People like classifying things because slipping them into neat little categories with labels makes them easy to understand. We even do it with Mopars; some cars are drivers, and some are show cars. Some cars are intended to be semi-useful daily drivers, and even road-trippable. Others are full-on racers with no illusions of street legality. But there is also a rare type of car so far outside the lines of practicality that they take on toylike proportions. They are built and driven not because of their mechanical attributes, but in spite of them. It’s as if the overactive imagination of a 10-year-old boy has been given voice by very real economic means, giving rise to a wonderfully useless, outrageously powerful car that doesn’t serve any particular function other than to manufacture adrenalin. Steve Oliveira’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is one such car. It’s low, it’s loud, it has massive rear tires, a massive Hemi with a massive roots blower sticking through the hood, and a Lenco trans. It’s wholly and totally impractical and damn near undriveable. It’s the definition of visceral, and attitude reigns supreme. It’s the kind of car that draws a crowd when it rolls in, or anytime it’s… Read full this story
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