Pick of the Day: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

The Plymouth Barracuda has been upgraded with performance components
The Plymouth Barracuda has been upgraded with performance components

The Pick of the Day is a restored and resto-modded 1967 Plymouth Barracuda coupe that looks like it was done right, with performance upgrades for power and drivability.

The private seller in Port St. Lucie, Florida, says in the ClassicCars.com advertisement that the car was completely disassembled for restoration in 2010 and is now completed and ready to go. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Flower Car

The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic  with its windshield visor and fender skirts
The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic with its windshield visor and fender skirts

While Australians might call it a ute, the Pick of the Day is one of the most interesting little sedan/pickup trucks that I’ve ever seen. The seller describes the 1950 Plymouth as a “flower car,” which are vehicles – usually Cadillacs – used by funeral directors to dress up graveyard-bound processions with their open beds brimming with fresh blossoms.

Flower cars have long been collector items, and while researching this one, I stumbled on the Facebook page of the Flower Car Club, made up of aficionados who collect and restore such things. Another posting I saw described his Caddy flower car as a “funereal El Camino.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II

The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8
The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8

The Pick of the Day is a classic piece of big-block Mopar muscle, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop that looks like it just rolled off a ’60s drag strip. Powered by a 440cid V8 with performance tweaks, and its body and interior in stock trim, this Plymouth looks ready to blow the doors off all comers.

The midsize Belvedere has a great look for a no-nonsense performance car, with its razor-sharp body design and stark roofline. The unadorned style only adds to the implied message of massive power lurking within. Continue reading

Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This restored 1963 Dodge  330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos
This restored 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos

‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders. Continue reading

Mecum opens Kissimmee with muscle-flexing weekend

1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos
1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos

Muscle cars were what bidders wanted during the opening weekend of Mecum Auctions’ huge sale at Kissimmee, Florida, where a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible led the “sold” parade, hammering at $230,000 (Mecum does not include buyers’ premium fees in its price reporting). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback

The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif
The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif

Plymouth Barracudas have the distinction of being produced for exactly one decade to the day (April 1, 1964 to April 1, 1974), with the third and last generation of ‘Cudas becoming best-known among muscle car collectors.

The Pick of the Day is from the final year of the second generation, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback, all dressed in red, from its body to its interior to its red-line tires. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, private seller describes it in the ClassicCars.com ad as a true H-code car powered by a high-performance 383 V8 as well as a Formula S car with improved handing. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1970 Plymouth GTX

Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos
Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos

I bought this 1970 Plymouth GTX through ClassicCars.com in 2010. It meant something to me because in 1978 I had almost the identical car that was borrowed — without permission — by my then brother-in-law, only to find itself in a collision with a bus. Continue reading

My Classic Car: George’s 1964 Plymouth Barracuda

Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine
Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine

I got a text message from a buddy of mine in Bowman, North Dakota, and he asked me if I knew anybody that would be interested in a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda. Naturally, I asked for some more information about it.

Now this buddy of mine is in his late 50s and he said his mom had a friend that had a daughter that had a ’64 Barracuda and she needed to sell it. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible

1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia
1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia

Plymouth’s full-size Fury was clothed with new, wider and longer sheet metal for the 1969 model year and, notes The Standard Catalog of American Cars, was available in — count ’em — 17 models and five series.

The series were Fury I, II and III, Sport Fury and VIP. Fury I was your basic full-size car, available as a 214.5-inch-long sedan or 219.1-inch station wagon. Fury II added brightwork trim as well as a coupe architecture and a station wagon with third-row seating. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Plymouth Fury

1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii
1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii

Here’s a seller who wants his 1964 Plymouth Fury to go to a good home, especially to someone who appreciates vintage Mopars. The asking price is $3,500 for this 1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop.

Note that the car is located in Honolulu, but the advertisement on ClassicCars.com says that transport of the vehicle to either Long Beach, Oakland or Seattle/Tacoma can be arranged for just $1,100. Continue reading