• 1970 Plymouth Baracuda Hot Rod

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  • 1970 Plymouth Baracuda Hot Rod
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    9373 L
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    200 mph
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When it comes to a segment of the automotive aftermarket as broad and rich as street machines (which potentially covers any modified post-WWII vehicle), the use of hyperbole such as "best ever" usually results in groans of disbelief and rolled eyes. In the case of Bob Johnson’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda, however, Popular Hot Rodding Magazine believes that the term may actually apply.

The key design features of the Cuda were maintained, but the wheelbase was stretched three inches, and the windshield and backlight were moved rearwards by two inches. To my eyes, these changes serve to amplify the low-and-wide look of the original. Tucked under the carbon-fiber front body panels and sitting entirely behind the front axle is an aluminum 572-cube Hemi that produces an enormous 870 HP. A Corvette transaxle and suspension parts are used to route the power to the ground, where it reacts against a curb weight of only 2800 lbs. Consider that this vehicle is lighter than a Honda S2000 and has nearly four times the power, and one struggles to comprehend what it must be like to drop the hammer.

Johnson’s Cuda does bring up a fairly significant question about the future of hot-rodding - just how far can one go? Builders such as Chip Foose and Troy Trepanier have undoubtedly raised the level of street-machine excellence to levels previously not comprehended, and the use of exotic materials and parts in this build points the way towards the future. Right now, the solitary unwritten rule is that the end product has to remotely resemble a production vehicle, and that seems to be the only thing preventing the top builders from constructing what would essentially be million-dollar one-off kit cars. At some point, one of these builders will want to transcend what Detroit was doing 30, 40, or 50 years ago, and it’ll be interesting to gauge the public’s reaction when that happens.

Alex Damian
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  (458) posted on 01.30.2012

I wonder if this 1970 Plymouth Baracuda Hot Rod still exist now. Well, the design features were maintained. The black and red color combination added luxurious look to this car.

  (342) posted on 10.18.2011

I wonder if this Baracuda Hot Rod was still existing. I would really love to see one. Anyway, it looks so broad, but I’m impressed on its oozing angst and how about its figure performance?

  (1211) posted on 09.27.2010

So I guess the interior of the car during the 1970’s looks a little bit modern, of course except for the grille of the Plymouth.

  (503) posted on 08.22.2010

The center control panel and shift stick looks too bulky, though the buttons are still intucked and we can see some car still have the same concept.

  (320) posted on 08.8.2010

Ok, I love Mopars and the body of that thing is gorgeous, but it always pains me when a car owner feels the need to put on these big wheels on an old muscle car. At least contact a reproduction wheel company and make 18" wheels that actually look period correct.

  (462) posted on 05.25.2010

It’s a 2-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth. The manufactures made major improvements on the 1970 model such as engine and interior designs.

  (18) posted on 01.17.2007

nice car add me as an friens im new to this site please ans thank you

  (5990) posted on 12.4.2006


  (5990) posted on 06.26.2006

bad ride

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