Barracuda became a
Any resemblance to the Valiant was gone.
The styling was more rounded than anything else in the Chrysler line, and the
new hardtop was especially continental in flavor. Along with the new body came
an engine bay wider by two inches. That was a clue to what
The 1967 Plymouth Barracuda’s engine bay was widened by two inches,
making rooom to fit the big 383- and 440-cid engines.
The base ’67 Barracudas were equipped with the familiar
MoPar slant six engine, while both 273 cubic-inch V-8s remained options. But
Like its predecessors, the ’67 Barracuda had front torsion-bar and rear leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. The firm-riding Formula S package included front disc brakes as well as bigger D70x14 tires.
What couldn’t be fitted, as it turned out, was something the 383 Barracuda desperately needed: power steering. The 383 engine’s exhaust headers occupied the space normally filled by the power steering pump. Trying to park a nose-heavy 383 Barracuda with the standard manual steering was “like trying to dock the Queen Mary,” moaned Car and Driver.
Customers found enough to like, however, and Barracuda sales increased sharply for ’67. Some 94 percent of the 62,534 production total was split about evenly between the fastback and the new hardtop. The new convertible accounted for the balance, with 4228 built.
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