Muscle Cars in Detail: 1971 Plymouth Cuda
Muscle Cars in Detail: 1971 Plymouth Cuda

Muscle Cars in Detail: 1971 Plymouth Cuda

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Muscle Cars in Detail: 1971 Plymouth Cuda
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By 1971, the handsome Barracuda had established itself as one of the best-performing cars in the marketplace. Ordering the 'Cuda, owners with such stout engine packages could lay waste to Mustang and Camaro owners. Sales numbers never did match that of its cross-town rivals, but in the end, the 1971 'Cuda won the war. No other mass-production Pony Car can consistently claim asking prices of $2,000,000 for its top model (in today's prices).

When the Barracuda arrived in the Plymouth lineup in mid-1964, it was given a daunting task: compete against the new Ford Mustang. Out the gate, it was outsold by a 6 to 1 margin. Barracuda could always compete with Mustang in the performance category, but aesthetically it just wasn't accepted like its Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro counterparts. That was until 1970, when a complete redesign in the E-Body platform turned the tide. In terms of performance, the 1970-1974 Barracudas and Challengers were every bit the measure of the Ford and GM offerings.



Chapter 1:

Introduction and History
G Series for 1971
Sleek and Sporty
Sales Numbers 8

Chapter 2:

Design and Concepts
Styling and Engineering Features
Consumer Information Document
Mid-Year Changes
1970 Carryover Items
Planning for the Future

Chapter 3:

Marketing and Promotion
Sales Brochures
Military Orders
Press Kits
Dealership Marketing
Magazine Reviews and Ads
Hustle Stuff Program
Factory-Backed Racers

Chapter 4:

Hardware and Options
Standard Features
New for 1971 Features
Sheet Metal and Body Changes
Ordering a ‘Cuda
Engine Package Specs
Paint Colors
Interior Accommodations
Model Year Production Changes

Chapter 5:

The 1970 'Cuda Legacy
The Past 81 The Future
Around the World
Collectibles and Models
Lasting Legacy


Publisher: Cartech Books
Softcover: 95 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.0 x 0.5 inches
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