The 1969 year sees the elimination of the convertible as well as the 550 and 770 badges. The four door sedan, the wagon, and the two door hard top all available as basic models or with the SST trim package; this package now has simulated louvers in front of the rear wheel wells with other trim as well. Other exterior changes include 1” increase in track width between the front and the rear wheels, a new grill, wrap around tail lights, and some trim additions. Inside the dash is recessed further away from riders with the controls moved to directly in front of the operator.
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Sedans and the coupe have a restyled rear end for 1970 as well as a restyled bumper and the body has a C-pillar shape. Mean while the hard top gets a more sloped roof line and the quarter windows are up swept at a reverse angle. The hard top also sports a new sloped roof line. The tail lights are housed inside a new looped bumper with “Rebel” printed between them. The grill on all the models has been changed and now has a horizontal split with Rebel spelled out on the front lip of the hood. The 1970 models in the other three automakers are getting bigger but the AMC maintains a good size passenger compartment but is getting smaller in outside dimensions and lighter curb weight. Safety measures this year include the “clam shell” bucket seats are offered with integrated head rests and the sides of the sedans as well as the hard tops are made much stronger than previous years.
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Under the hood the options are increased for 1970. The 290 is dropped and basic engine is now a 304 cu in (5.0 L) V8 giving 210 hp (157 kW; 213 PS). The 343 is also replaced with a 360 cu in (5.9 L). Two carburetor options for the 360 are a two barrel putting out 245 hp (183 kW; 248 PS) or the four barrel producing 290 hp (216 kW; 294 PS). The next power option is available on SST and is the AMX 390 cu in (6.4 L) giving 325 hp (242 kW; 330 PS). Not good enough? “The Machine” comes equipped with a high performance 390 putting out 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS) and 430 lb-ft (583 N-m) of torque at 3600 rpm. This engine has a four barrel mounted on redesigned heads, special valve train, hot cam shaft, and revised intake and exhaust system. AMC liked to present its automobiles as an economy minded persons family car in most cases and "The Machine" does not fall into that category - it is definitely a muscle car but it does have a lot of passenger and truck space as well. The transmission on the Machine is Borg-Warner T-10 standard four speed with a Hurst shift kit having a pistol grip handle - optional on the SST. The floor mounted shifter comes in a console and on the Machine it is backed up by either 3.54:1 or 3.91:1 rear axle gear ratios in the differential. The Machine also has a heavy duty set of rear springs that make the rear end higher than the front giving the car a raked look. The Machine has a functional “ram air” style hood scoop with an integral tachometer comes with one paint job – it is red, white, and blue only.
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A slick fastback styled performance car - 426 Hemi-powered!!
Pegged at selling prices going up to $4Million, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda is undoubtedly the world's most expensive muscle car. With only 14 units ever made, prices are sure to shoot up when the demand for a Barracuda arises in the market. The small number of the 1970 Barracuda, however, is an ironic twist to the price it now enjoys. Back in the day, it had low market reception, leading to a very limited number of 1970 Barracudas released.
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Itis the first model of the third generation of Barracudas that circulated from 1970 until 1974. It was also the first Barracuda to totally deviate from the Plymouth Valiant design where earlier models were based on. It comes in two variants - a two-door coupe and a two-door convertibles. The convertible ones were made exclusively at the Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan. The 1970 Barracuda was also the first model to use the E-body designed by John E. Herlitz based on the modified Chrysler B platform. It offers a lower yet wider version of the existing platform.
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The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda comes in three variants - the lower-priced base model or the BH, the sportscar model or the 'Cuda BS, and the luxurious 'Cuda Gran Coupe or the 'Cuda BP. It must be noted that the nickname 'Cuda was primarily used to pertain to the more luxurious, high-performance models of the 1970 Barracuda.
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Powered by a 7.0-liter V8 Hemi engine, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda will develop up to 425 hp. It is equipped with solid disc front brakes and drums to the rear. The three-speed manual transmission of this muscle car can accelerate from 0 miles per hour (mph) to mph in 5.8 seconds. It also fares well on the quarter mile test with an average time of 14 seconds at a speed of 102 mph. This is actually very fast for a car made in 1970, with most of its counterparts falling way behind the speeds recorded for the 'Cuda.
Designed to be a fast car, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda made its racing debut at the All-American Racers' Trans-am series of the same year of its release. Drivers Swede Savage and Dan Gurney raced similar factory-sponsored units that earned them three pole positions in the league. Although neither car took home the championship, one of them finished second in the the competition.
Another four 1970 'Cudas found themselves racing for the Chrysler France team from 1970 to 1973. The team's then-director, Henri Chemin, piloted the first car before selling it off to J. F. Mas. The 1970 'Cuda raced two more years with Mas before it was set into retirement. Those two years won Mas and his 'Cuda one hill-climbing championship, three on-track ones, and four French Group 1 Class trophies.
Although the most expensive 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda in record sold for $4Million, most units easily sell for half that price despite the car's condition. This year, a 1970 'Cuda is being advertised at a going price of $3.2Million. With the number of muscle car fanatics fighting to own this particular unit, prices may rise up to the record $4Million or more.
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