BARRACUDA – Everything You Need To Know | Up To Speed

BARRACUDA – Everything You Need To Know | Up To Speed


(car revving) – It’s one of the most powerful
and stylish cars of its era. And it was only produced for 10 years. It was underrated and
overshadowed by the Mustang, despite having the largest
engine at the time. That’s cool and all, but did you know that it
was the very first pony car? It was, find me in the comments. This is everything you need
to know to get up to speed on the Plymouth Barracuda. Ooh, Barracuda. (dramatic music) Hi, I’m James Pumphrey. It’s an old rumor that humans
only use 10% of their brain. That’s not true. We use 100% of our brain, 10% of the time. And maybe, it’s because
we lack focus and energy. I don’t know, I’m no brain doctor. But I do know that NOS
Energy Drink gives me energy. And if you’re a human, you
need energy to do stuff. Like this kinda stuff. I think that’s everything. Now, back to the show. Before we get into the thick of it, I wanna explain something real quick. There’s the Barracuda and
then there’s the CUDA. Yes, they are kind of the same. But they’re the same in the
way that Hafþór Björnsson and The Mountain are the same person. One of them is the Icelandic
actor from Reykjavík, and the other is the 400
pound side piece of Cersei’s that slices men in half and
crushes’s this dudes’s eyes out. The story of the Barracuda
starts in a little corner of North America called America. It was the 1950s and, oh boy, is this gonna be
like one of those videos where you talk about history for 70 years? Aren’t you like a huge fan of this show? You’re here every week. And no, it’s not, it’s
a pretty short history. Pinky promise? Sure. In the late 1950s,
American car manufacturers were getting a little bit sweaty. Compact cars from places like Europe. JK, we have a lot of viewers
in Europe and we love you. These European cars
were quickly encroaching on the American car market. Chrysler president, and guy
with the coolest name ever, Lester Lum Tex Colbert, told ya, saw cars like the Fiat
500, Volkswagen Beetle, and Renault Dauphine,
eating up profit shares like a Frenchman going to
town on a duck sandwich. All we celebrate is honkers. We need a little baby car
that will send these Europeans back to whence they came. Heehaw. Other American car
manufacturers followed suit and released compact cars of their own. American Motors had the Rambler, Ford had the Falcon and
Chevvy had the Corvair. What is a Corvair? What is it named after? I think it’s named after a blow dryer? Oh, its a portmanteau
of Corvette and Bel Air. Anyway, it was time for
Plymouth Chrysler to clap back. And in 1960, they debutted– – [Voiceover] The car you want is Valiant. It looks and drives like twice the price. (upbeat music) – The design was daring and looked like a lot of the European cars that it was designed to compete with. It had shark tail fins, a fake spare tire imprint on the back, and a little tail end
shaped like cats eyes. (cat noises) Smash that like button
if you like kitty cats. The valiant could haul
six mid century Americans, which is impressive for a compact car. And performance-wise, it was more solid than my
poopoos after scaddy night. The engine was praised
for its dependability and could out perform
the Corvair and Falcon on both power and fuel economy. That’s the two best things. The Valiant also had a race inspired upgrade
package called hyper-pak. This upgrade included increased torque, a larger fuel tank, duel exhausts and a higher compression ratio. The Valiant was a success,
and people loved it, just like Nolan. Cut to 2008, an Icelandic man by the name of Hafþór Björnsson was achieving his own success
in professional basketball. This was years before
we knew him as an actor. He might have been young and lanky, but he was making money, dunking on fools, and had everything figured out. Cut back to 1962, John
Glenn becomes the first man to orbit the flat hollow Earth. Western Samoa gains its
independence from New Zealnd. And Ford is doing a really
bad job at keeping a secret. Word on the street was
that they were designing a sporty new compact car
targeted towards young people. Plymouth, not wanting
to stand by the wayside as their competitor, was about to dunk on ’em. So they snapped into action. A stylist at Chrysler named Irv Ritchie, sketched out a sportier
version of the Valiant with a fast backend. Everybody at Plymouth freaken loved it. There were a couple issues, however. Mainly, naming the car. We love the design, we’re
