Plymouth got a two-for-one out of their Road Runner/GTX twins, but they played distinctly different roles. The Road Runner was all about bargain performance, while the GTX was its more sophisticated brother designed to combat the likes of Buick and Mercury. With that in mind, this handsome 1968 GTX tribute combines brute horsepower with some luxury features that make a fantastic way to travel.
With a restoration that’s a few years old, the subtle GTX still has presence. Finished in a Frost Blue Metallic, it’s a subtle, attractive color that works on the upscale GTX more than on the high-impact Road Runner or other in-your-face muscle cars. The shape was all-new in ’68, but the traditional styling cues are still there, from the sleek hardtop profile to the crease in the quarter panel. The sheetmetal is quite straight and clean, suggesting a solid car was used as the foundation for this GTX tribute. The conversion is quite thorough, with proper black rocker stripes and GTX emblems on the grille as well as just behind the doors. There’s also plenty of chrome that’s all in very good condition, and I have no idea where they found the GTX-exclusive tail panel, which is virtually unobtainable today.
A light blue interior combines original-style vinyl with more luxurious cloth seating surfaces on the factory bucket seats. Not strictly authentic, but certainly in tune with what the GTX was trying to achieve and a big step up from the original vinyl. This car was originally a base-model Satellite, so the dash remains fairly plain, although it does include a fairly complete set of gauges with clear markings. The factory Music Master AM radio is gone, replaced by a newer AM/FM/cassette heat unit that’s been quite neatly installed in the dash. The door panels with their woodgrain inserts look new, as do the carpets, with everything else showing proper care and not a lot of use. The sizable trunk includes a correct mat, jack assembly, and a set of original painted steel wheels if you want to go back to the OEM look.
Mopar fans will probably take a quick glance at the fender tag and realize that this car originally carried a 318, but today it’s powered by a potent 440. Dressed in Mopar finned valve covers and air cleaner, it makes impressive power and torque using an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and intake manifold. Rebuilt last year and showing less than 1500 miles on it since, it remains fresh and very streetable, with endless big block torque available at virtually any speed. The engine bay is nicely detailed, not totally stock, but clean and interesting to look at and 100% operational. It’s backed by a column-shifted 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic, and the factory-issue 2.76 gears make it an effortless high-speed cruiser. A new dual exhaust system sounds downright wicked, and while you’re looking around under there, note that the original floors are in remarkably good original condition and that there are new leaf springs in back and fresh shocks all around. 14-inch Rallyes look sporty and now wear fat 225/65/14 Dunlop radials.
Documented with a Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet, owner’s manual, and restoration receipts, this is a fun, inexpensive piece of Mopar muscle that still turns a lot of heads. Call today!