More May, Mutts and MOPARs

Well, Hoons, after a productive day at work, yeah it’s that way when I am out of the office and away from these tubes, this olelongrooffan is back to finish up my Sunday out at the Halifax MOPAR Club’s show.

When I spotted this pair of Barracuda’s, I had a chuckle to myself thinking of the one the JeffMan spotted on Saturday.
I am pretty sure these are ’68 notchbacks and this one was bone stock and absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know what the Pentastar called that color back in the day but it sure was beautiful here in the bright Florida sunshine.
This sticker was on the driver’s wing vent of the Cuda parked next to it.
This beast. According to the display on the windshield, it came from the factory as a “white car” meaning it, as AteUpWithMotor sets forth, came from the factory with a 426 Hemi and most seemed to be destined to drive 1/4 mile at a time.
Now, this olelongrooffan is not much of a muscle car guy and really have no idea of the difference in appearance between a 383 or a 426, but know this Hoons, that motor was stuffed in that engine compartment.
Also on the windshield information placard were posted a bunch of old school photographs of this multihued straight line race car.
This was on the rear of it in place of the stock Barracuda lettering so I’ll presume it possesses the big block aforementioned.
Sorry about the contrast in this image. As I mentioned previously, my digital is a trusty $50 Walgreens provided Polaroid.
And check out the meaty Hoosiers on the *ss end of this thing.
I would hate to have to turn corners in that thing at any type of speed.
There were plenty of late model MOPARs present also. Oddly enough, this was the only Viper.
But there were at least a half dozen of these Prowlers, most of them fitted with an external trunk as was done in the early days of the automobile.
I spotted this Chrysler Windsor and thought of my brother, thehorsefarmer, who had one of these in sedan version back in the late 60’s.
Needless to say, this 55 coupe is in a h*lluva lot better shape.
I also spotted this 52 Plymouth business man’s coupe.
If this olelongrooffan’s memory serves me correctly, this car was favored by travelling salesmen as they could carry their wares in that oversized trunk.
When I saw this Coronet, I had to find the owner and ask about that color. ” Muave,” was his reply. “Just like it came from the factory.” He got out from under that umbrella in the background and came over to the trunk and showed me a photo album with an old school Polaroid photo of his Dad on the day he brought it home from the dealership. He also had a picture of him on the night of his senior prom with this beauty. Gotta love the history!
They were others this olelongrooffan spotted but there just isn’t enough room for all of my images but I did want to include the hood ornament off a 1938 Dodge Coupe in honor of today’s Hooniverse asks.
And it has been said before and this olelongrooffan will say it again.
Lambo doors are so passe’, Lamborghini doesn’t even do them anymore.
And just for Ambersand, this pristine, vintage, bus.
And having a great day out in the beautiful sunshine, making a new friend, and seeing all these cool cars really lets me
Celebrate Life.
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6 responses to “More May, Mutts and MOPARs”

  1. longrooffan Avatar

    Know this olelongrooffan stands corrected on the model year and will continue to throughout my existence on Hooniverse. This oldman keeps telling himself to carry a notepad to record what I see but, for whatever reason, I steadfastly refuse to remember that. And that mauve is a killer color. Thanks for the correct spelling of it.

  2. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

    The Hemi was a very, very tight squeeze in an A-body. When the '67 A-bodies first appeared, even jamming the B-series 383 under the hood was a challenge; '67 Barracudas couldn't have power steering, because there wasn't room. Chrysler came up with a different power steering pump for '68 (although the new LA-series 340 was a much better bet than the 383), but by 1969, they crammed the RB 440 into the Barracuda, which reopened that can of worms. (The RB's taller decks make it wider than the 383.) The Hemi was bigger still, and also heavy as sin. To put this in perspective, a 318 or 340 weighed about 540 lb dry (a few pounds more than a Chevy 327), the 383 was around 650 lb, and the Hemi was 760-ish. Combined with the difficulty of fitting power steering with the big engines, you can imagine what that does for handling and weight distribution.
    The E-body Barracuda (1970-1974) addressed this problem by using basically a cut-down version of the B-body (Charger/Coronet/Belvedere), which had room for any engine Chrysler made. It made the whole car much bulkier, though, and the market abruptly decided it preferred the Valiant Duster, which was a lot closer to the old A-body Barracuda that Chrysler couldn't give away. What tangled webs, etc.

  3. tonyola Avatar

    Both featured Barracuda are 1969 models, featuring a narrower grille divider, reshaped taillights, and larger, rectangular side marker lights. And Number_Six is right – that mauve is an absolutely gorgeous color.

  4. Ambersand Avatar

    OOOOH! Thank you! That is SUCH a pretty bus. LOVE the safaris. YAAAAY!