Last week, we covered a video that showed a 1970 Camaro SS racing a Studebaker Challenger R3 in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag series at Mid Michigan Motorplex. Now we’re back with more Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag series action from the midwestern dragstrip – this time involving a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda 340 and a 1969 Pontiac GTO.
The aforementioned race between the Camaro and Studebaker was extremely close and this matchup seems as though it will be different, as these two cars are fairly equal on paper. The Barracuda is a 340 Formula S model equipped with a 340 cubic inch V8 engine, which was factory rated at 275 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. This particular model also features a TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission and a set of rather tall 3.23 factory gears.
The Pontiac GTO, meanwhile, is equipped with the 400 cubic inch Ram Air III V8, which is rated at roughly 366 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. This car pairs the big bore V8 with a four-speed manual transmission and a set of 3.90 rear gears.
While the Pontiac GTO seems to have the advantage here with its more powerful engine and shorter rear gears, the Plymouth has a slight weight advantage. According to the video uploader, the Pontiac tips the scales at 4,046 pounds with the driver, while the Plymouth comes in at 3,592 pounds driver included. Tests from the 1960s indicate the GTO was capable of hustling through the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 98.2 mph, while the Plymouth could muster a pass of 14.93 mph at 96.6 mph.
These two cars seem pretty evenly matched, but which one would you put your money on? Place your theoretical bets, readers, and check out the video embedded below to see which of these American muscle cars will reign supreme.