Fast Facts
1966 Plymouth Barracuda Forumla 'S'
Owned by: Daniel Lyon, Mount Vernon, New York

Mopar Power

  • Engine: The first of Ma Mopar's high-performance LA-series smallblocks: the Commando 273, which (in Formula S trim) got a solid lifter cam, 10.5:1 compression and a Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor as OEM equipment, along with dual exhausts that flowed into a big resonator with a single chrome tip out back. This one has all that--and has never been rebuilt!
  • Transmission: Ma Mopar's own A-833 4-speed, with an OEM Inland Steel toilet flusher shifter with reverse-lockout T-bar.
  • Rearend: 8 3/4-inch with Sure Grip and 2.73 rear gears.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: Heavy-duty, with the emphasis on handling (Front) HD torsion bars and shocks with a front anti-sway bar (Rear) HD leaf springs and shocks
  • Brakes: OEM-style drum-and-shoe brtakes with 10-inch drums. (At least they've got "Total Contact" linings on them.)
  • Wheels and Tires: Factory 14 x 5-inch stamped steel wheels wear "mag-style" wheel covers and later-generation Cooper Trendsetter SE P205/75R14 whitewall radials. (Goodyear "Blue Streaks" were available with the Formula S package back in the day, and the OEM Blue Streak spare is still in the trunk.)

High Impact

  • Body: Original '66 Plymouth A-Body two-door unibody, which Barracuda shared with three other body styles (Valiant V-100 sedan, and the V-200/Signet hardtops and convertibles) And we mean original--sheetmetal, trim, and all!
  • Paint: One repaint in the original Bright Red acrylic enamel.
  • Interior: Full-tilt Formula S, which means a set of gauges (0-150 mph speedometer, 0-6000 rpm tach plus ammeter and fuel level, oil pressure and coolant temperature gauges) instead of idiot lights, front buckets and a folding rear bench done in red vinyl. That's along with an optional pushbutton AM radio, loop-pile carpeting, front/rear lap belts and factory Airtemp air conditioning.