Made in the USA Week continues. Over the last couple of days we’ve looked at the Heartbeat of America; Today’s Chevrolet and Dodge Different. Today we take a look at the Plymouth. The Plymouth brand might be gone, but it still lives on in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts everywhere. From its inception in 1928, Plymouth was the budget choice next to the mainstream Dodge marque, premium DeSoto and luxury-oriented Chrysler.
The muscle car era of the 1960s and 1970s proved a bright spot for Plymouth as it quickly gained a reputation for offering some of the most interesting performance vehicles of the day. Take a stroll down memory lane and learn about three vehicles that set the tone for the automotive marque during the height of the muscle car.
Plymouth Road Runner
The 1968 Road Runner personified the classic muscle car formula: make it light, make it cheap and make it fast. As a part of that creed, the Road Runner didn’t feature much in the way of comfort, but it did offer a base 383 cubic-inch V8 engine with 335 gross horsepower. Buyers could also option their Road Runner with a powerful 426 Hemi V8 engine or a 440 cubic-inch V8 with triple two-barrel carbs.
What happens when you take a Plymouth Road Runner and give it the mother of all aerodynamic facelifts? The product is the Superbird, a purpose-built muscle car specifically designed as a result of NASCAR homologation rules and a desire by Plymouth to rule the tracks. Like the Charger Daytona, the Superbird also sported an aerodynamic nose cone and a shockingly high rear wing. Engine choices included the 426 Hemi, 440 Super Commando and a six-barrel variant of the 440.
Plymouth Hemi Cuda
The Hemi Cuda, a high-performance version of the E-body Barracuda. This performance-oriented muscle car offers a number of goodies including optional hood pins, pistol grip shifters, 3.54:1-ratio Track Pak differential and the legendary 426 Hemi motor. Only 652 models of this car were ever made making this muscle car a very rare and valuable vehicle to own.
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