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In Torque We Trust: The 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

by Kenny Hoeschen

Bob Gough is the proud owner of a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S, one of the great American muscle cars of the era. Petrolicious paid him a visit to discover why a man who grew up in France and admired European sports cars his entire childhood eventually got himself a pure American Iron ’67 ‘Cuda.

Gough learned that the Formula S package was built to address the poor handling reputation of muscle cars to make them perform better on the road and compete head-to-head with the smaller sports cars coming out of England, Italy and elsewhere at the time. Since purchasing the car, he’s made a few modifications — not with the goal of making it the fastest from 0-to-60, but to make it more fun to drive. He’s replaced the gearbox, installed new brakes, put 15 steel wheels on it, and dropped in a 340 cubic inch V8 from a 1969 Plymouth to replace the original 273 cubic inch engine.

Now, he finds he surprises a lot of sports car enthusiasts with just how well the car handles. And, there are few cars on the road that sound this good.


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