A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda barn find has been completely restored with its original HEMI V8.
Barn finds are the best. It’s like waking up on Christmas morning to find a classic car that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hands of the right mechanic. And that’s what this barn find is worth after being lovingly restored by a skilled technician and his son.
We have Auto Classics to thank for pointing us toward this eBay ad for a completely restored 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in Plum purple. This particular model is the top-of-the-line trim (called simple ‘Cuda, making the car a Barracuda ‘Cuda) with a 426 cubic inch (or 7.0-L) HEMI V8.
The engine plopped onto this car was so massive that Chrysler engineers had to reinforce the E-body chassis and add a set of heavy-duty front shocks just to handle the added weight. It was worth it, however, since that engine provides a mammoth (for the era) 425 horsepower.
Since this is a 1970 model, it also has a shaker hood scoop and a 4-speed automatic transmission to go along with the faux wood-trimmed laminate that adorns the dashboard. Leather seating in pristine off-white is also a premium feature.
The story of this barn find is as heartwarming as it is amazing. Originally purchased new in Wisconsin, the owner was forced to sell the ‘Cuda to a farmer in order to afford a new house for his soon-to-be-born son. The farmer barely ever drove the ‘Cuda, and kept it in a barn for the next 30 years.
However, the original owner and the farmer kept in touch. He tried to buy back the car over the years until finally the farmer relented and resold his set of wheels back to the original owner.
Of course, being kept in a barn for three decades had taken its toll on the old automobile. Luckily the original owner was a bit of a mechanic, and with the help of his now fully grown son, they were able to restore the car to its incredible original condition.
Now for sale at Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, California, you can pick up this timeless piece of automotive history for a steal: $249,900, or best offer. That’s quite the price, but you also get original receipts, manuals, and even some newspapers from the ‘70s. Totally worth the price of admission.