Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spotted: 1969 Mod Top Plymouth Barracuda

1969 Mod Top Plymouth Barracuda
Photo by Kate Tompkins
One of the interesting cars I saw at the Ste-Anne Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk show was this 1969 Mod Top Plymouth Barracuda. Check out the vinyl roof, and the seats. Feeling nostalgic for the Swinging Sixties?

Chrysler first came out with the Mod Top option for some of their models in 1969. If you bought a 1969 Barracuda, Satellite or Roadrunner, or a 1969 Dodge Dart, Coronet or Super Bee, there was a package available that gave you the floral roof, with matching seat and door panel inserts. Or you could just have the floral roof with plain seats or vice versa. The 1970 Barracuda, Challenger and Dart also came with this option.

There were two color patterns available, depending on what your exterior paint was. You could have the yellow/green/black floral or the blue/green floral. Either way, the car also came tricked out with “Mod Top” script decals for the quarter windows. It must have been a fairly rare option. I couldn’t find it in any of the brochures I looked in. Nor had I ever seen one before the Ste-Anne show. But if you do own one, you might want to join the registry at mooresmopars.

How rare an option was it? According to the people at moparsinscale (checked in 2011 when I first wrote about Mod Tops, specific page no longer in existence), quoting from the April/May 1994 issue of Mopar Muscle, there were only 2,876 cars with the Mod Top roof produced in total:

1,637 1969 Plymouth Satellites
   937 1969 Plymouth Barracudas
     98 1969 Dodge Dart Swingers
     55 1969 Dodge Darts
     26 1969 Super Bees
     39 1969 Dodge Coronets
     84 1970 Plymouth Barracudas.

In fact, I think there have been more diecast Mod Top cars produced than actual cars. Though oddly enough there’s a diecast with a pink Mod Top, which never existed. Probably should have, though.

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