Cruise-In Outtake: 1966 Barracuda

I ran across this very solid 1966 Barracuda last May, at the Iowa City cruise-in–and there was something amiss about it. Okay, yes, those are 1962 Impala wheel covers, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Yes, that appears to be a 1949-1950 Mercury grille.

For reference, here’s an image of a stock 1966 Barracuda; I guess the owner of the Iowa City car must have had a Mercury grille hanging in his garage. Grille aside, it was a pretty nice car. I can’t remember the last time I’d seen a 1964-66 Barracuda before spotting this one. By the way, at last month’s cruise-in, I saw the same car sporting Mopar Rallye Wheels. Maybe there’s an NOS grille in this car’s future…