1967 Plymouth Barracuda Flaunts V10 Swap

Nowadays is becoming highly difficult being original while building a custom car, if you are set to start with some good old American muscle, so why not ditch the classic V8 and push things to the next level? 

Coming across a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda doesn’t happen everyday, and its more unlikely to come across one that’s hiding more than 8 cylinders under the hood. We had a look at this car’s VIN, and by decoding we found out a few things about it. Back in the day, this was a “High” price class car, even though at the time it rolled off the Hamtramck assembly-line it only had a 225 cubic-inches (3.7-liters), six-cylinder engine.

But this vehicle has been well-taken care of, and it has been restored to an extent that it’s even more appealing than it was 50 years ago. Having its original engine swapped out in favor of a massive, 8.3-liter Viper crate engine, which should be good for 550 horsepower. This is a second-generation, 2002 Viper engine, that has been fully built to get to its current level of performance, as it was originally rated for 450 horsepower.

We have multiple receipts included within the auction, and seems that this engine is now capable of developing 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque at 4,100 Rpm. The price tag for the V10 unit was $25,199, but of course, a Viper transmission was brought into play as well. Looking at all the parts that were installed and at the man-hours spent on building this car, the seller notes that a total of $57,400 was spent on the car without including the paint, bodywork, or interior.

Eventhough the vehicle has been repainted black, there are still some imperfections here and there, so if you’re planning on using this as a show car, you should have an additional budget set aside for that job as well. Aesthetically speaking we wouldn’t change a thing on the car, and I like the classic look of the 18″ split-spoke wheels, which are wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R tires.

On this  build nothing was left to chance, so the brakes and suspension have been upgraded as well. On the inside, we have an old-school vibe, as the car is still sporting lap seat belts, which I would honestly get rid of, considering what this car is capable of doing with its current drivetrain. I’m surprised that the GPS-based speedometer only goes up to 120 mph (193 kph), as I guess this Viper-Cuda can do much better than that.

The vehicle was refurbished less than 4,000 miles (6,437 km) ago, according to the odometer, and the current owner has enjoyed it for about 400 miles (643 km). The seller tells that an oil change was performed recently, and the only thing I’m disappointed in is that the seller hasn’t provided a video of the car in action. Because with a dual exhaust system with Magnaflow mufflers in place, this should sound  impressive.//autoevolution.com

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