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1969 Plymouth Barracuda 440 Coupe

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About This 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

Posted: 28 Nov 2005

A lot of you do not even know these cars ever existed! Those of you who do will truly appreciate this perfect example of an ultra-rare vehicle! The 1969 Plymouth 'Cuda 440! Many of you know the 'M Code' vehicles to be the 1969 ½ Super Bee and Road Runner Lift-Off Hood cars only. But the 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 Special Package vehicles were 'M Code' cars as well! In perhaps the ultimate shoehorn job of all time, Plymouth shoved their 440 Magnum engine in the tiny A-Body Barracuda. This was also the first year of the high performance version of the Barracuda, officially called ''Cuda' by Plymouth. It is a name that stuck and has become Muscle Car legend. The 'Cuda 440 Special Package, as it was called, was considered a Factory Race Car and was covered by a restricted 12 month / 12,000 mile Warranty. Customers were required to sign numerous release forms and Warranty papers to even take delivery of these beasts. Only 360 cars were built. There is no known breakdown as to how many were Coupes and how many were Fastbacks per Galen Govier. This vehicle is registered as #8 of 67 known to exist in the Chrysler Registry! All were equipped with the A727 Torqueflight automatic transmission. Additional equipment in the 'Cuda 440 Special Package included Console, Bucket Seats, 3.55 Sure Grip Rear Axle, Heavy Duty Suspension (HD Torsion Bars, HD Leaf Springs, Front Sway Bar), Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers, 1' Diameter front and rear, 14' x 5.5' Heavy Duty Steel Wheels, E70 x 14 Wide Boot Red-Streak tires, Dual Hood Scoops and Tape Stripes in Black, Lower Body Stripes in Black, Black Grille and 'Cuda 440 callouts. Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Power Brakes or Disc Brakes were not available with the 'Cuda 440. Undercoat delete, Sound Deadening delete and Radio delete! Pure bare-bones muscle! The vehicle before you is the best documented and the finest example of this rare breed in the world! It is as close as you will ever get to owning a brand new 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 Fastback. A stunning (B5) Blue Fire Metallic Blue exterior surrounds a flawless Blue interior. This vehicle is a 4-owner car with only 28,922 documented original miles and is 100% Numbers Matching from end to end and top to bottom. 100% all original sheet metal! The ownership chain is as follows: The first owner was Daniel W. Richards, a USMC Officer who purchased the car on February 19th, 1969 from Johnson Chrysler Plymouth in New Bern, North Carolina. Richards traded the car to Padgett Motors in North Carolina in February of 1971. The second owner, Troy Padgett, purchased the car for himself from his dealership, making the paperwork out to his wife Christine Padgett on February 16th, 1971. Just three days short of the 3rd anniversary of this car's initial retail sale, oddly enough! The third owner, Edwin Patterson of Broadway North Carolina, purchased the car from Troy Padgett on February 22nd, 1990. Notice the date is exactly 3 days after the car's 21st birthday! The fourth owner, Tom Wenstadt, purchased the car from Patterson in 1999. Tom is the founder of the 'Cuda 440 Registry and is a well respected authority on 'Cuda 440 cars. Upon Tom Wenstadt's purchase, he proceeded to do a full Concourse level Rotisserie Restoration. Stripped to bare metal, the body of the car was found to be 100% rust and accident free, a testament to the care it had received through the years. Every component was restored, rebuilt, and detailed to look and function as new. Tom succeeded, as the car stands as an incredible example of an ultra-rare Muscle Car. It is truly a weapon! Nothing will shove you back in the seat like 375 HP and 480 Ft. Lbs of torque in a little A Body car! Paperwork? Perhaps the most incredible aspect of this car is the documentation. It has paperwork some people have never even seen, such as the 4 page 'Cuda 440 Warranty that was supposed to be signed and sent back to Chrysler but that Richards failed to sign and left the dealership with! There is supporting documentation for every title transfer and sale, the original Broadcast Sheet, the original 'Special Car Order' form, the original Warranty book stamped with 'Superseded by the 'Cuda 440' Special Warranty', the Window Sticker version of the Special Warranty that was never applied, the original Owner's Manual and full Galen Govier documentation. Perhaps the most interesting document found in the car was the 'Special Car Order' form found under the carpet in the floorboard behind the driver's seat. It is dated 1-9-69 at the top. The plant approval signature on the bottom was made on 1-16-69. A handwritten 1-17 was penned near the lower right hand corner. The vehicle is listed as 'Order No. 1'. The 'Vehicle Order Number' 920136 shows up twice on this document and is also listed on the fender tag and Broadcast Sheet. Again, Mopar Muscle Car Collectors, Wake Up!!!



Specs & Details

Exterior Color: blue
Interior Color: blue
Engine: 8
Transmission: auto
Miles Driven: 28922

Source: Steve's Killer Bees

San Marcos, California, U.S.A.
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