1969 Savage GT 340 Barracuda


This car is beyond “rare”.  I bought this car simply because it is almost unheard of to find one.  This one was sitting out in the field in Wisconsin when it was found.  When pulling it out of the field, the rear-end, rear axle and wheels didn’t come with the car.  To be blunt, it was a derelict.  It was necessary to put a 2×4 across the inside of the engine compartment to keep the fenders from collapsing inward.  I didn’t know if I would ever restore the car, due to the fact that it had many custom parts that are unavailable today.

The Savage GT was a two-door compact/midsize car built by the company Autocraft in either Fond du Lac or Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1968 through 1969 by heavily modifying a Plymouth Barracuda of the same years.

It had wire wheels, lake pipes, a fiberglass trunk lid with molded spoiler, a modified grille, and a roll bar that wraps around the outside of the seats just at the level of the seat bottom. The tail panel and grille had “Savage” badges. It was available with 340, 383, and modified 440 Magnum Chrysler engines.

The Savage GT is featured in the December 1991 issue of Mopar Collector’s Guide.  In the article, it states that only 10 to 13 were originally built, yet it gives no breakdown by engines nor transmission. There were nine 340’s, three 383’s, and one 440 built. Currently, there are 3 known to exist as of 2013, two 340 and one 383 car.  Even in this horrible condition, it still counts as 1 of the 3 known to exist.

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Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!