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For Sale: 1967 Plymouth Belvedere
in Charlotte, North Carolina

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RK Motors Charlotte
RK Motors Charlotte
5527 Lakeview Road
Charlotte, NC 28269
704-596-5211
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Whats your ultimate muscle car? One of the best things about our hobby is the sheer diversity of cars and the guys that love them. I was at a car show over the weekend with my 1969 Dodge Charger R/T and was sitting enjoying the sun when I overheard a woman speaking to her friend. She commented that each of these cars is a reflection of the owners personality. Now, Ive been around the hobby for 30 years and I have to admit this was something new, and it could only have come from a womans point of view. But as I sat there thinking about it, I realized that, for the most part, she was exactly right.

Getting lost in thought, I started to wonder what that said about me? After all, I was driving a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. Did that mean I was a closet Bo Duke, secretly desiring to outrun the local Sheriff? Naahhh, I just like Chargers. Besides, my favorite car is the 1967 Plymouth GTX.

I purchased my first 1967 GTX in 1986, at the age of 22. I spent a ton of money and hundreds of hours of my time restoring that car. Back when I was 20, I had the opportunity to purchase an ultra rare 1967 GTX Hemi Convertible out of an estate in Boardman, Ohio. The car could have been mine for the princely sum of $7,000.00, which was a ton of money for a 67 Plymouth back in 1984. Even then, I realized how rare the car was. I tried everything I could to raise the money to buy the car, but couldnt pull it off. I often wonder where that car is today, now that the 67 Hemi convertibles are $200-$250K cars. Alas, it was not meant to be!

Since the mid 1980s, Ive owned at least 20 1967 GTXs, with an equal mix of hardtops and convertibles. In 2009, we finished the restoration of the best one wed ever done up that point, a white 67 GTX HEMI hardtop that came equipped from the factory with an R0 Super Stock HEMI motor and was most likely the last HEMI GTX built in 1967. You may have seen that car featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines in 2009 or on the show circuit. The restoration of that car was exhaustive, with all original or NOS parts from top to bottom. This car has traded hands over the past couple of years for north of $140K on two occasions.

So lets get back to that ultimate muscle car. As stated, for me, its the 1967 GTX. But what does that say about me? Why do I love these cars so much? Well, for starters, they are smaller and lighter than the 68-71 HEMI cars-so they are relatively fast cars in stock trim. As Car Driver pointed out, the 67 HEMI GTX is the 6th fastest muscle car ever built (in stock form). Second, they have a relatively simple, no frills design, with fantastic ornamentation, from the anodized aluminum grille to the fender mounted turn signals and bright wheel lip moldings. Third, they have fantastic interiors, with loads of chrome and bright shiny knobs.

I love these cars because, in my mind, they are a perfect blend of style and substance. Not too flashy or gaudy, with some classy touches throughout that let you know youre in a higher end car. In short, the 67 GTX was the first true luxury muscle car Chrysler ever built and with a HEMI and 4-speed on board, a car that could not easily be trifled with on the streets. I think they are best summed up as walking softly, with some class, but performing when the money is on the line.

Now, whether youre a 67 GTX fan or a 70 Chevelle fan or a 69 Mustang Mach 1 fan, we all have our ultimate car within the car. And, while Ive owned 20 + 1967 GTXs in my life, I had to yet to find the ultimate version (for me) until last year. My criteria have always been: had to be a HEMI car, had to have a 4-speed, had to have an original drivetrain, had to have documentation, had to have original sheet metal (these cars were rust buckets), and it had to be black with a red interior, preferably with Medium Red stripes. Until last year, I had long given up on finding a 1967 GTX that fit all my criteria. After all, Chrysler only built 312 HEMI 4-speed GTX cars in 1967. Thats not very many. And, assuming that 6% of them were black, thats roughly 18 black cars total. Out of those 18, how many had red interiors? And out of those, how many were actually out there with their original drive-trains and sheet metal. Id never seen one and Ive been going to Chrysler events since the early 80s.

In the spring of 2009, I received a call from a gentleman in Wisconsin, looking to trade a 1967 HEMI 4-speed GTX in on one of our restored Mopars. He explained that he purchased the car in the early 1980s, started a restoration, but never got much beyond some minor disassembly and some light body work. Intrigued, I asked him some questions. What was the color combination? Much to my surprise, it was a factory black car with red stripes and red interior! Was the drivetrain original to the car? The original engine and transmission were in the car and had never been touched. Even the original and impossible to find 1967-only distributor to coil wire was present and the original part number tag was on the original 1967-only distributor! Eager to get a deal done, I reviewed a few pictures of the car and passed on our normal physical inspection process. I tried not to get my hopes too high. After all, this was a Wisconsin car and, as we know, a car that a customer views as a cream-puff can turn out to be a nightmare.

When the trailer pulled into our parking lot with the car last spring, I nearly leaped out of my chair and tried not to knock anyone over as I ran out the door. Before the truck was in park, I had flung the trailer doors open and snuck inside and what I saw blew me away. A super clean, near-survivor 1967 GTX Hemi 4-speed with 99% of its original parts, perfectly and easily restorable. Present was the original fender tag, original distributor tag, original seat tags and all original sheet-metal. Crawling underneath the car, I could see that the original floors, trunk and frame rails were shockingly clean, with no rust to be found anywhere. As I looked further, my amazement grew. Original weather-stripping on the door and trunk. All original glass. Original interior. This GTX had the light package, which included the fender mounted turn signals. It also had an in dash clock and the rear speaker option. Front disc brakes? Nice! All of the original anodized aluminum, stainless steel trim and exterior/interior chrome was in excellent condition and easily restorable. In short, I was expecting to be disappointed with a car that needed everything and I was surprised to find a car that needed barely anything beyond some good old fashioned hard work.

With the expertise we picked up restoring the white HEMI car in 2007-2009, we made a fast decision to provide this HEMI GTX with a restoration equal to the that car and to debut the car at the 2010 Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals alongside our 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S 383 4-speed convertible. A quick inventory of the car was done before the disassembly process was started and we determined that the ONLY parts we would need to find would be replacement rocker panel moldings and replacement wheel lip moldings. These parts had been badly mangled while in storage at some time in the past and were not usable. Aside from these parts and vinyl/rubber, we would reuse every metal part on the car, right down to the original door handles, fender mounted turn signals and HEMI only dog-dish wheel covers.

The restoration process began with a complete disassembly of the car ...For more information please call the seller.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 134647
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$169,900
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Charlotte, NC
Zip
28269
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
624

Year
1967

VIN
RS23J7

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Black

Interior Details

Color(s)
Black

 
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