1970 Plymouth Barracuda AAR
1970 Plymouth Barracuda AARSource: R&H Collectibles
Eastlake, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Posted: 07 Mar 2012
First place, OVERALL, at the ‚Äô08 Mopar Nationals. That‚Äôs right-first place in the senior division, because it took home 2007‚Äôs AAR/T/A trophy and wasn‚Äôt eligible in that class again to keep things fair to others! This AAR, painted in one of my top three favorite Mopar colors, Sassy Grass Green, drives as well as it shows!
We have plenty of paperwork:
Galen Govier report
Original fender tags, as well as reproductions
Complete photo record of restoration
Copies of all receipts
Judging sheets from 2007 & 2008 Mopar Nationals
List of all awards earned in 2007 & 2008
The car took 2009-2010 off to sit in a climate-controlled private collection, moving an insignificant 35 miles since its 'nats win--this car looks as good now as it did then.
Pull the hood pins and gently lift on the hood (not the scoop!) to show the immaculately detailed engine compartment. There's a ton of detail in here! Obviously there are the correct hoses and spark plug wires, and the air filter‚Äôs correct, and the date code correct, T/A motor‚Äôs the right shade of super glossy orange and the compartment itself is gorgeous. Cool little details are everywhere, though, from the correct, dimpled and date coded voltage regulator to the ‚ÄúMADE IN CANADA‚ÄĚ paint stamp on the radiator to the ECS Automotive-sourced wiring harness tags to the date coded Quanta belt. The underside of the hood is matte black (non textured) as original and the wiper motor and other plated parts sparkle.
Best of all, the car runs and drives flawlessly. Starting the car is drama-free, as the car settles to an idle after very little cranking. The carburetors are some of the best-tuned we've ever driven for a six pack, transitioning from part throttle to full with nearly no delay and a huge kick in the pants. The steering box is obviously a rebuilt piece, as there is extremely little free play--that's an almost impossible task on Mopar manual steering setups. The brakes, the best muscle-car era setup Chrysler put in a car (discs up front and 11" drums out back) work as they should, without pulling to one side or grabbing. The transmission shifts great, and the Slap-Stik shifter's adjusted perfectly. Few 'cudas of any caliber work this well!
AARs and T/As have at least two tags, one (or more) for codes and a second tag that says ‚ÄúTRANS AM‚ÄĚ for the A53 package. Here‚Äôs the coded fender tag breakdown:
V6H Y05 26 END
M88 N44 N85 N94 R11
C55 G36 J45 J82 L31 M21
FJ6 A01 A53 A62 B51 C16
FJ6 H6X9 000 331 N02995
E55 D32 BS23 J0B 289xxx
V6X Longitudinal Stripes
Y05 69-70 Build to USA Specs
26 26‚ÄĚ Radiator
END End of codes
M88 Quarter Panel Tape Treatment
N44 Side Exhaust
N94 Fiberglass Fresh Air Hood
R11 AM Radio (2 Watts)
C55 Bucket Seats
G36 OS Dual Racing Mirrors, Painted
J45 Hood Tie Down Pins
J82 Rear Spoiler - Duck Tail
L31 Fender Mounted Turn Signals
M21 Roof drip rail moldings
FJ6 Sassy Grass Green Paint
A01 Light Package
A53 Trans Am Package
A62 Rallye Instrument Cluster Package
B51 Power Brakes
C16 Console w/Woodgrain Panel
FJ6 Sassy Grass Green Paint
H6X9 Black Bucket Seat Interior
000 No Upper Door Frame Paint
331 March 31, 1970 Build Date
N02995 Sequence Number
E55 340 cid 3x2 barrel V8
D32 69-71 Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission
BS23 ‚ÄėCuda Hardtop
J0B 340+6 Engine, 1970 Model Year, Hamtramck Assembly
We put this guy on the lift and were blown away all over again. This is a concours restored car, and not an O.E. certified car. What‚Äôs the difference? Concours cars have protective finishes on everything to preserve the car forever, while O.E. guys spend their lives wiping down unprotected parts with light oil or celebrating surface rust. While there‚Äôs nothing wrong with pursuing assembly line perfection, you‚Äôll have none of that with this car. It will be as gorgeous in 20 years as it is right now, and that‚Äôs impressive. Inspection marks and paint splotches are everywhere, the floor pans are as shiny as the body and the suspension is detailed to level 11. Rallye wheels hold the correct E60-15 front and G60-15 rear tires as the AAR and T/A models were the first production cars in the world to have staggered tire sizes. Also present is the top level suspension with Hemi-spec torsion bars and leaf springs, and front and rear sway bars, and all of it is impeccably done.
Detailing a ‚ÄėCuda 101 continues in the trunk, with the correct space saver spare replete with a white ink stamp tire size and designation residing within. Lifting the correct mat reveals a trunk pan you could eat off of. Plenty of cash was spent replating the taillight housings, the trunk latch and the jack post, too, but when you go this far, go all out!
The interior is simply beautiful. New seats and foams take center stage, accented on the floor by a mint console and redone seat belts with more of ECS‚Äôs tags. A mint dash pad covers the perfect gauges, the steering wheel and column are perfect and everything from the carpet to the headliner isn‚Äôt just new--it‚Äôs installed and working to an unreal standard!
One of 42 known in Sassy Grass Green, the color is as uncommon as it is beautiful, accounting for a mere 4% of known cars! The color works so well on AARs thanks to the blacked out treatments. The paint is a solid 10 out of 10, but the Organisol blows it away. Shiny, perfect paint is hard to achieve, but that textured stuff is nearly impossible to get right, and it‚Äôs very nice here. Blue Star Performance in LaSalle, IL, who restored the car from top to bottom did a magnificent job on the hood, fender and door tops and the rear spoiler. Obviously perfect chrome and stainless compliment the outstanding finish from the AAR-specific grille to the taillight bezels.
If you‚Äôre into Mopars, you either saw this car at the ‚ÄėNats or know someone who was blown away by it. This is arguably the nicest AAR on the planet, in a cool, rare color to boot.
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From WikipediaThe Plymouth Barracuda is a two-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964‚Äď1974. The first-generation Barracuda, a fastback A-body coupe based on the Plymouth Valiant, had a distinctive wraparound back glass and was available from 1964‚Äď1966. The second-generation 1967‚Äď1969 Barracuda, though still Valiant-based, was heavily redesigned. Second-generation A-body cars were available in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions.
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