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1971 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda – To Restomod or Not?

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By Dave Ashton

Engine: Crate 426 Hemi V8 with 3.6 LC Keene Bell Supercharger
Transmission: Six speed Tremec
Rear end: Dana 456 positraction
Mileage: 65
Exterior Color: Silver & Black
Price: $189,500.00


There will always be the debatable question of whether a vintage muscle car should be kept in original order or restomod’ed with the latest and greatest parts. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument. Keeping a vintage car as original as possible, especially a rarity preserves its originality and keeps it as a time capsule for future generations. However, if the car is to be a driver and especially at the start of the restoration project, a restomod maybe the way to go. The decision can be very subject.

When it comes to 1971 Cudas, you would think they would all be kept in original condition, especially a Hemi version when one was sold in 2015 for $3.5 million. This 1971 Plymouth Barracuda has gone the restomod route and with no details of if it was originally a Hemi car, it sure is now.

The car has had a three-year restoration and with the new powertrain produces 800-1,000 HP. Certainly impressive and for a pricetag of $189,500.00 certainly should be. It’s clearly a fantastic looking ride with an incredible looking exterior, cool custom hood to just give a hint of the power underneath with a small blower scoop and modern wheels to give an immediate restomod look. There is no denying that mixing up vintage design with modern working parts and present-day ascetics, especially in the interior makes this ride look very special.


The main vehicle specs from the listing is as below –
New 426 Crate Hemi Engine
3.6 LC Kenne Bell Supercharger System
Kenne Bell Throttle body
Billet Specialties Front Pulley System
Control Freaks Front and Rear Coilover Suspensions
Wilwood Brakes & Master Cylinder
Modern Muscle 20 and 18 Inch Custom Rims
Custom Gauges by SpeedHut
Custom fitted fiberglass AAR hood
Custom Interior with front seats from a new Dodge Challenger
Custom modified fiberglass AAR Hood & Billet Hinges
Power windows
Custom Exhaust system with TTI headers
Mega Squirt Fully Programmable computer system
Custom Sony stereo system
Graphics are all painted on and buried under clear coat
American Autowire wiring system
AFCO Radiator & fan system
Tremec six speed transmission with late model Challenger shifter
Dana 456 rear end
Vintage Air AC system
Show quality Silver & Black dual stage paint
Go Pro System
Lokar cables

It’s more than likely worth its asking price, but if you had to restore this ride, would you keep it as original as possible or go the restomod route?




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