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1 of 362: 1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible

UPDATE 2/24/2022 – It’s been exactly a year since we first spotted this rare Plymouth GTX Convertible. At the time, it was listed in Montclair, California on craigslist with a $41,500 asking price, it’s now listed here on eBay in San Diego and with an asking price of $59,500. The photos this time around are better and show more of the car’s flaws and overall condition. So, do you think its value has really climbed $18,000 in just a year?

FROM 2/24/2021 – While the Road Runner was Plymouth’s budget mid-size muscle car, the GTX went after the other end of the market as an upscale-trim car of the same proportions. It was part of Plymouth’s line-up from 1967 (the year before the Road Runner) and 1971. While urban legend suggests the letters stand for “Gentleman’s Muscle Car” – which works by the way – but more than likely is, “Grand Touring X.” This 1969 GTX convertible was one of only 362 built and has been mechanically restored along with receiving a new interior and top. All that’s left is paint. The car is located in Montclair, California and is available here on craigslist for $41,500 OBO. Thanks, Pat L, for coming through again with another great tip!

Based on the intermediate Belvedere, the GTX only had a one-year run before all the Chrysler B-bodies were redesigned for 1968, taking on an hourglass shape to replace the rectilinear design from 1966-67. The GTX used the Sport Satellite’s trim and was available as a 2-door hardtop and convertible, the latter being produced in much smaller numbers. For 1969, the GTX was little changed, receiving minor cosmetic adjustments to the taillights, grille, and side marker lights. 1969 would be the last year of the GTX convertible, which saw just 700 copies made in total. Of that number, 362 were equipped with the 440 V8 and automatic transmission.

The seller’s GTX drop-top is partway through a complete restoration. The 440 cubic inch Magnum engine with an output of 375 horses with a 4-barrel carburetor has been rebuilt. As has the TorqueFlite and 8 ¾ posti-traction rear end and the brakes are also new. In addition, the car has been treated to a new interior and black convertible top. So, from the driver’s seat, everything looks like 1969 all over again. It’s a highly optioned car, including factory air conditioning, that’s said to run and drive great at 76,000 miles.

Unfinished business lies with the original F3 Frost Green Metallic paint and the body. While we’re told the car has no rust, there is a small scar around the driver’s side headlights and perhaps a small boo-boo on the passenger side rear quarter panel. These would be easy fixes, so time in the body shop should be minimal in restoring the exterior to whatever level of quality the buyer wants.

Online price guides seem to peg nice-to-superb examples of these cars at going for $40-60,000 and – once completed—this car is likely to fall at the high end of that spectrum. If you assumed the survival rate of these convertibles to be 20 percent (after all, they were muscle cars), that would mean that less than six dozen of the 440/automatics might be floating around in the lower 48 and Alaska/Hawaii. This is a car that you might not see its twin of anytime soon.

Comments

  1. Steve R

    If the car is as nice as it appears it’s a good value. Very understated, built more for cruising than all out performance. This is an example if what Chrysler produced when they were at the top of their game in the late-60’s to early-70’s.

    Steve R

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  2. stillrunners

    Agree – looks like a great driver for the money considering it’s rarity.

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  3. stillrunners

    Agree – looks like a great driver for the money – considering it’s rarity.

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  4. Nick

    Very nice GTX. Clearly a West Coast car it’s whole life with 2-60 AC and actual AC.

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  5. Dave

    I always thought that the base GTX engine was the 375 horse 440 with the Hemi optional. No 383 or 440-6.

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    • Nick

      That is correct though the 440+6 became the only other engine option, besides the HEMI, in 1970 and 1971.

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  6. space GREGORY POLLACK

    GTX
    Grand touring experience

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  7. Gerard Frederick

    In late 1968 Iworked as a Finance Mgr. at Rslph Williams´Gulf Gte Chryaler Plymouth in Houston Tx. My company car was the top of the line Plymouth Fury (Gran Fury?), I don´t remember the name. It was a huge boat, very comfortable, very poor quality, leaking water like the Titanic after she hit the iceberg whenever it rained. We had top of the line Chryslers on the lot in which mushrooms grew on the carpets because of the same water leakage problem. Chrysler products were an absolute disaster at the time, quality control being non-existent, drug Selling and usage on the production line in Detroit (Jefferson plant?). At that time Chrysler was at the forefront of implementing a social justice hiring scheme which predictably failed massively and nearly destroyed the company.

