Plymouth Barracuda is surely one out of the most beloved muscle cars ALL THESE years. As Chrysler regains its reputation once again, it is no doubt that their upcoming models CAN ALSO BE a hit. We shouldn’t also be surprised if they turn out to be game changers again but before anything else, let’s go back to the days where it all started for Chrysler as we take a peek on its past.
Before, several well-known muscle cars were branded from the Plymouth Division but it reached the point when it had to take a halt. The Barracuda was one of their best models, and it is characterized as smaller cars with a large displacement engine. It combined all of the significant traits of a muscle car.
The ‘Nash Bridges’ Show
Even though its production was halted in 1974, the Barracuda remained in the memories and hearts of its fans. Back in 1996, it was a real pleasure for the fans when the television hit series called “Nash Bridges,” show a Barracuda convertible weekly.
Throughout the six seasons of the show, Nash Bridges (starred by Don Johnson) and his partner, Joe Dominguez (played by Cheech Marin) roamed along the streets of San Francisco while riding Nash’s yellow Barracuda. Their primary goal in the show was to solve crimes.
The ‘Curious Yellow’ ‘Cuda Convertible – 1970 Barracuda
After the TV series ended in 2001, four similar ‘Curious Yellow’ ‘Cuda Convertibles were left around the studio lot. We will talk about the 1970 Barracuda which was supposedly the #1 film car. It was equipped by a 426 cu in Hemi V8 which can produce up to more than 425 hp. The car was initially powered by a 340 cu in V8 before it was restored by the renowned “movie land car czar,” Frank Bennetti.
This ‘1970 Cuda was Don Johnson’s favorite.
Before the car was restored for the TV series, it already went through several extensive restorations from its previous owner. Its original manual transmission was replaced by a four-speed slushbox. According to the seller’s posting, this is the only genuine ‘Cuda among the four film cars since the other three were 318s. Actually, all of the cars in the show were 1970 models fitted with 1971 features. This ‘Cuda was among the 85 four-speed 340 convertibles that were manufactured in 1970. During its preparation for TV duty, Bennetti swapped the 340 with a 360 cu in V8. He also converted it back to its original four-speed manual along with the pistol grip shifter. There were still other modifications such as a 1971 front clip with the Shaker hood scoop, a rubber front bumper, and reinforced front end with heavy duty torsion bars.
After “Nash Bridges” stopped airing, this ‘Cuda still went through another two additional restorations. In 2006, the 426 Hemi was installed. In fixing up the interior, the car was completed with those beautiful white leather seats and Rallye gauge cluster. A number of other elements were also required to be given attention. The camera mounts and cables are still in place and the trunk also has cables pertaining to film equipment.
Apparently, this ‘Cuda was Don Johnson’s favorite among the rest of the four film cars. It had 78,873 miles on the odometer. It also had the most detail that’s why it was always opted for close-up shots.
Reference and Photo Credits
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