Greg's List: Plymouth GTX
By Greg Warner
The Plymouth "GTX" was produced from 1967 to 1971 and in that short period of time, went through three different design changes (3-generations). The Plymouth "GTX" was based on the Belvedere mid-sized chassis and was introduced as a more refined, luxury/performance, "Musclecar" offering. Although it was based on the 116" wheelbase Belvedere chassis, the GTX was only available with upgraded heavy-duty suspension, in order to handle the standard 440 c.i., "Super Commando" V8 and 4-bbl carburetor producing a potent 375 hp (later, an option of three 2-bbl's or a "Six-Pack" dubbed "440+6" was also available, making around 395 hp), or the optional 426 c.i. "Hemi" V8 which produced a whopping 425 hp in box-stock form! The Plymouth GTX was only available as a 2-door hardtop or convertible and came standard with the "TorqueFlite" 3-speed automatic transmission or an optional 4-speed manual transmission.
For 1969, the "GTX" received a subtle "facelift" including an optional, and now functional, "Air Grabber" hood with dual, side-facing air vents. The hood and "Air Grabber" vents were also painted (by over 3/4 of it's total area) with two flat-black racing stripes on top of the body color. Those flat black stripes, a bit thinner of course, were also applied to the rocker panel and fender/quarter panel areas as well. Also new for 1969 was a heavy-duty battery, a higher performance camshaft with larger valves and ports to match, chrome exhaust tips, red or white colored reflective "safety" stripes on front and rear areas, and probably the biggest new option of a "Hurst" shifter was now available. Several rear-end gearing options were offered to enhance performance to your driving needs and front disc-brakes were also available.
However, as popular as the "GTX" was, mainly due to performance "bang for the buck", sales dropped in 1969. This was somewhat due to the fact that the ever-popular "RoadRunner", was now available in a convertible model as well (this would also be the last year a convertible would be offered in "GTX" garb). Only some 15,602 units were produced in 1969 and of those, only about 700 were convertibles, Hemi's accounted for only around 207 units. You can see why these cars today, can bring some pretty big money at the sales and auctions around the globe!
Check out the awesomely sweet, 1969 Plymouth "GTX" (#CC-170340) offered here by Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL and the many other fine cars they have for sale in their well established museum! And better yet, it's worth a visit if you are ever in the area! You can contact them by phone @ 888-703-1565.
Quiz of the week: Name the title of the Jame's Bond movie that brought in over $22,000,000 in 1969 at the box office!
Answer: On Her Majesty's Secret Service!
Thanks for reading and drive safe but have fun! Spring is in the air and we are all gettin the itch to go cruisin!
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