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1972 Plymouth Barracuda - If You Have To Ask…

Wayne Tunis' '72 Plymouth Barracuda

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Yes, those are handmade carbon-fiber trunk hinges. And the dash inlay, and the fuel cell cover, the hood, and other bits we probably can't even see. We'd ordinarily walk past such a display of wealth had this car not been so bright and so hard to ignore. Then it woke the dead with 500 at-the-wheel horsepower and glinting polish seldom seen.

Nice as Wayne is (we also featured his Dart in 2009), he didn't build this car himself. Shocker, we know. Instead, he took it to John Balow at Muscle Car Restorations (MCR) in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, for a white-glove rotisserie restoration and Pro Touring treatment.

MCR is known for ultra-quality. We've noted parts under the car like brackets and supports with the same fit and finish as the top side of the car. The boys at MCR strip these cars to nothing and then slowly rebuild everything with calculated attention to detail. It's evident when you see the car as a whole.

"This vehicle was originally planned to be a drag car by the former owner," Wayne says. "Unfortunately for them, times were difficult and the car had to be sold." Luckily for Wayne, he was at MCR when he noticed the E-body sitting half-finished and for sale. John and Wayne started talking about Pro Touring and what it would be like to have a fast car that handled with the styling that comes with the '70–'74 E-body. "[I]…think it is the most perfectly designed muscle car of all time," Wayne says. "Combining the fabulous appearance with modern performance and comfort is a winning combination."

So it went. This kind of quality ain't cheap, so if you want to make guys stagger around blinded by the nickel-plated rear sway bar and the layers of hand-rubbed PPG Y1 Lemon Twist Yellow, you are going to have to pay. Just don't ask how much, that question is impossible to answer.

Tech Notes

Who: Wayne Tunis

What: '72 Plymouth Barracuda

Where: White Rock, BC, Canada. Umm, we don't know anything about Canada.

Body: We started here because the body is utterly fantastic. We couldn't believe it, either. Starting with a standard '72 Barracuda, the guys at MCR custom-crafted a carbon-fiber AAR hood and subframe, decklid, and the overlay for the front and rear valance. The car was block-sanded to death and hit with PPG Y1 Lemon Twist Yellow. The stripe and 6.1L logo are custom black vinyl.

Wheels/Tires: Big 18x8 and 18x10 Weld Legacy wheels fit under the fenders with the help of big wheeltubs. The tires are Bridgestone 295/35ZR18 and 235/40ZR18s. Wayne estimates the top speed at 171 mph, making the ZR rating relevant.

Interior: We think the carbon-fiber factory melted down while this car was inside. The dash is carbon fiber and the console is custom and isn't made from carbon fiber, but the shift handle is. The seats are V-racing from Koenig with a five-point harness, and the rest of the interior is black leather. The gauges are Auto Meter, and the stereo has DVD surround sound and satellite radio with jacks for the latest iGizmo from Apple. There is also a complete rollcage built by MCR for the drag-racing effort that will do nicely in a Pro Touring event.

Engine: The Hemi is an '05 6.1L built by PFC Enterprises. It isn't stroked or bored, but the pistons were swapped for a set of forged dishes, and the Paxton Novi 1500 supercharger uses a 12-pound pulley. It's all controlled by an AEM computer and uses Mopar SRT injectors and a Rock Valley in-tank fuel pump. The numbers Wayne gave us were 518 hp and 474 lb-ft from the MCR chassis dyno.

Exhaust: Stainless Works makes the swap headers for this job. But you need to have some sort of aftermarket K-member as well. This one is from Magnum Force.

Chassis: This was to be a drag car, so MCR had already added tubs and a four link in the rear. To finish the job, the chassis was tied into the K-member and the rollcage. The front clip uses a Flaming River manual rack, QA1 coilovers, and Pinto spindles. The sway bar is "beefy" in size, and both the front and rear are nickel plated.

Brakes: To get it stopped, 10-inch discs are used from a Stainless Steel Brake Company (SSBC) E-body kit.

Transmission: The six-speed is a Viper box that plugs into a custom-fabricated Mittler Bros. housing with an 83⁄4-inch 3.55:1 Ultimate Driveline ring and pinion. The axles are from Moser.

Cash: Wayne is a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Stay in school.

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