Plymouth Barracuda’s 50th Birthday

It’s been 50 years since Plymouth rolled out the world’s first pony car, even before the term pony car was coined. It came into the world quietly, grew to intimidate the competition with big blocks, hemispherical combustion chambers and SCCA racing, then bowed out quietly just as the fuel crisis hit. Read a great recap of the Barracuda at Hemmings.


Replica of Richard Petty’s Daytona Winning 1964 Plymouth Belvedere

Richard Petty’s Daytona-winning 1964 Plymouth Belvedere replica was featured in the April issue of Hot Rod Magazine, which also has a good article on the 426 Hemi. Those of you without a subscription (or who are unwilling to head down to the newsstand), check out this site, which has a ton of photos and information about the car.


Dick Landy’s 1964 Dodge 330 on Hemmings

For sale – Dick Landy’s 1964 Dodge factory Hemi 330! One of fifty, aluminum-nosed B bodies built with the 426 Hemi engine. This very car won the MP/A class at the Hot Rod Magazine / NHRA race at Riverside held on June 12 -14 1964. This was the first drag win ever for a factory built 426 Hemi car at a major sanctioned race. It is the original body but with a repaint. Original interior except for new carpet. It has a replacement engine but the original 8 3/4 rear end. A definite piece of Mopar history. For sale for the fist time since 1978. See more here at Hemmings. More pictures after the jump!


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Violent Valiant

Bangshift, along with Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle in Addison, Illinois, have started a build they have named Project Violent Valiant. The plan is a 1964 Pro-Touring ’64 Valiant sporting a “biggish inch” Chrysler wedge engine with Hilborn fuel injection and backed up by a Tremec stick box. Per Bangshift, “This machine will be a purpose built car with all the flavor of a vintage Trans-Am racer packing the modern technology that’ll make it corner and stop hard enough to make the asphalt beneath its tires scream for mercy.” Sounds evil! Find details here at Bangshift. They promise weekly updates of the build.


Reader’s Rides: Jim Gallup’s 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury

And today we have another sweet Plymouth B-body. This one is owned by Jim Gallup from Vero Beach, Florida. Writes Jim:

The car is a rust free 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury. Originally came with a 361. A correct date coded (1-19-64) wedge was found and shipped to me. The motor was completely tore down and rebuilt. It is bored 60 over, has source 440 custom billet aluminum heads and pistons, variable duration lifters, gapless rings. The tranny is a 727 with a 2200 stall installed. Power steering and manual brakes. Going to convert to front disc next month. The subframes are tied together with 2″ square steel. It has a 294 posi rear for highway driving, but can still light up the rear tires effortlessly. Interior was completely redone with correct Legendary products. It is a very good driving car on the highway and there is not much I am afraid to take on light to light. Car also has a factory correct 3″ exhaust system with correct cut-outs. All gauges work including the clock still keeps good time–all the car really needs is a gas tanker to follow it. The car really is a joy to me and usually never see another engine like it at the shows. I looked for the car for 2 years before I bought this one. I wanted this particular color and interior and I diddn’t want a car full of bondo and a lot of rust issues to deal with.

Looks like a sweet ride to me! More pics after the jump!


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