in line with the public sale itemizing.
Barracudas are a few of the most fascinating muscle vehicles right this moment. One other 1970 instance claimed to be the first Hemi Barracuda was supplied on the market earlier this yr with a $2.2 million asking value. So this well-known one-off may convey critical cash when it crosses the public sale block.