160 THE DAYS BEFORE ELEANOR V 201909

And again, this is about the days before Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang. For today, let us have a look at another used car – a Plymouth Barracuda S, first generation, built from 1964 until 1966. Please note: it was not exactly the specific car presented in today’s video.

A quick one on the automobile manufacturer. The company wanted to have an entry in the quickly growing sporty-compact car market segment. The Barracuda debuted in fastback form on April 1, 1964 – a few days before the Ford Mustang!

The Castiron’s aquarium. Due to the shape of the huge rear window, The Castiron’s friends named this used car Plymouth Barracuda S just „the aquarium“ – with a loving, silent mockery. This car with the „S“ package made a lasting impression: a V8 engine, a 4 speed manual gear box and a limited slip differential – just to name the essential. And: it was The Castiron’s first car with a V8 engine!

And the first opportunity to exceed 125 miles per hour? One day in Germany it was ready: the speedometer needle passed this magic limit – immediately followed by ugly noises from the engine compartment; catastrophic loss of performance, standstill, diagnosis bearing damage.

Back home, several long days later: engine replacement (a used one), the car ready again! A friend asked for the damaged engine and made a „V8 statue“ consisting of crankshaft, piston rods and pistons – shining with a new look, close to 100 lb, a nice ornament for every living room.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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