The Mighty Plymouth GTX
The shapely new intermediate Plymouth was the basis for the GTX and the new Road Runner, part of Plymouth's "Rapid Transit System." While the GTX combined 440 and Hemi power with a classy interior, the Road Runner reinvented the muscle car with a lightweight, bare-bones car with 383 Magnum, 440, or Hemi engines and catchy graphics.
During the 1968-69 seasons, Plymouths struggled to keep up with the sleek Ford Torino and Mercury Cyclone bodies in NASCAR racing (Richard Petty even switched to Ford in 1969), so the winged and beaked Superbird was introduced in 1970 in response. 2,783 Superbirds were built, most with 440 power. Genuine Hemi cars are rare and very valuable, but any GTX or Road Runner from this era is a blast to own and drive.
Overall, the 1968 through 1970 Plymouth GTX scores three out of five stars across the board for reliability, maintenance costs, parts/support and market appeal. Good examples can fetch $40,000 or more with rust-buckets selling for what it costs to drag em' out of the yard.
Later this week we'll find you a GTX for sale. It just may be your next muscle car!
(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)
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