thinking something like, the Plymouth Panda. Big strong paws, so scary. Who’s it scary to, don’t you know? Freaken bamboo, don’t you know? That name’s stupid, don’t you know? Then what do you suggest we name it? Maybe the Bear (sneezes) Ooh, Barracuda. That’s good, yes, I love Barracuda. That’s true, that’s exactly what happened. The design of the Barracuda was based off the A-Body Valiant. It had a 106 inch wheel base, a pushbutton automatic transmission, 13 inch wheels, and a
backseat that could fold down, creating seven feet of storage space. It was sporty and practical. Is it also single? The design called for a
massive wraparound rear window. The biggest ever installed in a car, which had a total cubic
area of 14.4 cubic feet. This piece of glass was so
unusual and complicated, that Chrysler needed the help of a company called Pittsburgh
Plate Glass to produce it. This turned out to be the most
expensive part of the design, not surprisingly. Engine options included that
trusty Slant-Six from before, which made it about 101 brownies, an upgraded, bigger Slant-Six, that made 145 tween horse boys, and Chrysler’s all new
273 cubic inch, LA V8, that made 180 horse awakenings, for that extra (car sounds) (car revving) Plymouth kicked production into high gear in order to debut the Valiant Barracuda just in time for the 1964 model year. Beating the Mustang to
market by two weeks, and making it the first ever pony car. How is it a horse, if it’s also a fish? Let me know in the comments below. You don’t do that. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t do that. Follow me on Instagram at. Alas, it was quickly
overshadowed by the Mustang for a number of reasons. One, it was too similar to the Valiant, which people did not associate
as a performance car. Second, the Barracuda came
with only one V8 option, but Ford offered three different V8s, including the 271 hrsprs
high performance 289. (car revving) The Mustang outsold the
Barracuda five to one, and things were looking pretty dire. Wolf. Which reminds me, it’s exactly like when, in 2008, Hafþór Björnsson,
had just shattered his ankle while playing pro-basketball. For a guy of his height and stature, this meant that he probably wasn’t gonna be able
to play professionally. So, like Plymouth and
their failing Barracuda, Hafþór needed to figure
out what to do next. That’s when he started hitting the gym. Back to the Barracuda. It’s 1964, and the
engineers over at Plymouth returned to the drawing board, to beef that CUDA up. Does this analogy work for you guys? Good, perfect, me too. For the 1965 model Barracuda, Plymouth got rid of the
small Slant-Six altogether. Gone was the optional LA V8. And in its place, the new Commando V8. Not only was it not wearing any underwear, it had a four-barrel car to carb, and hotter cam shaft and
higher compression ratio. This bumped the output up to
235 polite little baby horses. (car revving) 1965 also saw the introduction of the Formula S Sport package. The S got you the Commando
V8, a tachometer, huge, ginormous, 14 inch wheels. You also got the super
cool Formula S medallion over the fender and, an
optional racing stripe. To let your neighbor know, sorry Phil, I’m not gonna
be (beep) with anymore. It could’ve gone either way, but the move to make
the Barracuda sportier, paid off for Plymouth. Sales tripled in the second
year of the car’s production. (car revving) In 1967, the Barracuda
became its very own model. It still shared many parts
with the Plymouth Valiant, but for the first time, it
wasn’t just a sporty trim level. Cut back to latter day Iceland. After only a few years
of strength training, Hafþór Björnsson one
Iceland’s Strongest Man and Strongest Man in Iceland, which apparently, are
two different contests. He was reborn as a strongman, but this wasn’t even his final form. Just like it wasn’t the
Barracuda’s final form. The second gen Barracuda’s
got a longer wheel base. The styling was completely original. And now it came as a
fastback, a notchback, and a convertible. The designers deleted the
signature gigantic back window, in lieu of thinner glass
and a sleeker profile. The engine bay was bigger by two inches, and because of that, engines really started
getting out of control during this gen. Out of control in a good way. Like Nolan when he dances. ♪ Pop, pop, pop, pop up
