HORROR FILMS AND MUSCLE CARS: THE PHANTASM INSPIRED 1971 BARRACUDA


Publish date: 2016-05-05 10:45:52
1971 BARRACUDA

The idea for designing this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda came from the 1979 movie “Phantasm”. The whole body was made from scratch and building a car like this needs a lot of time and passion.

Charles Morris III accidentally found this car in Dallas in 1993. Charles was enjoying a late night drive with his girlfriend when he saw the Barracuda along the highway. While they are driving, his girlfriend Teresa noticed that they are in trouble because the car that they are using has no brakes.

Charles already restored the Barracuda in 1999 and it won several awards from various car shows near their town in Texas. The old version of his Barracuda featured a Hyper-Pak Generation I engine set up with Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and split headers. His car was also featured in AutoRama in February 2000.

Charles and his girlfriend organized their own Fright Night Muscle car show to support a local charity. It was attended by various people and the events on their show featured a costume contest and car exhibit. Their Fright Night Muscle car show was a success and in 2008, the couple drove to Chicago to attend the Chicago Horror Film Festival.

The reason why they attended the festival was to ask the director and cast of the movie “Phantasm” to have an autographed photo with his car. Not only they get an autographed photo with the cast of the movie but the hood of his car was also signed by Elvira, “The Mistress of the Dark”. She remembered Charles’s car from 2000 AutoRama.

1971 Plymouth BARRACUDA 340 model car

Charles recalls the eerie coincidence that happened with his Barracuda. He said that the movie originally used black seats but while he was restoring his car in 1999, he chose to use white seats for its interior. When American Muscle released the Phantasm 1:18 scale die cast Barracuda in 2003, white seats were used on its interior.

1971 Plymouth BARRACUDA 340 engine

He upgraded his car in 2013. The Slant Six was upgraded to HyperPack Generation II and sports dual carbs. His car was once again featured in AutoRama 2014, many people who have seen his car remembered the movie Phantasm.

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Charles said that even though his 1971 Barracuda was intentionally made for shows, many people will still have a glance of his car on the road. Charles was not the only one who is pleased of his car because even the director of Phantasm was proud of this masterpiece.

Trivia

According to the Phantasm’s director Don Coscarelli, the movie used a real-deal 1971 ‘Cuda and Contrary to popular belief, the car was powered by a small-block engine not a 440 or 426 Hemi engine.

Reference

MUSCLECAR REVIEW MAGAZINE November 2014 Issue

Photo credits

MUSCLECAR REVIEW MAGAZINE November 2014 Issue

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