It’s fairly amazing how the Barracuda body style transformed through its ten years of service to the Mopar brand. It started out as a soldier in the pony car wars of 1964 and while the fastback design was slick, it wasn’t exactly sleek. The lines smoothed considerably for 1967 as styling cues swayed more towards rounded, contoured edges. That compact A-body package stuck around through 1969 and Angel Garrido’s beautiful example is a good reason why.
Classic Industries took full advantage of a chance to snap a few pictures of the fish with its blue paint looking ocean deep in the Huntington Beach sunlight. According to the corresponding article, Angel’s father bought the Barracuda new in November of 1968 and it’s been a part of the family ever since.
Even though the car was well-cared for, fifty years of use left it needing a face-lift. “The Barracuda’s frame was stripped, cleaned, and refinished before installing fresh suspension components and Cragar wheels clad in BF Goodrich tires. As for the body, it received some new reproduction panels and a coat of sleek B5 Blue paint,” Classic explains.
While the factory-equipped 318 isn’t exactly a powerhouse, it has had a few touch-ups since new. An aluminum intake, Mickey Thompson valve covers, and just the right amount of chrome accessories compliment an engine bay that looks as impeccably clean as the rest of the car. No doubt, Classic Industries’ Mopar catalog probably went a long way towards the effort.