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1971 Plymouth 'Cuda - Green by CRWPitman 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda - Green by CRWPitman
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The Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car, debuting two weeks before the Ford Mustang. It was quickly eclipsed by the Mustang and the Camaro/Firebird due, but would make a name for itself in 1970 when it was available with an engine its competition could only dream of, the Hemi.

Initially a lame coupe version of the Valiant rushed to market to beat the outcoming Mustang, Plymouth finally got the performance angle right for 1970. The Barracuda was moved over to the E-body platform, which it shared with the new Dodge Challenger. The Barracuda rode on a two inch shorter wheelbase than the similar Dodge Challenger, even though its overall body dimensions were the same. The performance models were called 'Cudas and featured five different V8s, the 340, 383, 440, 440+6, and the almighty 426 Hemi. The 440s and the Hemi cars received a special high performance suspension to put all that power to the road. Standard Barracudas came with a flat hood, while 'Cudas came with standard dual non-functional hood scoops. Optional on all 'Cudas (and standard on Hemi's) was a very functional shaker scoop, so named because it attached directly to the engine, and poked up through a hole in the hood and thus "shaked" whenever the engine did. The Hemi cost $871 and was installed on just 652 hardtops (out of 17,242) and 14 convertibles (out of 550) copies. It sported hydraulic lifters and was easier to tune than in previous years. The 440+6 was a bargin at just $250 and could keep up with the Hemi till about 70 mph. Both engines were tricky to drive: the 440+6 vacuum-actuated front and rear carbs came on with little warning, while the Hemi's stiff throttle linkage sometimes snapped all eight barrels open at once.

Plymouth also built a special model for 1970: the Plymouth AAR 'Cuda. AAR was taken from Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, which raced 'Cudas in he Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am racing series. But whereas Ford and Chevrolet built special models (Boss 302 Mustang and Camaro Z28) meant to mimic the race cars, Plymouth built a street rod. Along with the similar Dodge Challenger T/A, the AAR 'Cuda sported a unique 340 cid V8 with 3x2 carbs that pumped out 290 bhp. The exterior was definitely unique with a matte-black lift-off fiberglass hood, through body-side strobe stripes, tri-colored AAR shield, and standard black ducktail spoiler. The AAR 'Cuda also had special shocks and recambered rear springs which raised the rear end 1 3/4 inches over the regular 'Cuda which allowed clearance for exhaust pipes that exited in front of the rear wheelwell (after routing through the standard muffler beneath the trunk). It also permitted the use of larger tires in the rear, one of the first uses of wider rear tires on a production automobile.

The Plymouth Barracuda continued into 1971 with minor styling changes, including a segmented grille with twin headlamps, dummy front fender vents, and segmented tail lamps. A full range of engines were available and the top performance models were once again called 'Cudas. The AAR 'Cuda was no longer available. To deal with increasingly strict emission laws, Plymouth was forced to detune some of their engines, resulting in a drop in the power ratings. Only 115 Hemi 'Cudas were sold and Plymouth decided to retire the Hemi engine before it had to be detuned to meet the new emission standards. Therefore, the Hemi would end its reign as the most feared and possibly most influential engine of the muscle car era.

Sadly, tightening emission constrains further strangled the life out of the Barracuda. 1974 was the last year for the true Barracudas, which continued with just the 318 and 360 engines. The Barracuda would never return again as a true performance vehicle.
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MeAli-ADK Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Awesome work :clap:

I want to invite you to our group for vector artists here: [link]

We're trying to collect only the best and high quality works in this gallery.

We'll be happy if you join the group and share this beautiful car with the others :D
Breandan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Awesome render and history. 71 Hemi might be the only car I'd take over a Boss. No shaker hood?
FotoKukec Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
Thats an awesome chunk of history right there. :nod: Amazing work!!
MrCharger Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Totally awesome!
60512 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
One of the best Muscle cars of the seventies. The government weakened it to the point of no return, just before Strangling the life out of it. Good Pic, and good information. It belongs in a book about muscle cars.
no0one Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
c85 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
very nice:XD:
devilishlyalex Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
I love it. :D
mitchlo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
Very sexy green!
Love your work!
SandofNorway Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006

Very cool car, very cool artwork! And a perfect colour for this kind of car! Sure, red and blue are cool too but green always makes that special touch on this kind of car-designs... Good job, man!


Sand :-)
xxxrxxx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006
love your work :D
Pickle72 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
Wow, nice work.
Love it!!
dziuban Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
great job. wonderful car!
kamikaze0 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
NICE! very sexy!
FlowisKing Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
sweet....a barracuda.... and a green one.....Damn...:paranoid:
Bondy-1725 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Absolutely astoundint artwork there mister! :nod:
I can see this being one of my favourite Vector deviations of all time (well the red one at least ;)) i'll fave this too since its just so nice to look at :)
jax0n Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Both colours are good but I prefer it without the banner.

Top job! :thumbsup:
andydeek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
nice work..its been a while since u submitted sumthing

i prefer the green version :)
formula-s Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Oh, MAN, CRAIG!!!!! :w00t:!!! YEAH!!! FJ5 Limelight Green! Beautiful, clean and simple. What an excellent job, Craig! A definite :+fav:!!! :)
AgentC-24 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Just as thrilling as the red one! And such a classic color, that Sublime Green! :)
maximesz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did u change red into green. it's hard to do it or easy. coz i never try it.
CRWPitman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
I did it in photoshop. Sorta cheated using the "replace colour" tool. The original had too many complex layers. And you can't simply adjust gradients in illustrator - you have to do each seperate colour in the gradient one at a time. Too frustrating.
xxdabroxx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thats pretty nice work man. how much time do you have invested in it?
CRWPitman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
I can't remember - 6-8 hours?
33wicked33 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
h...ho.....he.....HOT!!!!!!!! my god this is so fucking great and the cuda is 1 of my fav cars WOW it look so awsome in green
Millsy1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it needs the black 383 the red one has. Otherwise, they both rock
thesLip Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
red man =P :+fav:
khizarmalik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Big pimpin' ;)
awholeuniverse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006   Interface Designer
Awesome work !!! That;s one hell of a ride ..:) hpefully I'll get the hang of it ( sometime in the next 2,3 years):))
XTRMINATOR Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Green version is much better! :)
Gotadime Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Love it!
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