Plymouth was such a big deal back in the day that they used to wipe the floor with the other well-known brands in the muscle car sector. First gracing the roads in 1929, Plymouth became one of the biggest car brands in American history before going bust and releasing the last model in 2001. The grey-haired men today that were youthful during the muscle car bubble of the 60s and 70s nostalgically tell of a season when all you wanted was a small car with a big, powerful engine. Well, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This aspect hasn’t changed much today, the adrenaline of hot blood youths still desire powerful Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge, or a Porsche. Despite gaining the height of popularity back in the day, Plymouth ran into a myriad of troubles which eventually made them shut down. As we remember the good old days of the brand, we track down a few cars that made Plymouth great and some that sent it to oblivion.
10 Great: 1964 Plymouth Barracuda
The Plymouth Barracuda came out in 1964 and was intended to be under the Valiant family but was later adopted in 1967 as a standalone nameplate. It was sold in fastback, notchback, and convertible trims, with the fastback trim being incredibly advanced for its time.
Aptly coined after a blood-thirsty type of shark, the Barracuda sought blood such as the 4.4-liter V8 or the 6.3-liter V8 that the Formula Sport 383 trim offered, with the latter producing 280 hp. Between 1970-1974, the Barracuda was like the Dodge Challenger and was successful until the embargo caused its production to cease.
9 Great: Plymouth Superbird
Inspired by NASCAR, the Plymouth Superbird is arguably one of the best-looking muscle cars ever built. While some might disagree with this statement, it’s an incredible-looking car instantly recognizable when you see it.
The huge rear wing and the nose cone were not just a design statement. These features also helped to maximize the Superbird’s aerodynamics and downforce during NASCAR races. The aerodynamic shape, coupled with a powerful V8, helped the Superbird win eight NASCAR races. The Superbird originally didn’t fly off the production line, which prompted Plymouth to take away the aerodynamic nose and huge wing, causing it to look like the Road Runner to help with sales.
8th Great: Plymouth GTX
Just by looking at the car, the GTX looks like a beast. This car had big block power and had some interesting color options. This car was produced in 1971 only, making it very rare these days and highly sought after.
The GTX’s awesome power was produced by a 7.2-liter V8 with three double-barrel carburetors and dubbed the GTX 440+6 or the GT Xtra. They made the shifter unique by adding a pistol grip, and the Air Grabber hood made it look more muscular. The Plymouth produced 370 hp, which packed a lot of punch.
7 Great: Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda’
The Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda was loved because it “killed” many well-known muscle car brands on the track and the quarter-mile run. The Barracuda was nice, but the HEMI Cuda was more potent as it could deliver low 13-second passes.
The Hemi ‘Cuda was produced in 1970 and was probably the greatest HEMI car ever made, and although rare, it is still very much in demand as it has a six-figure price tag even today.
6 Great: Plymouth Fury
First introduced in 1956, the Plymouth Fury was so popular that it was produced all the way to 1989. It was Plymouth’s first muscle car and was created when no one knew where the future of muscle cars was headed. The Plymouth Fury was initially under the Belvedere umbrella but got its model in 1958.
The 1958 Plymouth Fury shot into the limelight as a demonic-possessed car in the 1983 movie “Christine” (original novel by Stephen King), which created a cult-like following for the car. The Fury had a 5.0-litre V8 producing 305 hp which was unstoppable.
5 Little Success: Plymouth Breeze
The Plymouth Breeze was introduced in 1996 as a four-door mid-sized sedan to replace the Acclaim. Production for the Breeze was stopped in early 2000, and it was the car maker’s last mid-sized model.
The car had a softly tuned suspension and special order packages but was Chrysler’s low-end model Cloud Car. Poor marketing and sales made this car, and other Plymouth cars, eventually cease production.
4 Little Success: Plymouth Neon
The Plymouth Neon was an uninspired attempt by the carmaker to build an economical car. It was as if Plymouth tried to cut corners by getting cheap parts to make the car more affordable.
Granted, the cab was spacious, but sales were low due to the frequently blown head gaskets, the paint that kept peeling off, and the low rating in crash tests which made it not too safe to drive.
3 Little Success: Plymouth Lasers
The Plymouth Laser was introduced in January 1989 as a sports coupe. It had a racey look with a full rear lightbar, a plastic panel instead of a grille, a bulb on the hood, and an option of stylish alloy wheels.
The Laser RS came with a CD player, the first of its kind in a Plymouth. The Plymouth Laser was discontinued in June of 1994 due to poor sales, with the 1994 Laser being very rare due to very limited production.
2 Little Success: Plymouth Tourism
The Plymouth Turismo had a 1.6 liter engine and was a front-wheel-drive sports coupe produced from 1982 to 1987. Plymouth gave the car a facelift in 1984 by giving it double headlights, a wider C pillar, and a modified hood.
Unfortunately, production ceased in 1987 because the car was not selling, and a total of 204,000 of these cars were built.
1 Little Success: Plymouth Volare
The Plymouth Volare was never going to win any awards. First appearing in the late ’70s, Plymouth tried to improve things and improve sales by creating the Plymouth Volare Road Runner, but it was awful, with the dull design and the poorly created V8 engine that produced only 120 hp and achieved a top speed of 99mph
The seatbelt tensors would also fail with time, and the car had issues with the fuel system as well, causing the carmaker to discontinue production.