Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

It’s been a Mustang-crazy week at the ClassicCars.com Journal since April 17th was the 60th anniversary of the pony car’s introduction. However, we’ve been remiss in celebrating the birthday of a similar vehicle that debuted 16 days before. How about some applause for our Pick of the Day, the 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S. It’s listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Kentwood, Michigan. (Click the link to view the listing)

While the first Mustangs were early 1965 models, the first Barracudas were VIN’d as 1964s. They were even badged as Valiants, though that would be shed for 1965. Pleated seats were upscale and stylish, and tasteful bits decorated the interior. There was seating for five, with the rear seats folding down for cargo. Luckily, the backlite was tinted, as three burnt necks were not a good selling point.

The 225 “Slant Six” and new 273 Commando V8 were the only engines available, the latter a two-barrel offering 180 horsepower. Interestingly, a Hurst-shifted four-speed was available with either engine.

Just like the GT package was introduced for the Mustang for 1965, the Barracuda added to its potential with the Formula S package. Included with the package were 14-inch rims with special wide-tread tires, simulated bolt-on wheel covers, tachometer, Rally Pack suspension (heavy-duty springs and sway bar), heavy-duty shocks, and a new four-barrel version of the 273 with 235 horsepower. The engine was also available as stand-alone or with another package called the Performance Group, which also included the suspension package and power brakes. Though often thought of as a Formula S item, the racing stripe (available in black, white, ruby, medium blue, or gold) was optional for all Barracudas.

This Gold metallic 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S features the optional four-speed manual “giving drivers precise control over its performance” per the seller. “A striking black racing stripe runs the entire length of the vehicle, adding a sporty touch that emphasizes its performance pedigree.” Inside, you’ll find a black interior with front buckets, “which remains in excellent condition, providing a comfortable and stylish driving environment that complements the exterior’s allure,” adds the seller.

The first-generation Barracuda has been overshadowed by the Mustang because the Plymouth’s styling barely differed from the Valiant and it was only available in one body style, not to mention the Mustang had solid market research behind its existence. Nonetheless, the Barracuda was a solid competitor with classic Mopar styling that should make someone happy for $29,900.

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