Jay Leno Takes a 500 HP Hurst Barracuda for a Spin
During the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the car collecting comedian jests to the camera, “You always hear the old expression, ‘they don’t build them like they used to,’ and that’s good!” Leno has a point. More often than not, we envision the storied ‘60s and ‘70s muscle cars through a nostalgic haze, in the process, sidestepping the many times woeful steering, build quality, or rock-hard suspension. Nevertheless, classics are classics, and one very special car just so happened to swing by Jay Leno’s shop–a modernized, Hurst-tuned 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. It was purpose-built in recent years to relive the Hurst glory days, now featuring the brand’s iconic black-and-gold color scheme, and comes fully loaded with 500 horsepower of V8 immediacy. Leno got behind the wheel to give the Barracuda a spin, take a look. RELATED: New Trademark Suggests the Barracuda May Return
While stuffing a big Hemi under the hood might be the ultimate performance modification, this ’67 A-body Barracuda forgoes a custom “Hemi Cuda” treatment in favor of a fully-built 408 cu. in. small block V8, which generates a round and healthy 500 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Factor in the 150-shot of nitrous hiding in the trunk and you’ve really got a car that can pounce.
The V8 now backs up to TKO600 five-speed gearbox, which rides atop a Hotchkis suspension and sleek Centerline wheels. It’s an absolute looker, and based on Jay Leno’s commentary, it’s quite the sensation to drive. Geez. If the only built them like they used to…wait, whoops.
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