Chrysler Corporation vehicles in 1967
The standard-performance 383 moved to a new two-barrel carburetor that featured smaller venturis (by 1/4 of an inch, down to 1.125 inches) for better gas mileage and quicker low-end response; it also had a longer-duration cam for the same purpose. The 383 was popular among budget racers because it ran well on regular gas.
The 440, introduced in 1966, was given a less restrictive intake and exhaust thanks to a new head casting, and a hotter 440 was introduced with a hot cam, high-capacity four-barrel carb, low restriction exhaust manifolds, new heads with bigger valves, and dual exhaust; it required, and got, a special heavy duty suspension as standard equipment. The hot 440 was called 440 TNT on Chrysler cars, 440 Magnum on Dodge cars; Plymouth cars could have it, too. Magnum 440s received a double snorkel air cleaner and an engine dress-up package.
On the other end of the V8 engine scale was a new 318. It looked little different from the 273 V8 introduced for the mid- 1964 Valiant and it did, in fact share the same heads and other external components. Internally the new LA-block 318 carried the same crankshaft, rods and pistons as the old A-block introduced in 277 and 303 cubic inch forms in 1956. Externally, it used the same water pump. (The 273 itself remained unchanged.) The 318 also had wedge-shaped, rather than polyspherical, heads, and used hydraulic tappets to be quieter and require less adjustment. Horsepower was the same as the old 318.
The base 170 slant six engine pushed out 115 gross horsepower (a 14 hp increase over 1966, due to a hotter cam from the 225 cid slant six, which put out 145 hp).
The Torqueflite automatic transmission gained a new 1/3-pedal kickdown, so it didn't have to be floored for acceleration and felt much more energetic, especially with the slant six.
The engine list was 170 slant-six (115 hp), 225 slant-six (145 hp), 273 V8 (180 hp), 318 (230 hp), 383 (270-325 hp), 440 (350-375 hp), and Hemi (425 hp). All horsepower ratings are gross - today’s power ratings are (and have been since 1972) net. The slant six and 318 would lose about 50 hp going from gross to net; the Hemi stayed the same.
Chrysler cars: Newport, 300, and New Yorker
The Newport, 300, and New Yorker - Chrysler's three big cars - were restyled with concave curves on their sides, an unusual styling decision. They also had a new grille, as one would expect, and new tail lamps. The three Chryslers were all restyled to look “more different,” though their shapes were all still similar enough to be identifiable as variations on a theme.
The Newport Custom was added to the lineup, with more upmarket interior and exterior trim, in four-door sedan and two or four door hardtop models; it featured, among other changes, black paint inserts on the lower body molding and unique deck lid trim. The interiors had two-tone vinyl door panels, better fabric, and folding armrests.
A four door sedan with four windows replaced the six window New Yorker Town Sedan; the Newport four-door sedan was dropped. Inside, a 50/50 divided front seat with individually adjustable sides for driver and pasenger were available as an option; the passenger side seat back came with a headrest and could recline to 70°.
One of the big changes for 1967 that went deeper than the skin was the addition of basic safety items, some of which had been optional but were now standard. These included a remote-control rear-view mirror (and a passenger side remote mirror on wagons), better front and rear seat belts, and seat belts for the third seat on applicable wagons. Primitive shoulder belts were an option; these folded into roof clips but did not adjust automatically and needed to be attached in a separate movement after the waist-belt was snapped in, and then restricted movement once in place. The bolts for these belts were added to each car, whether they were ordered or not, so they could be retrofitted later. Center-seat belts were optional, but again the bolts were put into each car so they could be retrofitted.
Other safety features included a dual braking system with a warning light, inside rear-view mirror, four-way emergency flashers, and impact absorbing / breakaway gearshift knob, steering column, and instrument panel.
The 300 was given an optional four-speed manual transmission with a heavy duty rear axle (not available on ragtops). Disc brakes and 15 inch wheels were optional on all vehicles, standard on the Town & Country wagons.
