By on September 20, 2011

Back when I lived in Alameda, California (also known as “The Island That Rust Forgot”), I photographed and posted nearly 600 interesting street-parked cars and trucks on Jalopnik. The first one was this Cadillac Cimarron d’Oro, back in May of ’07; the next 499 may be found here. I moved to Denver last year… which means the ITRF has had ample time to add many new DOTS candidates. I was on the island for a very brief time over the weekend and managed to shoot a couple of them.
This specimen wasn’t actually parked on the street, though it was in a blue-zone spot in a public parking lot downtown. I’ll make an exception to the “must be parked on the street” rule for a handicapped-placard-equipped Datsun 411.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the forgotten ’67-69 Barracudas, which ended up hidden in the shadows cast by the goofy Valiant-with-vast-fastback-glass versions that came before and the Baby-Boomer-nostalgia-inducing E-body versions that came after. I had a couple of friends at Alameda High with ’67 Barracuda fastbacks, which they were able to buy cheaply because— even in the early 1980s— nobody wanted them. This car is still an A Body, like the Dart/Valiant, but the sheet metal no longer looks quite so Valiant-ish.
Apologies for the crappy phone-camera photos here; one uses the camera on hand when a car like this appears. This extremely rare convertible looks a little rough, but I didn’t see any rust and it appears to be on the road to restoration.
The important thing is that it’s a classic Detroit pony car convertible that still sees the street as its native habitat. Perhaps it will be worth too much for street use in a few years, but for now it’s still out there.

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7 Comments on “Down On The Alameda Street: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible...”

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    we, the island of alameda, officially miss you, MM>

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    I wonder where the Y – M – O came from. Definitely not from the same place as the P – L – U – T – H !

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    Thank you Murilee, for the Barracuda images I haven’t seen one in decades.
    It means a lot to me because as a seven year in 1969, I toured Chrysler’s Belvedere, Illinois Assembly Plant with my father, and I might be wrong, but I sure remember these being built there. I especially remember the jig or loom that made the convertible top.
    Am I correct about this recollection or is my memory faulty, again.

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    It reminds me of the 1967 383 Barracuda fastback I had…weight distribution like a blackjack, but it would haul ass.

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    In my humble opinion the 67-69 Barracuda never received full credit for being a strong competitor in the pony car wars.In particular,the 340 Cuda had a very solid power to weight ratio.The Savage GT was a name that I’d never heard before reading an old Motor Trend piece about a tricked out 68 Barracuda.

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    One of my mopar buddies recently acquired a 68 fastback sans angine and drivetrain. Once the paint and interior are finished we will be dropping in a 360 crate motor. These are fun little cars.

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