As long as you guys keep buying them as quickly as we can find them, we'll keep listing these killer 1970 Plymouth GTXs. Rarely does one of these hang around for long here at RK Motors, and for good reason. Not only are they brutally fast, but they look great and offer a lot of space and comfort for people who really like to get out and drive their muscle. This particular west coast GTX comes to us with a matching-numbers 440 cubic inch big block and is bathed in its correct—and way cool—Dark Burnt Orange Metallic paint. But before I get ahead of myself, here's the info on this very unusual GTX:
Plymouth Belvedere, Satellite
2 Door Hardtop
U0G: 440 375HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL
St. Louis, MO, USA
225747: Sequence number
E86: 440 cid 4 barrel V8 (High Performance) 375hp
D32: Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission
FK5: Dark Burnt Orange Metallic / Deep Burnt Orange Metallic Exterior Color
P6KW: Trim - Premium, Vinyl Bucket Seats, White/Burnt Orange
FK5: Deep Burnt Orange Metallic Int. Door Frames
518: Build Date: May 18
C60146: Order number
V1W: Full Vinyl Top, White
A04: Basic (Radio) Group
C16: Console w/Woodgrain Panel
C55: Bucket Seats
G33: LH Remote Racing Mirror
J25: 3 Speed Wipers
M21: Roof drip rail moldings
R11: Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)
V6W: Longitudinal Stripes, White
Y07: Build to Canada Specs
Y16: Sales Bank
END: End of Sales Codes
Some guys dig the B5 Blue ones, while others like Rallye Red, but looking in our showroom, we already have a few of each of those. What almost nobody ever sees is Burnt Orange Metallic, and it's a color that is suddenly at the peak of fashion in the automotive world. This is obviously not the original paint job, because no car in 1970 ever looked this good. Two stage urethane glistens on the sleek GTX sheet metal, vividly contrasting with the bright white vinyl top and longitudinal tape stripes. Look at the reflections in the photos and you know that the finish has been rubbed and buffed until it was as smooth as glass. The work was very well done, and on these cars, there's just no excuse to use anything but steel in the repairs, which is how this car was done. Nothing is questionable or eyebrow-raising, just flat, straight, well-finished panels throughout. The same goes for the trim and stainless, which has been either replaced or refinished during the car's restoration. The front grille, which costs a fortune to restore properly, is in outstanding condition with correct argent silver accents and blacked-out center. Glass is good all around with no major scratches or wear, and all the lenses are new at the time of restoration. The vinyl top is correct and extremely well installed with no wrinkles or bubbles, and even the grain is accurate.
Under the bulging hood you'll find the biggest power plant Chrysler offered in 1970: the 440 Super Commando, which, in this car, is the original engine. Cranking out 375 horsepower, this was not a car to be trifled with. While the Road Runner was available with the same power train, the GTX was the upmarket version, something that Plymouth execs envisioned as a gentleman's express. More comfortable yet just as potent, any 440-powered Mopar is not something to be trifled with at a stoplight. The engine bay in this car has obviously been laboriously restored and painstakingly detailed to a very high standard. The fully rebuilt engine features a coat of Hemi Orange paint, and is topped off by a correct wrinkle finish dual snorkel air cleaner with proper reproduction decals. You'll also note a correct ballast resistor on the firewall, wire-style hose clamps, and an expensive reproduction red cap battery, because parts store batteries never look right no matter how you dress them up. Look again at the exhaust manifolds and see that they are not pitted or marked, suggesting that this car has not lived its life in the rust belt. Further evidence of this can be found by looking at the fender tag, which has not been restored or repainted, but instead left original. I've seen much, much worse.
Behind the engine is the virtually indestructible matching-numbers 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic which clicks through the gears with authority—at full throttle, this car will easily chirp the tires on the 1-2 shift. Floors are very solid and showing some signs that this car has been carefully driven and enjoyed, and there's no undercoating hiding the work. Brakes and suspension were obviously rebuilt at the time of restoration, and out back there's a rugged 8.75-inch rear with highway friendly 3.23 gears. An older dual exhaust system exhales through a set of performance mufflers that bring a killer soundtrack to the party, and terminate in the correct chrome tips. Great-looking Rallye wheels carry 245/60/15 BFGoodrich rubber.
Inside, the white and burnt orange interior is simply stunning. The contrast is a feast for the eyes, with bright white seats and darker carpets and dashboard. The seat-covers feature the correct stitching and pattern, and the foam underneath was new at the time of restoration. Overhead the headliner is taut and wrinkle-free, and the carpets under your feet are very good and feature matching floor mats. The center console has been restored and it's been a while since I've seen one where the chrome and wood-grain decals were this crisp. Gauges have been rebuilt and still show well, as does the dash pad. The white door panels carry the correct red, white, and blue GTX badges and wood-grained appliqué, designed to add to the GTX's upscale feel.
Clearly a car that was restored to a very high standard several years ago and has been driven and enjoyed since, this is a rare, unusual and great-looking GTX. With big block power, you'll be feared and respected on the streets, and the color, while probably a love-it-or-hate-it situation, will get more than its share of eyeballs. Personally, I love the way this car looks, but then again, you know I'm a fan of the unusual ones. As a matching-numbers west coast car that has been virtually rust-free from day one, there are few more solid GTXs out there. Unusual, fast, pedigreed, and fully restored. What more could you wish for? This is a great car. Call now!
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