While not as famous as the four-door Mustang concept that Ford built in the 1960s, the four-door Barracuda was more than just an idea on Plymouth’s drawing board.
The company toyed with the concept right before the third-generation Barracuda arrived in late 1969. And at least two sources claim that Plymouth even built a prototype.
The four-door was mentioned by former Chrysler employee Roger Johnson in a story written in 2006. He recalled seeing a red four-door Barracuda at the Highland Park facility in 1969. The sedan was also mentioned in the October 1969 issue of Mechanix Illustrated.
The magazine claimed that the Barracuda “has a new look for 1970 that includes two- and four-door hardtops and a convertible.”
As we already know, the Barracuda was never offered as a four-door, so Plymouth most likely scrapped the project right before the third-gen pony arrived in showrooms. Sadly, there’s not a lot of info as to what happened, but the four-door prototype was probably destroyed and quickly forgotten.
Perhaps inspired by the story of Roger Johnson, Walden built a slightly longer 1970 Barracuda with an extra pair of doors and enhanced rear-seat legroom in 2016. The Mopar not only looks surprisingly authentic inside and out, but it also comes with a broadcast sheet, a reproduction window sticker, a legal VIN, and a title that says “Plymouth 4-Door Barracuda.”
Unfortunately, this intriguing Mopar didn’t get as much attention as it deserves. And that’s mostly because the car was placed in storage after being paraded at a few events in 2016. It didn’t resurface until 2022 when its owner decided to part ways with it.
The Barracuda crossed the auction block at Kissimmee 2023, where it made a few waves due to its unique body layout. Yes, that’s a bit more than the usual 340-powered 1970 Barracuda but surprisingly low for a truly unique build in Concours-ready condition.
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