With A Few Tweaks, This Challenger Has Become A Modern Plymouth Barracuda

The death of the Plymouth brand almost two decades ago signaled the end of one of America’s best-known automakers.

While we’d be lying if we said we missed seeing new Plymouth models on dealership floors, there is one of the manufacturer’s models we would love to see be reincarnated: the Barracuda.

Built for a decade between 1964 and 1974, the Plymouth Barracuda was an appealing pony car with a sleek two-door design and an absolutely killer name. While it was short-lived compared to other pony cars, most notably the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, it left an indelible mark on the industry.

Eager to see the Barracuda be revived, automotive designer Ihor Alekseev decided to dream up a modern Barracuda based around the current Dodge Challenger.

Viewed from the front, the Challenger hasn’t undergone any major modifications. Instead, it has received a selection of small alterations that tweak the vehicle’s look, such as a reshaped bumper, a distinctive hood, and a new front splitter.

Elsewhere, the modern Barracuda incorporates small air vents on the front quarter panels and a pair of bespoke wheels. Final visual touches include black graphics, squared-taillights, a new rear bumper, a small rear trunklid spoiler, and rectangular tailpipes. All in all, although the vehicle depicted isn’t much more than a Dodge Challenger with some retro-inspired parts, it does look pretty good.

Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely a new-age Barracuda will ever be produced since Plymouth is dead and buried. Then again, perhaps they could use the evocative name for a special version of the Challenger or something – a very long shot, but we’ve seen stranger things happen.

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  • Six_Tymes

    neat, looks good. And I think that’s the black mesh from the camro but stretched out

  • Jp

    Can you imagine if the back was about 1/4 lower to the ground? Damn that would be hot

  • Nordschleife

    This could also be another refresh of the current Challenger.

  • Larry Lewis

    The Headlights are Round not Square. As you said All in All it looks pretty good .

    • James Denz

      Of course the headlights are round. Where are you seeing square headlights? Tail lights on ’70 and ’71 ‘Cudas were square though.

      • Larry Lewis

        James,
        Turing back the clock to a time when Square Headlights we’re standard practice in the automobile world.

        • James Denz

          Not one single car in the US had square lights during the years the ‘Cuda was in production. The ‘’Cuda production ended in early 1974. The first rectangular headlights on any US cars were approved for 1975 model cars but very few had them until 1976.

          • Larry Lewis

            When Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 was amended in 1974 to permit rectangular headlamps, these were placed in horizontally arrayed or vertically stacked pairs.

          • James Denz

            For 1975 model cars. There are no 1974 model US cars with rectangular headlights.

          • Larry Lewis

            You might need to check Buick 1974.

          • James Denz

            There are exactly zero 1974 Buicks with rectangular headlights. Perhaps you are too young to remember cars from that era. I’m 60 and have been a car nut since the age of 5 so I remember these cars well.

          • Larry Lewis

            O’ I must have forgotten, am 68.

          • Larry Lewis

            So there were Vehicles made in 1974 that had the Square Headlights. The Buick Skyhawk is a subcompact, four passenger, hatchback automobile that was introduced September 1974.

          • James Denz

            The first model year for the Skyhawk, Monza, Sunbird, and Starefire hatchbacks was 1975. You do realize that most new models are introduced in the fall of the previous model year don’t you? There are NO 1974 model year US cars with rectangular lights, end of story.

          • RECTANGULAR HEADLIGHTS WEREN’Y LEGAL IN THE US UNTIL ’75. I BELIEVE THE VERY FIRST CAR WAS THE PONTIAC PHOENIX.

          • Larry Lewis

            O’ I almost forgot I’m 68 years old. That means by the time I was following my Father around @ 10yrs old, hus Junkyard you were just getting out of diapers.

          • James Denz

            I was in college studying industrial design in the ‘70s and could and can indentify anything automotive by model year from that era in a second. Most of my friends were in the automotive business as well. There weren’t any mid ‘70s cars in 1968 when you were 10 and most junkyard cars then were 1940s, ‘50s, and early ‘60s models. Again, there were no 1974 model year or earlier US cars with rectangular headlights. Just spend a minute or two and Google them.

  • LJ

    Uh like it uhlaught.

  • Ken Lyns

    Can anyone under 50 relate to this car?

    • Leejoint

      Well i know the guy that made these images and he is under 30.

  • Karl

    Stunning American beauty! Really nice..

  • D’Arcy Surrette

    I agree. I miss the Plymouth brand.

  • Bash

    Sweeeet.

  • europeon

    And they’re not the only ones. Quite a few Challenge-based ‘Cudas were built by different people/shops.

  • DR.FUNK

    Excellent…and a ragtop while you’re at it.

  • Pretty sure you can get this from Trans-Am Depot.

    Also Barracuda supposed to be the name for Challenger replacement back when SRT is a seperate brand… wonder if they still has that plan in place.

  • Paul Laurenzo

    I believe Plymouth is missed. If younger people today had a chance to buy a Road Runner, ‘Cuda or for people a bit older, a Sport Fury GT model, I think many would jump at the chance. Let’s not forget the Duster.

  • Blade t

    Looks the same.

  • paulgdeaton

    The statement that “nobody misses Plymouth” misses the mark completely. The demise of the Mayflower lineup means that FCA has no entry-level “brand”, and has been forced to move some other brand downmarket – in this case, Chrysler – and dilute its “premium” position in the lineup.

    I remember that writers have contended Packard’s downfall began when they introduced the lower-priced Clipper line, and customers saw no reason to spend their money on the higher-priced models; the “prestige” was gone. While its Italian managers are trying to make Alfa and Maserati the FCA premium choices, for many Americans they are no substitute for having a big, traditionally-American model. Lovers of American iron just have to look elsewhere…

  • Master Rod

    There was nothing wrong with Plymouth. It provided an economical alternative to the higher priced models of the other brands made by Chrysler. The Barracuda was a hatchback during it’s inception. “Tweaking” a Dodge Challenger does not make it a Barracuda anymore than it makes it into a Camaro, or Mustang. It’s hatchback, or nothing. Got that! We older folks remember history. We lived it. Hatchback. Got that?!

  • Thomas Elkins

    Excellent. That’s exactly what I thought they should do with the next-gen Challenger. I would keep the Challenger taillights though and make it more of a hybrid of the Challenger and Cuda design.

    • Master Rod

      Bastardizing a profitable vehicle has never been a good idea. Ah! Millenials …..

      • Thomas Elkins

        Plymouth is dead, you’re going to have to get over it.

  • Rzrlf

    with just a few tweaks it still looks like a 10 year old car

  • Socarboy

    It would have been cool to do the 1971 cuda grille with it “gills”

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