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The Dodge Barracuda may live again

by David Zatz on

The Dodge Barracuda has been an on-and-off car for years, first proposed, then dismissed because even in-company enthusiasts felt a car with modern styling and no cues to the past should not have the Barracuda label.

Being a Dodge did not help, since the original Barracuda was a Plymouth. There were, in fact, two Barracudas — one (“A-body”) based closely on the Valiant and sharing parts from the A-pillar forward, and one (“E-body”) custom-designed to hold the company’s biggest engines, shared with Dodge’s Challenger. The Barracuda was somewhat smaller, in keeping with the brands’ places — Dodge was above Plymouth, in price and usually in size, until the 1970s.

Now, a Dodge Barracuda has again been shown to dealers. We were told it was like a “7/8 version of the new Dodge Charger,” and will be sold in coupe and convertible form. It was smaller than the Challenger and had modern styling.

This car may still not reach production — it’s a big “if” — and if it does, it will likely not be until around the year 2020.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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