Make no mistake about it; Scott Medori is a car guy.
He liked the automotive field enough to become a licensed tradesman as a transmission specialist and co-owns Parkland Transmission, a shop dedicated to the world of transmission repair.
Scott comes by his automotive interests naturally because his father owned a car dealership, more specifically a Chrysler dealership.
His dad’s dealership played a role in Scott’s choice of the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda fastback as his favorite car.
Most car guys lean toward the third generation Plymouth Barracuda built between 1970 and ’74 as their first choice for the Fish cars from Mopar. Scott is the right age to pick a car like a second generation Barracuda that was brand new on a car lot during the impressionable part of his life when he was a kid.
The ’67 Barracuda was the first ‘Cuda to forge its own unique look. The first generation Barracudas were built between1964 to 67 and they were essentially a Plymouth Valiant with a very large fastback rear deck made mostly of glass and nicknamed a “greenhouse” for that very reason.
The resemblance between a Valiant and a Barracuda during this time frame was striking, so Chrysler wanted to give the Barracuda its own unique identity with the 2nd Gen Barracuda. The sheet metal change meant Chrysler was able to offer three separate versions of the Barracuda in 1967: a notchback coupe, a convertible and Scott’s favorite, the fastback.
The fastback version looked fast, even at a dead stop, and the look was not lost on a young generation of admirers that included Scott. Scott has never owned his dream car but he carries the same level of enthusiasm for the 1967 Barracuda he had as a youngster. The second Gen fastback Barracuda would last from ’67-9.
A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda had a few basic engine options that ranged from a practical 225 Slant Six choice to a very rare big block 383 monster engine offered in the Formula S Barracudas. In between was a lively 273 small block V-8 choice that combined performance with mileage in the lightweight pony car.
This was the point where we found out Scott is a practical man when we asked him what kind of power-train would suit him for his dream car 1967 Plymouth Barracuda fastback. Scott was comfortable with the style of the car as his primary reason for his attraction to the car and he was just as comfortable with the Slant Six engine as a power choice.
Scott wanted the kind of car where he could “put the key in and drive” when he wanted to use it.
His strong mechanical background meant he was interested in a reliable and uncomplicated driver instead of a tire-smoking street monster.
A 1967 Barracuda with a six-banger also met Scott’s mileage requirement for his dream car because the 225 Slant Six sipped gas by comparison to the 383 cubic inch option available in the sporty Plymouth that year.
When all is said and done, Scott’s choice did indeed boil down to the style found in a 2nd Gen Barracuda fastback. He also liked the idea that a ’67 Plymouth Barracuda is not as common a sight as more popular car choices from the 50s, 60s and 70s, so he factored that information into his dream car choice.
The world of old vehicles offers a tremendous array of personal favorites and we at MSCC like an unassuming guy like Scott Medori’s personal choice for a dream car; the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda fastback.