Wheelbase on the Chryslers was 124 inches (wagons 122 inches). The overall length ranged from 219 to 223 inches, and width was 79 inches. Turning circle was a generous 43-44 feet, not surprisingly. Engines ranged from the 383 with 270 gross horsepower to the 440 TNT with 375 gross horsepower. All had an independent front torsion-bar suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension with solid axle. Weight ranged from 4,120 to 4,725 pounds (wagon heaviest). Gas tanks (except wagons) held 25 gallons - in today's prices about $70 a tank!
Dodge: Dart, Coronet, 440, 500, Charger, Polara, Monaco,
The Dart was reskinned for 1967, with angular convex sides and new front and rear treatments. Dart wagons disappeared and the convertible was only available in GT trim. The Dart was made more rigid thanks to more strengthening members, with reinforced steel bows for the hardtop roof. As an extended version of the Valiant, the Dart rode on an extended wheelbase, the largest of any compact in the industry - 111 inches, allowing for good legroom. Body styles included four door sedans, and two door hardtops as well as the two door convertible GT, which was given a glass backlight in 1967 to replace the troublesome plastic used in the past. (The GT was also given black headliner and a stamped steel roof frame that folded away). Optional wide tires forced a two inch increase in track for clearance, and the bodies were lowered, giving the Dart a sportier stance.
Standard engine was not surprisingly the smallest slant six, pushing out 115 gross horsepower (a 14 hp increase over 1966, due to a hotter cam from the 225 cid slant six, which put out 145 hp); it was more responsive with the automatic due to a new 1/3-pedal kickdown, so it didn't have to be floored for acceleration. The small 273 V8 continued unchanged in two and four barrel carburetor versions. The alternator was lightened, with better waterproofing on engine wiring. The Dart ran to 70 inches wide, with a 39 foot turning circle and a hefty 2,840 - 3,100 pounds of weight. As with all Chrysler Corp vehicles of the time, it had a torsion bar front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension with a solid axle.
The Coronet series, meanwhile, was available as Coronet, Coronet Deluxe, 440, 500, SE, and R/T. The overstyled sides, with several bevels, were an interesting contrast, but the only really new styling was in the grilles, deck trim, and fender-mounted turn signals. These cars were very big in the taxi business - it’s easy to forget that they were sometimes the best selling taxis - where they tended to have a 225 cid slant six installed for gas mileage. Optional engines included the 273 V8 (180 hp, gross), 318 (230 hp), 383 (270-325 hp), 440 (375 hp and only on R/T), and Hemi (425 hp). The R/T — named with permission of Road & Track magazine — had a false hood scoop and a unique grille along with a standard 440 Magnum engine (440 TNT on Chryslers) and handling package. The SE was a four door upmarket sedan competing with the upmarket 500.
The Charger was essentially a Coronet with a restyled back end, from the door to the tail, in a move that would be replicated, with much greater success, on the Duster. The Charger actually appeared in 1966, but 1967 brought a much larger choice of engines, including the new, much lighter 318 (LA rather than A) with "special furan cores" used in the heads and block; the 440 Magnum (TNT); and the Hemi. The Sure-Grip differential was standard with the four-speed manual. The front seats were given a center section so that, with armrests put away, it could carry five people, with optional no-cost split seats and short console; the rear seat folded flat for 7 feet of cargo. The dashboard boasted full instrumentation, and a huge number of performance options were available. Charger had of course the same basic dimensions as the Coronet and weighed in at around 3,630 pounds.
The big Dodges - Polara and Monaco - rode a 122 inch wheelbase, not much longer than the Coronet series’ 117 inches, and not much shorter than the Chryslers’ 124 inches. Length was 219-221 inches as with the similar Chrysler models. The bodies featured, depending on the model, convex, concave, and convex-to-concave side styling; the Polara and Monaco both grew six inches longer than in the previous year, but more of an attempt was made to differentiate the models. Every V8 engine in the Chrysler lineup was available for the Polara and Monaco; disc brakes were available across the board on these models, and were standard on wagons.
