1972 Plymouth 'Cuda Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
With a new grille and single headlights (very similar to the 1970 model) and four circular taillights for 1972, the Barracuda would remain basically unchanged through 1974. Emissions and safety were grabbing government (and insurance company) attention and the big-block was gone from the ‘Cuda’s option sheet. The heavy duty suspensions and rear axles, and large/wide tires mounted on 15" x 7" wheels were no longer offered, and the convertible model was also dropped. It was a sad time in the muscle car era- no more underrating cars, fooling insurance companies; the man stepped in. It was time to get serious for the car companies and Plymouth was at the forefront of this with the Barracuda. For 1972 only, three engine choices were offered: a 225 six, the 318, and a revised 340 detuned to meet emission standards. For 1973 federally mandated safety larger bumpers with rubber-faced guards were added front and rear. Sales of pony cars were on the decline. Sales had dropped dramatically and Barracuda production ended 1 April 1974, nine years to the day after it had begun.