West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this beautifully well kept and garaged and cherished by only two southern California owners since new and always completely rust free 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula 'S' Fastback 2 Door Hardtop with the highly desirable 273/235HP 4 BBL V8 'Commando' engine matched to it's original 3 speed Torqueflite automatic transmission with front bucket seats and with the rear seats folding flat for extra storage and with access to the fastback trunk and with rare factory options of:
Power Steering Power Front Disc Brakes Factory Tachometer Front Bucket Seats with Console Formula 'S' package of 'Commando' 273/235HP 4 BBL V8 engine with suspension upgrades, larger wheels & tires, Formula 'S' emblems and tachometer Backup light
Purchased at 'Vines Chrysler/Plymouth' of Long Beach, CA by it's original southern California owner on 11/25/1964 and sold to only it's second southern California owner in the year 2010 with it's original build sheet and Certicard and was obviously always garage kept with the original floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas completely solid and rust-free. There are no signs that the car has had any accidents of any kind - obviously an always cherished car since new!
The car looks very impressive with its original 'Medium Blue' color paint in very good condition and the matching Blue vinyl bucket seat interior with full 'Dark Blue' carpeting is also in quite exceptional condition throughout. The car has all it's original Formula 'S' logos and came factory equipped with the three-speed floor mounted Torqueflite automatic transmission and center console. The dashboard, the headliner, the carpets and all the seats are all in exceptional condition with virtually no signs of wear and tear! All the chromework is also in very good condition.
The original and factory upgraded 273/235HP 4 BBL (Commando) V8 engine with 10:5 to 1 compression & solid lifters and a more aggressive camshaft is extremely strong and powerful and sounds absolutely magnificent! This particular car drives as good as it looks - must be driven to be fully appreciated - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day sports car a run for it's money! The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!
Chrysler did not reach very far when it created it's sporty Barracuda in the spring of 1964, the new model was basically a Plymouth Valiant from the roofline down and pure Valiant in power and suspension but it had it's own grille, fastback roof and massive wraparound backlight and rear window with rear end sheet metal with a stubby trunklid which opened to reveal a flipdown rear seatback and security panel that opened up the trunk area which was perfect for carrying long items like California surfboards! But these changes were not to prove enough to emulate the wholesale personality change that Ford achieved when it rebodied the Falcon as the wildly successful Mustang. The Mustang was to overwhelm the Barracuda in sales and to add insult to injury the scenario was repeated when Chevrolet reskinned the Chevy II as the also highly successful Camaro in 1967! The Barracuda may have well been more functional than both these Pony cars but it was not to prove as attractive or popular to the masses.
The first Barracudas were built with a 106 inch wheelbase and came standard with the 225 c.i. six cylinder engine with the 273/180HP V8 being optional. But it was no match for the Mustang with it's trio of V8's including the 271HP HiPo 289. Chrylser was to fight back though in 1965 with the 4 barrel Commando 273 with a hotter camshaft and Carter carburetion which bumped HP to 235HP with the sport package Formula S which included the Commando 273; a tachometer, heavy duty shocks, springs and sway bar with Goodyear Blue streak tires on wide rim 14" wheels which replaced the usual 13". Front disc brakes were optional and cicular 'Formula S' medallions on the fenders identified the package.
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of this desirable and rare 'Formula S' package and it is an obviously always garaged and rust free example in beautiful condition throughout! The car will be sold with its original build sheet and Certicard. This very rare and highly desirable and collectible unabused example is one of the outstanding 'Mopar' designs of the sixties, a true milestone muscle car (1965-66 Formula S) with the 273/235HP V8 engine and most certainly one sure-fire investment that's bound to only appreciate over the years for any discerning classic American sixties muscle car collector or simply any muscle car enthusiast!