Time will tell if the fuselage styling on this 1971 Plymouth GTX
becomes as popular as the first-generation cars, but there's no
denying that any piece of Mopar muscle packing a big block under
the hood is going to be a party on four wheels. This clean,
no-nonsense bruiser has been restored as needed over the past four
decades, making it a car you can drive without worries and still
get the flavor of the original.
That subtle dark green paint isn't very old and they not only captured just the right hue, but it has a soft gloss like the original enamel, so it looks very authentic. Obviously this was a very straight, clean car before the paint job and aside from a few very minor signs of use, it looks great in person. A correct set of 440 inserts on the hood were added to give it the right muscle car look and they work with the big, bold 'GTX' emblems that define these cars. It's really a low-key look overall, with no wings or spoilers, and that was always the intent of the GTX, which was affectionately called "the gentleman's express." A few chrome details like the wheel arch moldings add some contrast, while the bumpers are original and their condition should tell you all you need to know about the easy life this car has led. If you like these cars, you need to spend some time with this one.
The interior is older and possibly original, and it's all in great shape, including the seats, dashboard, and door panels, and again, it speaks to the quality of the car. Given the subtle bodywork, the black interior is just right, but the design still has a racy vibe. There are a few signs of use, of course, but it would be a crime to replace an interior this nice, although there are a few little details that could be tweaked. The factory gauges should look familiar to anyone who has driven a vintage Mopar and they're joined by an auxiliary oil pressure gauge under the dash. A T-handle shifter on the woodgrained console is linked to a slick-shifting TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission, and it's still a lot of fun to snap it into gear. The original AM radio is long gone and they haven't replaced it with anything, so an upgrade would probably be a welcome addition. The trunk is also correctly finished with a brand new reproduction mat that fits well and looks good.
With 440 cubic inches on tap, this car is a blast to drive around town. Effortless torque and a fantastic sound mean that you'll be grabbing a downshift every chance you get. It's also quite nicely detailed under the hood, with Hemi Orange on the block, wrinkle-finish paint on the air cleaner, and reproduction decals throughout. The distinctive exhaust manifolds are in good condition and feed a recent dual exhaust system that's not too loud and not too soft, so it's a pleasure to drive on the highway. There's a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor up top, along with power steering and brakes to make it fast as well as easy to drive. The car's warm-weather roots show underneath, where it's in great condition with no major issues and it's got exactly the right stance on those plain-Jane steel wheels with staggered 215/70/15 front and 255/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials.
If you're into driving rather than decoding numbers, this Road Runner delivers big block fun at a reasonable price. Call today!