Would you spend $1.2 Million on a classic Plymouth Barracuda muscle car even when the owner lists that this car has “factory fluids” still in the engine?
The classic cars consignment dealership and of owner of this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda is really shooting for the moon with this 426 cu. inch. 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, asking an astronomical $1.2 Million to buy it. According to RKMotors.com on their listing that I came across earlier today (Dec. 10, 2018) this isn’t your run of the mill 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, it’s a highly optioned, low-miles, numbers matching, all-original ‘Cuda a.k.a. Unicorn. But the one part that has people tripping over themselves over and has a few prospective bidders concerned is that it has factory fluids?
Don’t get me wrong, Plymouth Barracudas are very uncommon classic cars. You’re more likely to run into a dozen classic Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros before you come across a Barracuda and finding a low-mileage one in the wild is close to impossible let alone online, so this listing has some merit.
Also, as far as classic cars go, it’s usually the ones with the biggest engines and most options that solicit the most money, and for good reason. Naturally, Barracudas with the most options are going to be rarer and most desirable.
This one’s got the bigger 426 V8 engine paired to a heavy-duty Torqueflite automatic transmission, quarter panel sports stripes, special lighting package, and optional Dana 60 Super track rear end with 4.10 gears to name a few. This ‘Cuda was, more or less, optioned out strictly as a low-milage boulevard cruiser not to be driven too hard over its lifetime. An investment of sorts.
But factory fluids? Surely, this car does NOT have its original oil from the factory. Oils in the early 70’s aren’t like oils of today with 15,000-mile oil change intervals and lab-engineered additive packages.
You’ll be relieved to know that indeed the original owner changed the oil quite religiously with his first one done only a hair over 200 miles with other fluids topped off as needed.
It would be silly to think the current custodian of this car really kept all that old fluid sitting around in an engine for that long. Perhaps, by factory fluids, he means the old stuff has been drained and kept stored in some bottles somewhere. That would probably make more sense.
I’ve reached out to this dealership for clarification on what factory fluids means and will update this article when I hear a word back from them.
Source: RK Motors.com