1965 Barracuda by Racing Champions
Custom '65 Barracuda by Johnny Lightning
1967 Custom Barracuda by Hot Wheels

'67 King Cuda Custom by Hot Wheels
1970 Hemi Cuda Convertible by Hot Wheels

1970 Hemi Cuda hot rod by Racing Champions
A Plymouth Worth Remembering -
The Barracuda
by Doug Breithaupt

The Plymouth name may be on the way to the big salvage yard in the sky but it will be a long time before it is forgotten. The Barracuda models of the 1960's and 1970's are one of the reasons why. While Plymouth's famous pony car has been a popular collector car for many years, until recently, small-scale toy versions of the Barracuda have been few.

In the past several years we have gone from just a handful to the dozen different examples shown here. While most of the new additions have focused on the hot Hemi Cuda years, a balance of older models now spans the Barracuda's production years of 1965-1974.

The Barracuda of 1965-66 is now represented by a decent example from Racing Champions. Offered as part of their low-priced toy line it has also appeared as one of the Petty NASCAR series cars. For 1999 Johnny Lightning offered a series of Barris Custom cars and one is the Fireball 500, a radical Barracuda with twin pods for driver and passenger. It is a copy of the custom car used in the movie of the same name, Fireball 500.

The 1967-69 Barracuda years are represented by one of the original Hot Wheels models. A mild custom, it has the distinction of being the only example of this popular model. An open-hood King Cuda version was done a bit later. Both versions are quite valuable today with mint prices over $50.

The 1970 and 1971 Hemi Cuda models have been recent favorites in the trend to produce every muscle car in miniature. The '70 Coupe by Zee Toys was one of the earlier examples although Hot Wheels did a funny car version in the 1970's featuring Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme. The example shown is the replica offered in the 1990's. Hot Wheels has also offered a decent Cuda convertible from 1970. Johnny Lightning has done the '70 Hemi Cuda as part of the Muscle Car series but the recent casting of the 1971 Convertible from the Nash Bridges TV show is far superior. The 'Bridges' car is one of JL's best efforts and a must-have for Mopar miniature collectors. Racing Champions has also done the '70 Hemi Cuda with their Hot Rod and budget toy examples shown. Maisto has not offered muscle cars in their 1:64 line-up until now and the '70 Cuda was one of the first, along with a '70 Mustang. It suffers from no interior and blue tinted glass but is in realistic paint colors for the period.

It would be nice to see a few more Barracuda models from 1968-69 and the 1972-74 models would also be welcome.

1970 Hemi Cuda funny car by Hot Wheels
1970 Hemi Cuda by Zee Toys
1970 Hemi Cuda by Johnny Lightning

1970 Hemi Cuda by Maisto
1970 Hemi Cuda by Racing Champions

1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible 'Nash Bridges' by Johnny Lightning