up and down headlights ♪ ♪ Pop up up and down headlights ♪ ♪ Pop up up and down headlights ♪ Barracuda was still
competing with the Mustang, which now offered a 390 cubic inch V8. But, they weren’t the
only competition anymore. The ’67 Comaro offered a 396, and the Firebird offered
a 400 cubic inch V8. Plymouth responded with a
383 cubic inch B-Wedge V8 in the updated Formula S package, with its dual-barrel cars, it was good for 280 hrsprs. (car revving) You can get a Barracuda
with a 340 or a 383 made into a four speed manual, or an optional automatic. This mill was upgraded
from the original Commando, and it could squeeze out 300 hrsprs. But that wasn’t even the coolest option. Hurst Performance made
50 fastback Barracuda’s for Plymouth that were powered by Hemi’s. Oh, its got a Hemi in it? These super stocked Barracuda’s were equipped with a 426 Hemi, and were heavily stripped
down for the track. They could do a 10 second
quarter mile at 130, in 1968. (car revving) Cut back to 2014, Hafþór makes his acting
debut on Game of Thrones. Gone was the lanky Icelandic
basketball player of 2008. And in his place, Gregor
“The Mountain” Clegane, the transformation was complete. 1969 was the first year
Plymouth used the name CUDA. The CUDA trim level was
an enthusiast package that meant a few appearance upgrades, paired with the Formula S
performance parts, which now had, I’m only doing it once, more power baby! (car starting) The CUDA package came with
two black hood stripes, cast aluminum wheels, a pair
of non-functional hood scoops, and of course, those
classic CUDA fender decals. But maybe the best thing to come out of the CUDA transformation, the song? Plymouth didn’t write that song. That was the band Harp. Ah no, I’m pretty sure it was
Plymouth that made that song. Nope. Can I keep going or? Do what you want, it’s a free country. The best thing about the ’69
CUDA was the 375 horsepower, 440 cubic inch, four-barrel,
Super Commando V8. Super Commando means you’re
not wearing underwear or pants. With this big hulker of an engine, Plymouth secured the title of
largest displacement engine in a pony car up until that point. (car revving) The third generation Barracuda they debuted for the 1970 model year, was nothing like its former self. The body was completely
redesigned to look wider, lower and more aggressive
than ever before. It was finally able to
shed its economy car stigma by switching from the
A-Body, to Chrysler’s E-Body, which it shared with the
Dodge Challenger and thus, gained four inches of width. The Barracuda came
painted in bright colors with funny names like curious yellow, sassy grass, plum crazy and Moulin Rouge, which I assume is similar in tone to Lady Marmalade. ♪ Real Lady Marmalade ♪ The car came in three different versions, the Barracuda, the Gran
Coupe, and the CUDA. Plymouth offered eight different engines, ranging from the Slant-Six, to an upgraded 440 Super Commando, which now, came with three
two-barrel carbs, aka, six pack. (car revving) But the most powerful engine
offered was the 426 Hemi which put out 425 passive
aggressive horses. 426 Hemi CUDA, driven by French race
car driver, Henri Chemin, won more than 45 FIA sanctioned races. It was a three time
French Group 1 champion. And then he tuned it to
do hill climbs with it, which he also won. Can you imagine doing hill
climbs in a freaken muscle car, built in 1969? (car revving) The 1971 Barracuda got a redesigned grille and four headlights. Which was specific to this year only. Drivers could opt for a
shaker hood, rubber bumpers, and a Spicer built Dana
60 heavy duty rear axle. Another feature that
only made it to the ’71s were the gills. Enthusiasm towards the car started declining around this time, and Chrysler stopped offering
big block engines altogether. The ’72 Barracuda got a new grille, and four circular headlights. But for the last two
years, not much changed. There was a model planned
for the 1975 Barracuda that featured a super bird
inspired aerodynamic design, but the ’73 gas crisis and
rapidly changing market made it hard to justify
another expensive car. So, it was scrapped. And that was the end
of the Barracuda line. Or was it? Dodge recently filed for a trademark of the CUDA and Barracuda names, so that makes me pretty hopeful. Whatever it will be, I’m sure that die hard fans will complain. (car revving) (upbeat music) (mumbles) I appreciate the effort. (laughing) I’m really trying over here. I love you.

