This lovely Barracuda was not supposed to happen already, but as you probably know, cars come up for sale when THEY want to, and not when YOU want them to..
This was no different, so not to long after I got the Challenger, I was made aware of this 1970 Barracuda, which was "sort of for sale". The very same day as I solved the Challenger's ignition issue, and it was able to drive away from the barn by itself, a buddy and I decided that "it would be best", if we drove directly to Copenhagen IN the Challenger, to look at the Cuda... and what happened, you probably figured out already. ;-)
In my eyes, this particular fish seem to be in great condition, but as all old cars, it has issues. I always try to give my new cars the impression, that they are safe with me, so I already have a shopping list of parts. I think it may have serious electrical issues, so I will start off with some fresh wires, under the dash, and a fresh engine harness too.
One thing that REALLY needs replacing, is the front seat covers, but I am beginning to doubt that I will be able to find the right ones. To my horror, I dont see my Barracudas fabric on Legendary's website, OR in the "downloadable catalog". However, the website is near impossible to navigate, with images of only selections. It seems that it's not gettin any better, OR faster.. actually it seems a bit worse, than last December!? It's so slow, that often, I get distracted by work, or my kids. while waiting for pages to load.
Because of the low resolution pictures I found first time I looked, I assumed that the fabric I needed, was the one that Legendary referred to as "houndsteeth", but I Googled it and found higher resolution pic's, and found that houndsteeth was a fabric VERY different from mine, (which is some sort of "velour cut in a pattern"), and I'd REALLY like to do the right thing, and bring this interior back to it's original glory!
So, I hope and pray, that some of you "Cuda experts" could verify, if the "velour'ish insert fabric" in the pictures are original, or not.. and if you know anything about Legendary, or anyone else makes repro covers in this particular fabric / style! I can't seem to even find any identical seats covers on the internet.. or did I just not search long enough?
Also, I was wondering, if the Gran Coupe came with painted (metal) bumpers, or if someone painted them along the way? It came to Holland in around 2012, painted red (originally gold), and seems to have had a respray (good quality) there, in a slightly brighter red. Now, I don't particularly like red cars (or painted bumpers for thet matter).. but I have to admit, that it's starting to grow on me.
Anyways, I hope you will enjoy checking out the Barracuda. Unfortunately, I bought it VERY late in the season, so I don't have a lot of pictures yet... actually just from when we went to look at it, and a few more the pick up, the evening it arrived in my driveway, and the next (frozen) morning.
it's resting in my "half way completed" garage now.. doing the old "Mexican staredown" with the Charger! :-D
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1970 Barracuda Gran Coupe - Original Auto & A/C 383 car
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