Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

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The Barracuda received only minor styling changes for 1968 – the big news was under the hood. The 225-cube slant six continued as the entry-level powerplant, but even the base V8 was significantly upgraded, with a huge bore increase resulting in 318 cubic inches, still with a 2-Bbl carburetor.

The 383 big-block option was significantly upgraded, picking up 30 HP vs. its ’67 version. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For small block aficionados, a new big-bore (4.04”) LA (small block) engine came in at 340 cubes, and a 275 HP rating. Only very slightly heavier than its 318” sibling, it was rated at 275 HP. Performance soon gave lie to those numbers, with 300 HP for the milder-cammed automatic version, and 310-320 for the manual-trans version, being more realistic.

For sanctioned S/S drag racing, a 426” 8-Bbl Hemi was available, it was specially sold as “not legal for highway use”, and in fact, very few, if any, were street driven. These cars were supplied without paint, the concept being that racers each would apply their own color scheme, so why bother? The HemiCudas, along with their corporate-mate, the Hemi Dart, quickly ruled the dragstrip, with 10-second elapsed times commonplace. With improved tire technology, and years of tuning work, these cars today hover in the low-8-second range, with some topping 160 MPH in the quarter mile, making them today, as in 1968, the quickest-accelerating production cars ever built.

To give the Barracuda more of a performance image, Plymouth quietly built a small number of Hemi powered Barracudas to give to professional drag racers. These ’Cudas had a Super Stock 426 Hemi package.

For many years, dropping the Hemi engine into the Barracuda was a popular way to gain dominance at the drag strip.

The race prepped Hemi was highly underrated and actually produced well over 600 horsepower. The hood and fenders were fiberglass and the cars were delivered sans paint. These cars, today, are still the fastest superstockers ever built, with prime examples running the quarter mile in 8.30 seconds at almost 160 MPH!



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