The instrument panels on the Polara and Monaco were redesigned to cluster common controls together, and to eliminate projecting knobs for safety in a crash, replacing them with pushbuttons, toggle switches, thumb wheels, and slides. The instrument panel was recessed as well, and the dashboard painted with nonglare paint. Weatherstripping was improved by fastening the rubber to the doors with plastic fasteners going into predrilled holes, rather than having it hanging off the door frame. Flow-through ventilation was standard, with air changing four times a minute. Weight ran to around 4,000 - 4,500 pounds.
The Dodge A-100 Sportsman van continued with a 90 inch wheelbase and surprising interior space.
The Jeep Universal - the body style later to be known as CJ and Wrangler - was available with 81 or 101 inch wheelbases, two or four wheel drive, and a choice of two engines.
Across AMC cars, new engines were introduced - a 290 V8 (brought out in mid-1966 for the Rambler American) with 200 hp, and a pair of 343 cubic inch V8s, with 235 and 280 hp, with the higher power version having a four-barrel Carter carb and higher compression; the 343 was a bored 290. Two straight-six engines were also offered, a 145 hp and a 155 hp 232, and the automatic transmission gained automatic altitude compensation. AMC cars also offered deep-dip rustproofing and ceramic coated exhaust systems for longer life.
The Ambassador received new styling inside and out, with clean convex sides and an uncluttered appearance on the outside. The wheelbase increased two inches from the prior year, overall length 2.5 inches, for a total 118 inch wheelbase and 202.5 inch length; weight was 3,155 to 3,310 pounds, light for its class. Eight models were made, with major designations of 880, 990, and DPL. The old torque tube drive line was replaced by an open driveshaft and one-piece rear housing use coil springs and a four-link trailing-arm suspension, uncommon for American cars, and providing a softer ride and easier maintenance. The front suspension used coil springs mounted over the upper A-arm and a sway bar. Wagons gained a folding second seat and a spare tire, along with more room for third seat passengers and more locking storage space. The DPL featured plush upholstery and even had throw pillows.
As with the Chrysler vehicles, AMC refitted dashboards to be safer, with instruments in front of the driver, a padded panel top, and removal of protruding knobs and buttons; AMC had already added a brake warning light in 1962, but the collapsible steering column, four-way flashers, and automatic turn signal return were new.
The Rambler series included three basic series: 220/440/Rogue, Marlin, and 550/770/SST. The 220/440/Rogue was similar to 1966, but six cylinder models got bigger brakes and better automatics; the 290 V8 was made optional, and a three speed manual replaced the four-speed manual as the standard transmission. Interiors were freshened with the safety features mentioned earlier added. This series had a 106 inch wheelbase and 181 inch length.
The Marlin moved to the Ambassador chassis, and Ambassador changes apply to the Marlin. The 550/770/SST, with a 114 inch wheelbase and 197-198 inch length, included a wagon version, and were all new for 1967, with a new body and rear suspension. This series naturally gained the safety features mentioned earlier, as well as 2 inches more rear set leg room, 2 inches more shoulder room, and another 20 feet of cargo space for the wagon. Shoulder belt anchors were now standard for dealer installed shoulder belts. Split bench front seats with separate adjustments were standard. The new open driveshaft and Ambassador-style rear suspension - unsually advanced by American car standards of the time - were also used.
Plymouth in 1967: Plymouth with a Heart (Fury, Belvedere, GTX, Valiant, Barracuda
The cute little heart with its arrow-tipped tail was everywhere in Plymouth's advertising that year. Done up in the Mod Art style in vogue at the time, it suggested that, cupid-like, Plymouth's heart was reaching out to win your own. If you were an owner of a competitive make--especially if that competitive make's name was Pontiac, holder of the third place in sales Plymouth so coveted--Plymouth was out to win you over.
