The vehicle was originally supposed to be called the “Panda”. However, the designer did not like that name. Ultimately, the name “Barracuda” was victorious, which is derived from the fish of the same name. The Barracuda was Chrysler’s response to the success of the Ford Mustang.
The Plymouth Barracuda was offered between 1964 and 1974.
The first-generation Barracuda was based on the Chrysler A-body and was offered between 1964 and 1966. As a two-door hardtop (without B-pillar) and fastback design, it shared a majority of the parts and bodywork elements with the Valiant, with the exception of the large and distinctive wrap-around rear glass.
While the second-generation Barracuda was still based on the Valiant, it was heavily redesigned. It was built between 1967 and 1969 and was available as a two-door in fastback, notchback and convertible versions. These model generations were also assembled in Schinznach.
The third generation, which was offered between 1970 and 1974, was based on the Chrysler E-body, and many of its parts were identical to those of the Dodge. The two-door Barracuda, which was a completely new design, was available in hardtop and convertible styles.
(Here the German racer Jochen Rindt is pictured driving a Barracuda from AMAG.)