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1964 Barracuda Sport Coupe

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe
Production years: 1964, 1965, 1966

Plymouth introduced the first generation of the Barracuda in April 1964 and built it on top of Chrysler's A-body sharing many parts with the Vaillant.

Created as a competitor for Chevrolet's Corvair, the Barracuda soon found itself pitted against Ford's Mustang, which became a hit on the market. Even though it was more expensive than the original pony car, the 'Cuda was well received by customers, thanks to its unique fastback styling and interesting interior features.

On the outside, the car featured a front fascia with the parking lights moved towards the middle of the one-slat grille, while the main headlights were on the outer side. The car's flat hood sported a crest in the middle that ran towards the windshield. Its profile revealed a unique styling characterized by the largest rear windscreen on the market at that time. It was 14.4 sqft (1.34 sqm) large. The sloped line continued on the short trunk lid that opened independently. It wasn't a liftgate. Finally, the Barracuda featured narrow and tall taillights at the back, with the round reversing lamps placed lower.

Inside, the Barracuda's name was applied on the door panels, which was uncommon. The flat dashboard sported an aluminum upper side and a black lower one. In front of the driver, the automaker installed a simple dashboard with just a large speedometer and three gauges for the fuel level, coolant temperature, and ammeter. Plymouth installed a pair of bucket seats at the front and a folding bench in the back. The car offered two storage areas: one in the trunk, accessible from the outside, and one behind the rear seats. In addition, a folding panel could've been open between these two areas.

The first generation of the Barracuda was available with three engine choices: two inline-six and a small-block V8.

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 1964-1966 5 Photos
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PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 1964, 1965, 1966
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)
  • 3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)
  • 4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)
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PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2789 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 4400 RPM
102 HP @ 4400 RPM
101 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
210 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2921 lbs (1325 kg)

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3682 cm3
Power
108.1 KW @ 4000 RPM
147 HP @ 4000 RPM
145 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
215 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
292 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95 mph (153 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2888 lbs (1310 kg)

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4478 cm3
Power
133.9 KW @ 4200 RPM
182 HP @ 4200 RPM
180 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
353 Nm @ 1600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2943 lbs (1335 kg)
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