For the first time in its 39 year history, Plymouth was offering four lines, three of them completely redesigned. Plymouth, confident it could fulfill its advertising pledge, was all set to win.
Plymouth Fury: Fast-Top, Formal Roof, Flow-Through...
The flagship of the Plymouth line was due for its first restyle. After wresting styling leadership from General Motors in 1957, Chrysler had tried it again in 1962 but with nearly disastrous results. From then on Chrysler more or less conceded styling leadership and followed the General's lead.
When Plymouth's updated full-sized car finally appeared in 1965, it bore the long straight lines and square corners that sold a lot of cars for General Motors in the early sixties. Ironically, at the same time, G.M. switched to a curvaceous flowing style. With the usual three-year lead time necessary in designing a car, Chrysler would have been unable to respond to the new style by 1967 even if it wanted to. But it did "want to" enough to soften the lines introduced in 1965.
The Engle trademark knife edge running along the fender tops from front to rear was still there but with a kickup over the rear wheels interrupting the straight line. The tops of the front fenders were slanted inward which, together with a similar indentation in the bumper, surrounded the headlamps. These headlamps remained stacked vertically, a style that was becoming outmoded. Introduced by Pontiac in 1963, it was abandoned by its Grand Prix in 1967 and the rest of the line (and Ford too) in 1968. Plymouth and American Motors' Ambassador followed suit in 1969.
At the rear, the flat trunk lid displayed an interesting "beak" at its center (or was it a vestigial boat-tail reminiscent of the speedsters of the Thirties?). Under the lid ran a taillight panel from side to side. On the upper scale VIP, Sport Fury and Fury III cars this panel was nearly filled with taillights (three per side with the middle segments containing back-up lights). The section right under the beak contained aluminum trim that bore red reflective material when mounted on VIP and Sport Fury cars and was plain when installed on Fury IIIs. The lower line Furys I and II bore two segments per side with the inner lenses bearing the standard backup lights.
The body sculpting of the previous two years was replaced by slab sides which were broken up by larger wheel openings and a full-length indentation at bumper level. No rear fender skirts were offered in '67. Instead, the wheel openings of the Sport Fury were outlined with bright moldings. On the VIP they were highlighted by a wide trim molding running from front bumper to rear. The only sheet metal to remain from 1965-66 was found on the sedan and station wagon roofs.
Standard hardtop featured parallel C-pillars; Fury III.prototypes--as shown on one brochure picture--bore an unchanged '65-66 roof. However, by production time the triangular lines of the C-pillar became parallel. Standard on the VIP and optional on the Sport Fury was a new Fast-Top. With wide C-pillars and Barracuda-like rear side windows, it gave the appearance of a fastback. Instead of meeting the rear deck with a definite crease as did the standard hardtop, the Fast-Top joined it with a gentle curve.
The four-door hardtop's roof was also redesigned to completely surround the rear window, giving it a more luxurious formal appearance that was especially desirable for the upscale VIP. Also shared with the Fury III. the roof on that car was not met by little triangular trim pieces mounted on the rear doors. At the base of the rear windows of both the four-door hardtop and Fast-Top was a vent not unlike that found on the front cowl. This was the exit vent for the newly introduced Flow-Through ventilation system. Entering at the cowl, air would fully change four times a minute at 60 mph with no sensation of wind movement. Then it exited through a vacuum-controlled valve and out the rear vents. Though ingenious, the system did not prove to be very popular or useful. Owners of the upper scaled cars on which Flow-Through was installed tended to prefer air conditioning.
The new driver-oriented dash featured Safe/Flite instrumentation that was lit by external floodlighting (an old concept from the early days of the automobile refined to be more effective than inside-the-instrument lighting). Toggle or roller switches lessened the possibility of injury of occupants not belted in. For those who were, optional shoulder belts were offered, as were headrests. The standard crushable steering column could be topped with Tilt-a-Scope steering providing both tilt and fore-and-aft adjustability. In addition to AM and FM-AM radios the brochure says "the real connoisseur may choose a Stereo 8 tape cartridge player and rear seat speaker."
