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Plymouth GTX, White, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $29,995.
In 1969, if you were shopping for a hot car, you had more choices than at almost any other point in history. If you were a Mopar fan, you knew that you could get a Road Runner for next to nothing and it would be fast, but you'd be limited on options. On the other hand, stepping up to the GTX meant that you got all the go-fast goodies, plus a nice dose of comfort and convenience items, not to mention an awfully long options list to go along with it. This '69 GTX is a great example of Plymouth's sport/luxury hybrid, which included some pretty impressive hardware:
Plymouth Belvedere, Satellite
2 Door Hardtop
St. Louis, MO, USA
145889: Sequence number
E86: 440 cubic inch V8
D32: Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission
W1: Alpine White Exterior Color
P6X: Trim - Premium, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Black
X9: Black / Black Velvet Int. Door Frames
A15: Build Date: October 15
153783: Order number
C16: Console w/Woodgrain Panel
C55: Bucket Seats
G33: LH Remote Racing Mirror
M21: Roof drip rail moldings
M31: Belt Moldings
M33: Body Side Moldings
R11: Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)
V1X: Full Vinyl Top, Black
END: End of Sales Codes
First of all, Alpine White looks awfully good on the big GTX's sheetmetal, and it remains an unusual color today, since many of these cars get resale red paint jobs when they're restored. Personally, I think this car looks awesome with its black and white color scheme, and with a restoration this nice, nobody will ever complain. Fit and finish is very good, and the car has a nice patina that looks highly authentic-a pleasant contrast to the over-restored, ultra-glossy cars you see so often at shows. Even in white, it's hard to ignore the GTX's sharply creased panels, which are expertly finished and show no signs of rust or damage in the past. The contrasting black vinyl top and lower body moldings help accentuate the GTX's long, low lines, and the distinctive bright red accent stripe on the rocker panel adds just the right amount of color and ties in perfectly with the grille up front. You also got a nice smattering of chrome on your GTX, and the bumpers and stainless on this car have been polished up to make them ready for show.
Inside, the black bucket seat interior is where the extra money for the GTX went. It's luxurious and sporty, more Bonneville than bargain basement. Clearly restored with the rest of the car, the interior sports the same soft patina as the body-nicely finished, but inviting and comfortable. Chrysler's interior designers were the cream of the crop in the late-60s, and you can see their handiwork everywhere, from the Plymouth badges in the seat backs to the racy 3-spoke steering wheel, to the stylish shifter for the automatic transmission. The wood-graining on the console and dash warm up the black interior, even though it's not particularly convincing as wood, and the dash is full of functional gauges that include a tachometer. The carpets were replaced during the restoration and the headliner was installed at the same time, leaving a nicely finished driver's compartment that's as comfortable as it looks.
Power comes from the biggest engine in Chrysler's stable, the venerable 440 cubic inch big block. Equipped with the Six Pack induction system as this one is, it cranked out 390 horsepower, which was enough to make the GTX one of the most formidable machines on the streets in 1969. The engine looks very business-like under the hood, with Hemi Orange paint on the block and that big Six Pack air cleaner up top. This one shows signs of proper maintenance since it was restored, although it has been driven and enjoyed which is always good for keeping a car healthy. The rocker covers are obviously not original, with the stamped steel pieces being replaced by cast aluminum Mopar Performance units with a cool black wrinkle-finish and bright accents. The original cast iron exhaust manifolds dump into a reproduction dual exhaust system with correct mufflers and tips, and there's something special about the rumble of a 440, even when compared to the slightly metallic ring of a Hemi. These are some sweet-running engines, especially with the three deuces up top. The floors still carry the original factory undercoating, more proof that this is a clean car that never had any significant body rot. Brakes and suspension are well maintained, and it rolls on a set of handsome Magnum 500 wheels wearing white-strip Firestone Wide Oval bias ply tires, as original.
For the guy who wants some Mopar muscle to drive, this GTX is an excellent choice. The color combination is extremely sharp, and the work is nicely done throughout the car. You'll never get tired of the roar as all six barrels open wide, and the feeling of the car hurling itself forward as only a big block V8 can do. With chiseled good looks, the GTX will never go out of style, and their values are stable, so you can be certain to get your money out of it when the time comes to sell it later. An extremely nice, easy-to-drive big block Mopar, this GTX will look absolutely awesome in your driveway. Call today!
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