1970 Plymouth Cuda

1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA BACKGROUND
While Plymouth was fully ensconced in the Classic Muscle Car Era and the 1960s Horsepower Wars, it was mostly with an assortment of compact and midsized cars with huge engines stuffed in. Classic muscle car-tech. It's what Chevy did with the Chevelle SS and how Pontiac turned the lowly Tempest into arguably the world's first muscle car, the GTO. Plymouth had done great business turning the compact Valiant into the first Barracuda, and the midsized Belvedere into the Road Runner and GTX. Plymouth occupied the lower-price-tier in the muscle car market, and did very well for themselves. But, the one thing they were lacking was a bona fide Pony Car, to compete with Mustang and Camaro. The early Barracudas were crude attempts at this, very crude, and not nearly what was needed to tap into this huge new market. It took until 1970 for Dodge and Plymouth to launch their first true Pony Cars, the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda. Just in time to hit the peak of the muscle car era in 1970 and to follow it's decline from then on. Most enthusiasts and collectors consider these Mopar twins to be the best Pony Cars to come out of this era. Unfortunately, they just arrived to late to make nearly the impact that they could have, and should have.
1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA DESIGN
The 1970 Plymouth Cuda shared it's E-body platform with the Dodge Challenger, although it rode on a 2-inch shorter wheelbase than the Challenger. Interestingly, even though the Challenger had the longer wheelbase, it was 3-inches shorter than the Cuda. While viewed separately, they appear to be similar, they two sister-cars didn't share a single body panel, and when viewed side-by-side, many differences emerge. Designed by John Herlitz, the new look abandoned the old fastback design in favor of a sporty hardtop with a long hood and short rear deck. It was also available as a convertible. The E-body was actually a modified B-body that had been shortened and widened. Otherwise, it shared all the common hardware out of Chrysler's parts bin. And the new E-body cars were designed from the start to accept every engine Chrysler built, right up to the massive 426 Hemi.

1970 Plymouth Cuda INTERIOR


1970 Plymouth Cuda SPECIFICATIONS

Body style & #

Barracuda

    Price when new

    Production

    Shipping weight

Barracuda Gran Coupe

    Price when new

    Production

    Shipping weight

'Cuda (V8 only)

    Price when new

    Production

    Shipping weight

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Height

Track, front

Track, rear

ENGINE OPTIONS

C-code

G-code

H-code

J-code

L-code

L-code

N-code

U-code

V-code

R-code

2-door Hardtop / BH23


(V8) $2,865

25,651

(V8) 3,025 lbs


(V8) $3,035

8,183

(V8) 3,040 lbs


$3,164

18,880

3,395 lbs

108.0 in / 2743 mm

186.7 in / 4740 mm

74.9 in / 1902 mm

50.9 in / 1293 mm

59.7 / 1516 mm

61.6 in / 1565 mm


225ci OHV I-6 1X1bbl

318ci OHV V8 1X2bbl

340ci OHV V8 1X4bbl

340ci OHV V8 3X2bbl

383ci OHV V8 1X2bbl

383ci OHV V8 1X4bbl

383ci OHV V8 1X4bbl

440ci OHV V8 1X4bbl

440ci OHV V8 3X2bbl

426ci HEMI V8 2X4bbl

2-door Convertible / BH27


(V8) $3,135

1,554

(V8) 3,100 lbs


(V8) $3,260

596

(V8) 3,115 lbs


$3,433

635

3,480 lbs

108.0 in / 2743 mm

186.7 in / 4740 mm

74.9 in / 1902 mm

50.9 in / 1293 mm

59.7 / 1516 mm

61.6 in / 1565 mm


145 hp

230 hp

275 hp

290 hp

290 hp

330 hp

335 hp

375 hp

390 hp

425 hp


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