Furys I and II had two taillight segments per side; with backup lights in the inner lenses. A the top end of the Fury engine lineup was a new 375 hp 440 replacing the 365 hp 440 first introduced the previous year. The extra ten horses came from heads redesigned with smoother passages and bigger valves. Actually designed for the new Belvedere GTX, the heads were given to the Fury as well. The 440 engines installed in station wagons produced "only" 350 horsepower.
The new LA 318 engine was standard for all VIPs and Sport Furys and the Fury II and III hardtops and convertibles. The 225 Slant Six was the standard powerplant for all Fury I, II and III sedans.
Belvedere: GTX 440...
Not much change here except for three little letters...plus three letters: GTX 440. But that was enough!
All new the previous year, the Belvedere was in line for not much more than trim changes. The only sheet metal variation for 1968 was found on the trunk lid where a concave indentation ran from taillight to taillight matching the same shape of the new lenses.
The remaining changes were limited to trim such as an argent painted lower panel on the Satellites (in the same fashion as on the '66 Signet). The single headlamps of 1966 were exchanged for duals, with the high beams taking the place of the previous year's parking lights, which were moved down to the bumper.
There were two new Belvederes, one each at the bottom and top of the price scale. With the demise of its Valiant wagon, Plymouth attempted to replace it with the Belvedere wagon. They managed to get the price close to the most expensive Valiant wagons, and it did outsell the prior Belvedere I wagon, but it wasn’t a compact. The Belvedere wagon was stopped after one year.
But on to the three letters. They were in reply to questions used by people like Hot Rod Magazine's Eric Dahlstrom: "How will you tell it's a hemi?" One possible problem with the Street Hemi, the most powerful engine to come out of Detroit in 1966, was that it was installed in cars that, except for discrete 'HEMI' badges, looked no different from those powered by 318s and slant sixes. "It pays to advertise," claimed Dahlstrom, and that's what Plymouth did for '67.
The two-door hardtop body was outfitted with fiberglass simulated hood scoops and optional racing stripes, a blacked out grille, and a racing style pop open gas cap on the rear fender. Inside was a 150 mph speedometer and optional tachometer, unfortunately mounted out of the way on the center console.
Standard engine for the GTX was the 440. Chrysler prepared the engine for its first appearance in a mid-sized car by raising its horsepower rating from the 365 hp it produced for the 1966 full-sized cars to 375 via heads redesigned for bigger valves.
The optional engine was actually 14 cubic inches smaller but with its legendary Hemi heads, dual four-barrel carbs and slightly higher compression ratio, the 426 Hemi produced 50 more horsepower. It was also a bit less "streetable," making the 440 a more practical choice. Hemis were installed in 125 GTXs, 14 in convertibles (10 with Torqueflite; 7 with four speed transmissions) and 108 in hardtops (48 Torqueflites; 60 four speeds).
Road testers had a field day determining which would win out: cubic inches or horsepower. ("Aw shucks, somebody's got to do it!") Generally they discovered that the Hemi would win on the quarter mile but since the 440's 480 ft. lbs. of torque peaked at 3200 rpm and its 375 hp at 4800 rpm while the Hemi had to wait until it reached 4000 rpm for its 490 ft. lbs. of torque and 5000 rpm for its 425 hp, a race was often tight and a well-driven, well-tuned 440 could beat a Hemi on any given race. The Hemi was available only in the GTX in 1967, unlike the previous year when it could theoretically be installed in any Belvedere. Some sources claim that the Hemi was available across the Belvedere line in 1967 as it was in '66. (One Hemi, in fact, was actually factory installed in a 1966 Coronet four-door sedan!)
