In 1968 Plymouth prepared 50 special Barracudas for Superstock racing under the B029 tag. These all featured the potent HEMI engine as part of a high-performance package. They were intended for some of the best Super Stock teams including Sox & Martin.
The cars were built at the Hamtramck plant in Michigan along with the HEMI Darts. The steel bodies were stock but had seam sealer, sound deadening and insulation removed. The cars were finished in a grey primer with front panels made of fibreglass painted in black. A functional air scoop was included on the hood.
All interiors were very basic. Finished in a standard black upholstery, the heater and radio were deleted from the build. The front seats were replaced by lightweight Bostom Companion buckets which the rear seat was completely removed and replaced by a cardboard panel. Lighter glass was fitted as was a smaller 135-amp battery in the trunk.
Chassis modifications were limited to Super Stock rear springs and heavy-duty shock absorbers. The steel wheels were painted black.
The 426 HEMI engine was fitted to a A833 standard tranmission case with modified Super Stock internals. This was attached to a Hurst Competition Plus floor shifter.
Chassis and Sales.
B029M8B390659-Offered by Russo and Steele at their 2010 Arizona sale. Described as “fully documented from it’s original owners until today. The car was in and out of the famed Sox and Martin Race stable repeatedly during its race life an comes with a statement of fact from Ronnie Sox along with his autograph and that of Buddy Martin and Herb McCandless on the hood: all original members of the famed Sox and Martin Race team. As is the case with most cars, this car also was owned and driven by other famous race teams, whose documentation is also included. Most recently the car was featured at Mopars at the Strip in Las Vegas in 2006.
The car was also accompanied by Buddy Martin at the 40th Anniversary of Hemi Super Stock reunion held in Las Vegas at Mopars at the Strip in 2008, and the car was also featured in another tribute 1968 Barracuda Hemi reunion in August of 2008 at the All Hemi Reunion held at Quaker City Raceway.”
1968 Plymouth HEMI Barracuda B029 – did not sell for $80,000. 1 of 55 Hemi Cuda Hurst cars. Factory Hemi B029. Complete restoration with update to NHRA specifications. Original check mate car. Bob Reed Indy Super Stock winner. Original fender tag. Original lightweight glass, doors and fenders. Original dash VIN tag and radiator support. NHRA Best Engineered Car award. NHRA Best Appearing Car award. All top line racing equipment Mark Williams/P. Auction Source: 2011 Mecum Kissimmee, FL Auction