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    • cold340t

      Damn, got to bring SJW crap to the Car enthusiast comment sections! Really? If I remember right… the SJ hiring included acid dropping Hippies too. And it would seem that what you are saying about Chrysler was going on at ALL the Major car manufacturers.
      Mopar or No CAR! Let’s keep this about the cars! It is Barnfinds. Right? That’s why We are here!

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      • Gerard Frederick

        SJW crap? Why don´t you write English, instead of this infantile garbage. As far as all companies implementing the same hiring programs, I don´t think so, for if they had, they would have experienced the same problems. As far as keeping this blog one concentrating on cars, of course. I am in full agreement, but that includes historical observations, even if they may not be down everyone´s aisle. Cars are more than just bore and stroke.

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      • Claudio

        Gerard, i totally agree with you

        Most of us write about our car experience and memories and yours is one that many have lived

        You are entitled to YOUR opinion as much as the other one

        This one sided view is sadly the new norm on our side of the border

        Stay strong and thanks for the comments , i remember reading on labor issues and how the uaw pushed it under the rug …

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  8. Carl

    Not to be overly picky, but it has the wrong air cleaner

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    • Dean Herron

      Carl, it is the original air cleaner for California cars with N95 emissions they received the dual snorkle not the unsilenced air cleaners like the rest of the country.

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      • Carl

        Dean, The original air cleaner did not have the dual snorkels for the 440 in 1969. At least it doesn’t on mine that was sold new in Davis California. The air cleaner on this car is for 1967 440 HP.

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  9. its1969ok

    Whitewalls on a GTX? Horrifying!

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    • Carl

      Dean, I beg to disagree with you. My 1969 GTX Convertible has the small air cleaner. I bought it new. It is totally un-restored, un-touched original car. I bought it from a dealer in Davis California. My 1967 Plymouth GTX with the 440, and was sold new in Selma California has the dual snorkel, black crinkle paint. I would be happy to provide you with all the original paperwork that fully documents both of these cars.

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    • Carl

      I bought my 1969 GTX convert from the dealer in Davis California. They had ordered it for stock and it had whitewall tires. Show’s them on the window sticker. My car has with interior, white body with black top.

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  10. Sdwolf2013 Member

    99 per cent chance it left the factory white walls. Nor did it have 22′ black wheels wrapped in rubber bands. It’s beautiful, it’s 1969, leave it alone!!

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  11. Gary James Lehman

    Steve Clinton–always picking flysh*t out of pepper.

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  12. Bick Banter

    I don’t know if the value climbed by 18,000, though in this market, that’s certainly possible. I think it was way under priced at 41,500. Using that term in a very relative sense. A rusty one dragged out of a damp field somewhere would be 20k now.

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  13. stanley kwiecinski

    Shoulda bought it last year when i was a drunk; now being a lush i might have thought i put that dent in the fender!

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  14. Trey

    They are way off with the production numbers.

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  15. Carl

    Stanley, if you have your heart set on a 69′ convert, sober up and call me. I think I might just be in the drunken mood to sell mine!!

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  16. Carl

    Trey…you’re correct…way high

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    • Trey

      @Carl, 700 built I believe.

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  17. Big Steve

    Where’s Mark Worman when you need him? He would know the number and probably the breakdown of 440 to Hemi cars.

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    • Trey

      He doesn’t know much.

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  18. Jasper

    Sweet car. I liked it better with the whitewalls. Looked more authentic. Just my two cents.

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  19. Joe

    Late 1969, a buddy called me for a lunch break ride in Biloxi, Ms. It was in one just like this, but Sunrise yellow, I think. Now I am a sports car guy and was driving a 260 Sunbeam Tiger at the time. We were IN west Biloxi and he was leaping from stop sign to stop sign…. 1 and 2 blocks. Full stop WFO launches. Skeered me…….

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  20. Felix

    Super nice car, air cleaner should say Super Commando, not Magnum. That was Dodge. GTX stood for Grand Touring Experimental. Still can’t believe what these are bringing money wise. Had a ’67 GTX in the late ’80s I paid 400$ cash for and was a daily driver. ’71 GTX after that. Sure miss those days.

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  21. Jim

    When I worked a the dealership we called GTX ( GAS Tires and Xtras ) I think one of the biggest extras was the high insurance premiums. Someone got themself a very nice example. I see it sold

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