A good number of 1966 buyers went for all-go-and-no-show, spending their hard earned cash on a Hemi engine installed in a lowly stripped-down two-door sedan body. To get the same engine in 1967, the buyer had to pay for the fancy GTX body. This situation left many "little guys" out in the cold, hemi wise. Thus, while 1510 Hemi-powered Belvederes were sold in 1966, only 125 were produced in 1967. The availability of the 440 took away some Hemi sales; the lack of a low-bucks body took the rest. This problem Plymouth would address with a vengeance in 1968. (Hint? "Beep-Beep!")
There was, in fact, one non-GTX Hemi-powered Plymouth available in 1967. Not many were seen because it was sold only to select drag racing teams. It featured lightweight front end components and a higher output hemi engine. Although designed strictly for off-street use, some of the cars did, according to some reports, did appear on the streets.
No matter what its engine, the GTX was a car, said Car Craft magazine's Dick Scritchfield, "that can be driven to the strip and back home again...with a trophy!
Valiant: Mini Mercedes?
A mini Mercedes is what Plymouth product planners were calling it, according to Hot Rod's writers. The claim reveals something about the Valiant people's thinking as they designed the car. Unlike its sibling Dodge Dart, the Valiant had no sporty hardtops or convertibles for '67; those bodies having been moved to the new Barracuda line. Thus the Valiant was slated to be the corporate "formal" compact, a mini Mercedes [but with higher quality - ed.], if you will.
As a low line V -100, the Valiant looked like the economy vehicle compacts were originally intended to be. But when decked out with vinyl roofs, rubber edged bumper guards and bright trim on the window frames, wheel wells, rocker panels and trunk lid as on the upscale Signet, it did take on the aura of a junior luxury car.
"The new styling did not have a fast or powerful 'look,' but was graceful," said the late Plymouth historian Don Butler, "a combination of crisp beveled edges, angular but gently-crowned planes, and subtle contour sculpting." Hot Rod said it was "perform every angle."
The divided grilles were separated by a filigreed Plymouth emblem, the taillights followed the rear contours. wrapping up onto the fender tops, and tile side windows featured the first use of curved glass on a compact. Although its overall length was unchanged, Valiant's wheelbase was stretched two inches to 108, the same as the new Barracuda platform. The body was also widened two inches, also matching the Barracuda dimensions.
There were just two Valiant models, the 100 and the Signet. Through 1966 the latter was either a hardtop or convertible. For '67 it was "just" a sedan with either two or four doors. However, with the above mentioned trim and optional bucket scats and a possible four-on-the-floor if equipped with a V8, it could relive some of its past glory, most of which went over to the Barracuda line.
There was a Valiant 200 but technically it was a decor option for the 100 offering full-length bright body moldings, a interior mid-range between the 100 and the Signet plus a greater choice of interior and paint colors than available on the 100. For the first time, no wagon version of the Valiant was available. Plymouth, for one year, vainly attempted to replace it with a stripped-down Belvedere wagon.
Engine choices remained: 170 and 225 Slant Sixes and 180 hp and 235 hp 273 V8s, the latter being the four barrel 273 Commando, likely a rare option for tile new "formal" compact.
Barracuda: On its Own...
Although last introduced (Nov. 25, more than two months after the other Plymouths' Sept. 19 introduction), Barracuda was hardly least. "Unquestionably the best-looking car in 1967," said Car and Driver. "One of the toughest looking cars this year," said Hot Rod's Eric Dahlquist, "probably the best composite of lines and curves ever issued from Chrysler...why in the world didn't they let these designers loose a lot of years ago?"
The new Barracuda, the product of the design team of Plymouth Chief Stylist Dick McAdam, represented Chrysler's first application of the flowing-curves style introduced by General Motors in 1965. It was the perfect candidate because, unlike the other Plymouth lines for '67, Barracuda didn't have a sedan to compromise its sporty styling. The first generation Barracuda was basically the opposite, a fastback roof grafted on a Valiant body. After three seasons, Barracuda was on its own, the hardtop coupe and convertible that had been Valiant's were moved over to the new Barracuda line.
