In the glory days of the muscle car era, manufacturers allowed you to build pretty much any car you wanted, using a very lengthy options list that included (or didn't include) some very obscure things. Ultimately, that meant that very few muscle cars are alike when it comes down to the options selected. And conversely, if you want to build something for a specific purpose say, driving fast and winning races, well, the automakers would let you do that, too. This 100% documented and matching numbers 1969 Plymouth GTX is just that: a weaponized luxury cruiser with a giant motor, a 4-speed, and a bunch of convenience options like power steering, brakes, and a console. Forget the introduction, just drop the hammer!
This is also a Lynch Road car, so the tag is kind of unusual, but here are the relevant details:
RS23 1969 Plymouth GTXE86 440 cubic inch 1x4 barrel carburetor V8, 375 horsepowerD21 4-speed manual transmission326 Build date (March 26, 1969)039041 Sequence numberB5 Blue Fire Metallic paint (upper body)B5 Blue Fire Metallic paint (lower body)P6D Blue vinyl bucket seatsB7 Dark blue upper door frames68 Unknown (you know, Lynch Road and all)C16 Woodgrain center console
Fortunately, this car also comes with an original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet that has been fully decoded by Galen Govier, so there really aren't any questions about its specifications. Someone put a big, nasty 440 and a 4-speed in their luxury-oriented GTX.
Someone has also restored it to better-than-new condition. Stripped to a bare tub and placed on a rotisserie, every square inch of the original body was sandblasted bare and any flaws were repaired along the way. Judging by the restoration photos that accompany this car, there's not a lot of damaged metal and no panel replacements were required. Chalk it up to clean living down south. The original B5 Blue Fire Metallic finish was replicated inside and out, top and bottom, and again, restoration photos show a lot of block sanding going on to get it as straight as it is today. The lower flanks were finished in black with a red stripe, as were all GTXs of the time, which helped them stand out when parked alongside their Road Runner brothers.
The GTX was a unique piece, however, and things like the grille, tail panel, and badging made it stand out without going over-the-top, which is how GTX customers liked it. The chrome on this particular GTX has been fully refinished, and if you like brightwork, the GTX is a great choice with just enough to make it flashy without adding a lot of weight. That tail panel I mentioned a moment ago is beautifully restored as well, and just in case you were wondering, it's an original. Good luck finding a nice one if you is restoring a GTX.
As a Govier-verified 100% matching-numbers piece, that is most definitely the original 440 cubic inch Commando V8 under the hood. In fact, this GTX carries one of the most exactly detailed engine bays we've seen in a long, long time. The engine wears correct Hemi Orange, and the finish is so nice that you'd probably want to wax it if it weren't under the hood. Reproduction hoses and clamps show the correct markings, there's a new yellow cap battery, and all the cad plating is just the right shade of green-gold. Heck, even the battery cable has overspray on it, just like the factory did it. The Air Grabber system is fully functional, too, and you just know this big block needs all the air it can get. How does it run? Superbly. It fires up with that characteristic Chrysler whir followed by a deep rumble of exhaust as those eight big cylinders start firing almost instantly. As nice as this car is, you're going to have a hard time resisting putting it on the road after you hear how it sounds.
This one also carries its original 4-speed manual behind the engine, as well as a stout Dana 60 out back with 3.54 gears and a Sure Grip limited slip. With the body restored on a rotisserie, it was easy to make the floors look as good as the rest of the body, and they create a brilliant Blue Fire backdrop for the highly detailed chassis components. You'll note that most of the components have been refinished in their original colors, but its powdercoat, not paint or plating, so it will look this good virtually forever. That includes the front lower control arms, torsion bars, spindles, trailing arms, and sway bars, all of which have been completely restored. The dual exhaust system features a crossover and a set of Flowmasters, which are one of the few deviations from stock to be found anywhere on this car, but you just can't argue with the sound this one makes. There are also new lines and hoses throughout, ensuring that this one drives as great as it looks. And for the ultimate in stealth, a set of painted steel wheels wearing dog dish hubcaps and F70-14 Firestone Wide Oval redlines keeps the flash to a minimum.
The matching blue bucket seat interior has been restored to the same high standards as the bodywork. New seat covers match the originals exactly, and include those cool headrests that seem to finish the interior and make it look complete. The dash includes a complete array of gauges, including the optional tachometer, which is tucked in just to the right of the speedometer. All the woodgrained areas, not just the center console but on the dash and door panels as well, have been upgraded with new appliques, and much of the chrome appears new. Just be warned, you really need to like bright blue to own this car, because even things like the dash pad, carpet, and headliner are finished in that brilliant hue. The trunk has been correctly finished with a new mat, full sized spare, and a complete jack assembly.
As I mentioned earlier, there is an original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet from behind the seat, as well as a full Galen Govier decode. We also have the original owner's manual, warranty booklet, restoration receipts, and a full album of photos from the rebuild showing every step of the transformation. To be honest, this was a really nice car even before they took it apart.
If you've been looking for a no-questions-asked GTX, look no further. Although we seem to find more than our fair share of nice ones, they remain rare cars, particularly those that haven't been abused, beaten, rusted, and abandoned. This one has obviously been a cherished toy for decades, with car show plaques dating back to the early 80s. The restoration was comprehensive, taking this GTX to national-show-winning caliber, and the pedigree makes it stand out among its peers. We love these cars, and this one is one of the best we've seen. Call today!
You May Also Be Interested In
What Customers Are Saying
After hearing good things about the people at RK Motors, I contacted them regarding consignment of my street rod. I found Tony Klein to be a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and forthcoming in our communications. He evaluated my vehicle and made suggestions of enhancements which would help ensure the desired result would be achieved in the marketing of the vehicle. We agreed on an acceptable sale price. Following the completion of the recommended items, I brought the vehicle to RK for consignment. After a thorough inspection and correction of some minor issues at what I considered a fair price, the vehicle was offered for sale. It sold quickly with me receiving the agreed value. I would have to repeat the recommendation that I received. RK Motors does what they say they will do, and obtains for the seller a fair and agreed value. What more could you ask for?Doug C.