Plymouth introduced its entry into the pony car market with the Barracuda. It began life as an A-body, fastback coupe that was based on the Valiant. For the second generation, the car was redesigned and available as a fastback, notchback, and convertible. By the third and final generation, lasting only until 1974, the Barracuda was no longer related to the Valiant and was made on an E-body platform.
The 1970 Cuda was one model offered at the beginning of the third generation of the Plymouth pony car. Plymouth first introduced the Cuda in 1969. Based on the Formula ‘S’ package first brought out in 1965, the first Cuda for 1969 models included the Commando V8 engine in either 340 or 383 cubic inches. The buyer could also get the Super Commando, 440-cubic inch V8.
In 1970, the Cudas had lost all commonality with the Valiant. The fastback was no longer an option and buyers could get only a coupe or a convertible model. The shorter and wider car was similar to Dodge’s pony car the Challenger. With improved styling, the third generation Barracudas no longer looked like the economy car from which it was born.
The 1970 Cuda was the top of the line of the three Barracuda models which included the base, the luxury gran coupe, and the Cuda, or BS sport model. The 1970 Cuda as with all other model years was the high performance version of Plymouth’s pony car and could compete with the powerful muscle cars of the time, especially when paired with the Hemi engine.
The 1970 Cuda was also competitive on the racing circuit. All American Racer (AAR) versions of the 1970 Cuda participated in the Trans-Am Series and qualified three times with a second place win. A street version of the AAR was produced for consumers with a 340-cubic inch engine.
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