100 Replies to “BARRACUDA – Everything You Need To Know | Up To Speed”

  1. So this ain't the end, I saw you again, today
    I had to turn my heart away
    Smiled like the sun, kisses for everyone
    And tales, it never fails

    You lying so low in the weeds
    I bet you gonna ambush me
    You'd have me down, down, down on my knees
    Now wouldn't you, BARRACUDA? Oh

    Back over time we were all trying for free
    You met the porpoise and me
    No right, no wrong you're selling a song, a name
    Whisper game

    If the real thing don't do the trick
    You better make up something quick
    You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn to the wick
    OOOOO, BARRACUDA, oh yeah

    "Sell me, sell you" the porpoise said
    Dive down deep to save my head
    You, I think you got the blues too

    All that night and all the next
    Swam without looking back
    Made for the western pools, silly, silly fools

    If the real thing don't do the trick, no
    You better make up something quick
    You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick
    OOOO, BARRA-BARRACUDA!

  2. I owned a '71 Butterscotch yellow 383 Cuda in 1976 and wish I had never sold it. Coolest car I ever owned and the best body style of any of the years!

  3. My Old Man Pick me up from elementary school in a '67 barracuda. I didn't appreciate it then, but hope to restore it one day. Thanks for doing this video super cool.

  4. My mom had a barracuda with a dogs viper engine swapped in it my mom had a lot of cool car but she said that would be the one car she could get back (she nows drives a a Camry lol )

  5. ur mom is flat. also do corvair next, its the reason seat belts are mandatory, its the car that invented most safety features cars have now

  6. Up to speed on BMC Farina cars ? (Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford, Riley 4/72, Wolseley 15/60, Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R, Siam Di Tella 1500, MG Magnette)

  7. the 66, 67 rear window reminds me of the time my old boss (who restored old Pontiac muscle cars).. was building a cherry 76 Smokey and the bandit T/A… shattered that rear window and cused his own life… I think he had to come out about five grand for a replacement…when finished the thing was orange with black/gold decal design… to say the least sold faster than a Corolla..I'm willing to bet that big rear window barracuda's worth serious money fully restored… anyone know MSRP?…

  8. I know that it's not POLITICALLY CORRECT, but this was a little too gay for me… Live your life as you please, but don't throw it in my face constantly. Could have been a great video – I can't watch it though.

  9. isn't the first gen cuda starring in 2010or11 green hornet
    and the second gen is most def Malcolm's first car in Malcolm in the Middle?

  10. I'm a Ford guy, but Chrysler should at least bring back the Plymouth name for their alleged new 2021 Barracuda, just as Ford should bring Mercury back, start making Comets and/or Cougars, and there should be a return of Pontiac's Firebird and GTO.

  11. I think that the concepts for the new 'cuda that was supposed to be a smaller trans am style muscle car ended up instead become the demon.

  12. My 1st car was a 1974 Plymouth 'Cuda with a built 318 in it, custom paint, auto and the gauge pkg. I heard RUMORS a few years back of the name being ressurrected along with some artist rentitions.. I was like… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (they were super swoopy supercar lines). IF they bring back the cuda as some form of upgraded vintage look (like they did with the challenger) I will DEF buy one

  13. My good friend. The term "Pony Car" was used the first time after the launch of the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang, because the logo of the car was a horse. After that all competitors in the segment were included under the term " Pony Car". And as a matter of fact, the Barracuda is a Muscle Car. The only "Pony Cars" are Mustangs, Camaros and Firebirds mostly, because they're not normal small cars or family cars with big engines, which is the meaning of Muscle Car. So Pony Cars are 2+2 sporty coupes and everything starts with the launch of the Mustang. Alberto Diaz – Automotive Journalist for Wheeled Stories.

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