Saturday, November 17, 2012

Plymouth Barracuda - 1971

PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA ....




Plymouth is a brand of automobile manufactured by the automaker Chrysler in the United States from 1928 to 2001. The name " Plymouth "was founded in 1928 by Walter P. Chrysler Chrysler Group to expand by giving customers access to a new popular face competition from Ford and Chevrolet urgent. Plymouth knows its heyday in the 1940s, but especially in 1950 and 1960 when the brand is in third place in terms of production volume behind Ford and Chevrolet. Then she loses more and more popular in the 1970s and 1980s to become a registered almost marginal in the 1990s. End of 1999, the Chrysler Group is announcing the imminent disappearance of Plymouth finally cease all production in 2001 ....


The Plymouth Barracuda is a sporty coupe manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler. The first model was released on 1 April 1964, a few weeks before it will be his tougher competitor, the Ford Mustang. It will be quickly crushed in sales by its direct competitors, the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. She does not know a real critical success until 1970, after which it becomes a symbol processing power. The first generation Barracuda was based on the chassis "A-Body" of the Dodge Dart or Plymouth Valiant family. Moreover, she was sold initially as a version of the Valiant, and she had also the same engines and had even logos and insignia. The stunning Plymouth Barracuda was clearly young and dynamic baby boom then U.S. ....


The unusual second generation Plymouth Barracuda , though still based on the chassis "A-Body" is completely redesigned and is now even available in coupe fastback and convertible also. This is the very beginning of the glorious muscle cars, Plymouth then decided to bring more engines and especially more power. The new package "Formula S" includes a reinforced suspension, a tachometer, wider tires and more specific decorations in the air. In fact, everything is to try to increase as much as possible the sporting side of the car must touch his heart target. In this light, the car may be equipped with a plethora of more powerful engines together with other transmissions also adapted to the debauchery and power differentials and locking bridges the customer's choice. In the end, through the options, it was possible to control its own Plymouth Barracuda exactly as we had dreamed of ....


For the third generation Plymouth Barracuda , the firm designs a complete overhaul of the car, and the Barracuda is no longer based on the aging A-Body chassis, but the new chassis E-Body more sporty Dodge Challenger. Clearly inspired by the line of Coca-Cola bottle of the Chevrolet Camaro, the new chassis E-Body wants much more attractive as lighter and more rigid, it offers improved handling and a variety of mechanical adaptations greater. However, sales will never be at the level of previous despite these technical developments supposed to make the car more attractive. In fact, due to the new regulations at the time and also the prospect of the first oil shock ensues the loss of the most powerful and the beginning of the end for muscle cars. The Plymouth Barracuda will disappear from the catalog no longer be a model Vintage Classic collection ....


Regarding the engine of the Plymouth Barracuda , the choice was rather provided. In fact, a lot of engines are available, all V8 house a dozen versions from 3.2 liters to 7.2 liters. The mechanical power developed by these ranges from 150 to no less than 425 horsepower, enough to provide performance rather honorable. Food was provided according to the engine carburetor two or four bodies. As for the transmission, you could opt for a manual gearbox or also for all automatic. Specifically for the competition, Plymouth asked to prepare a Dan Gurney 'Cuda capable of meeting the requirements of the SCCA, the' Cuda AAR (AAR means All American Racing). It is equipped with the V8 340 Six Barrel it (3 carburetor body double line) produces 460 horsepower with 4975 cm3 under Regulation Championship Trans Am ....


Specifications:


  • Engine: V8

  • Displacement: 7.2 Liters

  • Power: 425 hp

  • Torque: 450 Nm at 5500 t / mn

  • Speed: 192 km / h

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