Limelight
Black
440 Super Commando V8
4 Speed Manual
  • Original 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 / 6 BBL induction
  • Original A833 4-speed manual transmission
  • Dana 60 rear axle / Sure-Grip differential / 3.54 gears
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Power steering / 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 17-inch billet wheels
  • Correct Lime Light paint
  • Correct Black vinyl bucket seat interior
  • The beneficiary of a concours-level restoration that, completed in 2010, has logged roughly 1K miles
  • Sale includes restoration photos

SUMMARY

* The beneficiary of a concours-level restoration that, completed in 2010, has logged roughly 1K miles
* Original 440 cubic inch Super Commando V8 / 6 BBL induction
* Original A833 4-speed manual transmission
* Correct Lime Light paint
* Correct Black vinyl bucket seat interior
* Dana 60 rear axle / Sure-Grip differential / 3.54 gears
* 17-inch billet wheels
* Power steering / 4-wheel disc brakes
* Upgraded suspension
* Sale includes restoration photos

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Garden-variety just won't cut it here at RK Motors Charlotte. We turn away a lot of cars that don't meet our standards because we know they won't meet yours. And whenever there's something neat that simply needs a little tweaking, our own RKM Performance Center can take it to the next level. Today's case in point? A 1970 Plymouth GTX that features a numbers-matching 440, 4-speed transmission and correct Lime Light aesthetics. But since sometimes "stock" just won't do, we let the pros over at the RKM Performance Center take a crack at it. Without making any changes that can't be unbolted and returned to 100% stock condition, the result was this killer GTX resto-mod that'll knock 'em dead on the road and at the show!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Thanks to nut-and-bolt restoration, conducted roughly 1,000 miles ago by the RKM Performance Center, this coupe is truly sublime in every way. Naturally, the car's paint and bodywork were worked to a concours level. Those massive quarter panels are straight and body gaps are better than new. The paint is modern 2-stage urethane that was applied over a rigorously block-sanded body. Correct satin stripes were added to the Air Grabber hood to duplicate Chrysler's Performance Hood Treatment, and along the sides of the car terminating in the scoops in the rear quarters. And hours of color-sanding and buffing resulted in a paint finish that, if it were some kind of wild candy-pearl concoction with flames, would be winning Best Paint awards at national-level shows.

Trim is equally nice, with front and rear bumpers that are brilliantly refinished in show chrome to match highly polished stainless. Correct GTX emblems were added to the flanks. The grille has been properly restored in correct Argent Silver, and the Satin Black tail panel looks perfect against the green paint. New lenses have been installed throughout, and where reproductions were not available, the originals were polished to as-new condition.

ENGINE

Pull the pins on the car's Air Grabber hood and you'll find an original V-code High Performance 440 6 BBL Super Commando V8. The engine was rebuilt to stock specs during the restoration. Proven ancillaries, like a Wilwood master cylinder and pliable MoPar plug wires, complement factory-correct elements, like Hemi Orange paint and a reproduction red cap battery. Up top, the 6 BBL carburetion system was rebuilt and tucked away under a correctly decaled air cleaner. And everything is flanked by a set of coated long-tube headers.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

The chassis was where a bulk of the modifications were made. But, again, there's nothing that can't be unbolted and returned to stock in a weekend if a pure stock GTX is what you're after. The floors, of course, are painted to match the body, something that many particularly enjoy with MoPar's Hi Impact Pigments. Detailed for show, everything is fresh, from the lines and hoses to the gas tank, as well as that beautifully finished stainless steel exhaust system that's complete with Magnaflow mufflers. Behind the 440, an original A833 4-speed twists a stout Dana 60 that's stuffed with 3.54 gears and a Sure Grip differential. Up front, the car's original suspension was upfitted with a set of trick shocks and fat sway bars, along with a tighter steering box for improved curve feel. In back, lighter leaf springs and upgraded shocks were installed to make the chassis more responsive, and polyurethane bushings were used throughout to improve precision and tracking. Wilwood disc brakes were bolted up at all four corners, finally supplying this MoPar with the braking power to match its big horsepower. Rounding out the modifications is a set of custom-built billet wheels that are shod with two 245/40ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S and two 275/40ZR18s Michelin Pilot Sport A/S.

INTERIOR

Interiors were one place where Chrysler consistently got it right, and this GTX is no exception. Restored to 100% stock specifications, this car's black bucket seat cockpit is every bit as comfortable as it looks. The GTX was intended to be an upscale model, and simulated wood was used liberally throughout its passenger compartment. The seats have been given fresh foam and covers, which feature gray piping for a bit of contrast. A reproduction console from B/E & A adds to the luxury feel. Also from B/E & A is a reproduction woodgrain steering wheel. Fade-free carpets cover the floor, protected by GTX logo floor mats. The gauges were rebuilt to include a Tic-Toc-Tach, and there's a correct Pistol Grip shifter atop the 4-speed transmission. On a resto-mod, one is always tempted to go overboard with the entertainment system, but to preserve this incredible numbers-matching classic's integrity, the original R11 Music Master radio was retained and rebuilt. And, finally, the trunk was finished to OEM standards, with a fresh mat, a full-size spare tire and a correct jack assembly.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Here's a quick look at the car's Fender Tag:

* RS23:
* -- Plymouth Belvedere/Satellite
* -- Special/GTX
* -- 2-door hardtop

* V0G:
* -- 440 cubic inch V8 that utilizes three 2-barrel carburetors to create 390 horsepower
* -- 1970 model year
* -- Assembled in St. Louis, Missouri

* 161703: Production Sequence Number

* E87: 440 cubic inch V8 that utilizes three 2-barrel carburetors to create 390 horsepower
* D21: 4-Speed manual transmission
* FJ5: Lime Light body paint
* P6XA: Premium Black trim/vinyl bucket seats
* TX9: Black Velvet door frames
* B18: Assembled on November 18th, 1969
* 079460: Order number

* FJ5: Lime Light roof paint
* A33: Track Pak axle/3.54 gears
* C21: Center front seat cushion
* C55: Bucket seats
* J25: 3-Speed wipers
* M21: Roof drip rail moldings

* N85: Tachometer
* N96: Fresh Air Hood
* R11: 2-watt Solid State radio
* V21: Performance Hood Treatment
* V6X: Black longitudinal stripes
* 26: 26-inch radiator

* END: End of Sales Codes

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* Vintage marketing literature
* Restoration photos
* A wheel key
* A large display board

Restored to stock condition, this would undoubtedly be a top-flight GTX that would take home awards at the MoPar Nationals. Given that fact, a few choice modifications really take the car to an entirely new level. Professionally restored, and modified so that it can be returned to stock condition at any time, this GTX presents the best of both worlds. Its numbers-matching powertrain, killer Lime Light paint and load of desirable options make it a quality investment that you'll enjoy driving and showing. Looking for some first class muscle? This Plymouth is exactly the classic you've been searching for!

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