The fastback, nevertheless, remained the flagship of the Barracuda line. Indeed, the new Barracuda seemed purposely designed for the fastback style and, in a reversal of 1964, the hardtop and convertible seemed afterthoughts. With the three body styles, Barracuda matched Mustang, which had been marketing hardtops, fastbacks, and convcrtibles since 1965. However, Plymouth decided not to match Mustang's long-hood-short-deck dimensions that had also been adopted by the new-for-'67 Cougar, Camaro and Firebird.
For all its new good looks, the Barracuda suddenly seemcd a bit out of style. Although it was separated from the Valiant line, Barracuda still shared Valiant's chassis, cowl, and windshield, which not only dictated its fore-and-aft dimensions but also its height. A driver sat higher in a Barracuda than in its competitors, comfortably practical but not as sporty.
Ironically, it had been Plymouth which had championed the long-hood/short-deck style on its 1960 Valiant and 1962 Plymouth. But after the sales disaster of 1962, it was quickly abandoned, only to be pickcd up by Ford's Mustang two years later. When Barracuda finally adopted the accepted sporty car dimensions in 1970, its profile appeared similar to that of the '67 Camaro while, in another irony, the new 1970 Camaro sported a fastback roof that seemed to be a direct copy from the '67 Barracuda. Had the '67 Barracuda had been designed in the long-hood, short-deck style, General Motors might never have introduced its 1970 Camaro/Firebird for fear of accusations of blatant plagiarism!
Buyers, too, seemed to agree that the Barracuda was designed to be a fastback. The Sports Fastback (as Plymouth officially called it) nearly matched the sales of the Hardtop Coupe (also official nomenclature) and convertible combined. Although welcome additions to the Barracuda line, the latter two, with their high cowls and conventional hood and deck dimensions, seemed to be more sporty compacts than sporty car competitors to Mustang, et al. .
''If they'd only put a 383 in it,' the auto editors chorused when we first saw the car," wrote Eric Dahlquist "'It would fit, too; the body's two inches wider than in '66, but they probably won't. You know Chrysler.''
They didn't know Chrysler very well, Dahlquist had to confess, because "that's exactly what they went and did." The two extra inches provided just enough room for a 383 under the Barracuda's hood. Restrictive exhaust manifolding helped keep its horsepower down to 280, compared to its 325 hp counterpart in the bigger Plymouths. (The 325 hp version apparently did become available in the Barracuda later in the model year.) The big engine left room for neither air conditioning nor the power steering that would have been especially welcome in such a front-heavy car. And changing spark plugs on a hot engine was "almost suicidal" according to Dahlquist.
1967 Plymouth in Canada
The Canada-United States Auto Pact, which allowed fully built ears to cross the border either way, duty free, was in its second full year by 1967. The Belvedere line, built only in the U.S., was one car taking advantage of the pact, crossing the border on the way to Canadian dealers. The Fury line, together with other full sized Chrysler products, was built at the Chrysler Canada Windsor plant and continued to show differences from its U.S. counterpart.
The most significant differences appeared under the hood of 318-powered cars. Instead of the new LA-small block, Canadian '67s still used the old A wide block 318, though Allan reported that they had hydraulic lifters for the first time in this year. Also, all Furys except the Fury III three-seat wagon could be ordered with slant six power, even the convertible.
Other uniquely Canadian models included a Fury I three-seat V8 wagon (77 were built), a Fury II two-seat six cylinder wagon, and a Fury II two-door hardtop (2,405 were sold).
1967 Plymouth Production: Better, but still fourth...
A shallow drop in the U.S. economy in led to a 13.9% drop in passenger car production for thc calendar year. Chrysler fared slightly better than most, dropping only 5.7%, thereby increasing its share of industry production. Plymouth managed to keep its dccrease to no more than 4.7% by cutting into Ford, Chevrolet, and Rambler sales.
Yes, Plymouth did win a few over. But Pontiac was still in third place.