1971 Plymouth Barracuda

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Overview


The ‘71 Plymouth Barracuda was very underrated car at the time. With a few changes coming to the ‘71 the new grille gave the appearance of the car having teeth like a Barracuda, and, for the first (and only) time the Barracuda had quad headlamps.


The ‘71 Plymouth Barracuda was very underrated car at the time.

With a few changes coming to the ‘71 the new grille gave the appearance of the car having teeth like a Barracuda, and, for the first (and only) time the Barracuda had quad headlamps. A 225 CID version of the “Slant” I-6 was available and there were two V8 displacements to choose from – a base 318-2, and a 2 or 4-Bbl 383.

On the performance ‘Cuda model, chrome simulated inset fender louvers suggested gills. The standard engine was the 383-4, 440 with your choice of a 4-barrel Super Commando and a 6 barrel Super Commando optional. At the top was the 426 8-BBl Hemi – the last year it would be produced. The 440 and Hemi- equipped cars were upgraded when it came to suspension components and structural reinforcements to help with transferring all the torque to the road. Those looking for improved handling or insurance cost reductions could “opt down” for the smallblock 340-4 (which cost $44 more!)

The optional shaker hood scoop was now flat black to address glare issues.

There was also a luxo model, the Gran Coupe. The AAR disappeared for 1971.

1971 ended up being the last year for the Barracuda convertible; with just 1,385 convertible sales, one can see why. Overall, production was even more disappointing than in 1970, falling from 54,800 to 18,690.
Then there was the beloved ‘Cuda that had the 383, 440 with a 4-barrel super commando and a 6 barrel super commando Six Pack, and 426 Hemi the 440 and Hemi- equipped cars were given a little upgrade when it came to suspension components and structural reinforcements to help with transferring all the power it produced to the road.

1971 ended up being the last year for the Barracuda convertible; with just 1,385 convertible sales, one can see why. Production was even more disappointing than in 1970, falling from 54,800 to 18,690.

Production Numbers


2-DR Hardtop 6-CYL 5,668
2-DR Hardtop 8-CYL 17,819
2-DR Hardtop Gran Coupe 6-CYL 210
2-DR Hardtop Gran Coupe 8-CYL 7,184
2-DR Hardtop 'Cuda 17,242
2-DR Convertible 6-CYL 223
2-DR Convertible 8-CYL 1,169
2-DR Convertible Gran Coupe 6-CYL 34
2-DR Convertible Gran Coupe 8-CYL 518
2-DR Convertible 'Cuda 550
Total Production 33,392

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
Slant Six 225ci 1x1bbl 145 at 4000 215 lb-ft at 2400 - -
Base V8 318ci 1x2bbl 230 at 4400 320 lb-ft at 2000 - -
Six Pack 340ci 3x2bbl 290 at 5000 345 lb-ft at 3400 6.4 sec 14.2 sec
V8 340ci 1x4bbl 275 at 5000 340 lb-ft at 3200 - -
V8 383ci 1x4bbl 330 at 5000 435 lb-ft at 3200 6.4 sec -
V8 383ci 1x2bbl 290 at 4400 390 lb-ft at 2800 - -
HEMI 426ci 2x4bbl 424 at 5000 490 lb-ft at 3200 6.0 sec 13.0 sec
Six Pack 440ci 3x2bbl 390 at 4700 490 lb-ft at 3200 6.2 sec 13.7 sec
V8 440ci 1x4bbl 375 at 4600 480 lb-ft at 3200 - -

Transmission


Paint & Colors


Exterior

Winchester Gray Metallic
Glacial Blue Metallic
True Blue Metallic
Evening Blue Metallic
In-Violet Metallic
Rallye Red
Amber Sherwood Metallic
Sherwood Green Metallic
Sassy Grass Green
Autumn Bronze Metallic
Bahama Yellow
Tunisian Tan Metallic
Tor-red
Sno White
Formal Black
Curious Yellow
Gold Leaf Metallic
Tawny Gold Metallic

Interior

Blue
Green
Tan
Black
Orange
White
Gold

OEM Brochures


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