I’m going to be honest with you: I always kind of thought the Plymouth Barracuda had a dumb trunk setup. This was mostly because I always felt that its fastback shape was wasted by not having some sort of hatchback or at least an opening rear window. I was so smug in my evaluation that I was blind to the reality staring me right in the face, at least metaphorically: the Barracuda actually had a pretty clever trunk solution! Even without a hatchback! Let me explain.
You see, you can sort of think of the Barracuda as a car with a pair of cargo areas, sort of like a Volkswagen Beetle: an enclosed trunk and an open luggage well. Like the VW, the Barracuda could fold down the rear seat, making the interior luggage well larger, but still separate from the trunk.
But in the case of the Barracuda, a “security panel” can also be raised or lowered, connecting the interior cargo volume with the external trunk volume, creating a space that can contain all kinds of large, long, oversized objects like lumber or skis or six-foot party subs or long salamis or mastadon bones or whatever. Here, look:
So, the result is a car with enclosed, lockable storage that can co-exist with a large interior loading platform and can be easily adapted to hauling huge stuff! It’s clever, even in its hatchlessness. A seven-foot long bed is a seven-foot long bed, even if it’s only, what, 18 inches high at the tail end? Still, impressive, and, more importantly it is “fully carpeted anything space.” The best kind of space!
This car named for a fish has opened my eyes to the error of my ways. I guess I have a lot of growing up to do.