1 of 701: 1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible

The Plymouth GTX arrived on the muscle car scene in 1967 but was only around for five years as a model of its own. It was a performance machine for those buyers who also wanted a higher level of trim and creature comforts with their road racers. Production numbers trailed other Chrysler muscle products, so the GTXs are not as commonly seen today as Road Runners and Chargers. And this 1969 edition is a convertible, so the numbers are even smaller. Located in Westborough, Massachusetts, this survivor-quality drop-top is available for $65,000 here on Barn Finds Classifieds.

For such a short production life, the GTX would be built on three platforms. The Chrysler B-body intermediates were in their last year of a cycle in 1967 when the car was introduced. Then there was the generation produced between 1968 to 70 when the GTX got its greatest traction, and the 1971 model year when the B-bodies changed again with fuselage-like styling. Chrysler did some consolidation of their products in 1972, so the Dodge Super Bee was gone and the GTX would become a higher-level option on the Road Runner.

Only 701 GTX convertibles were assembled in 1969 and all of them except for 11 had a Magnum 440 cubic inch V8 under the hood that produced 375 hp. Most of those GTXs were built with an automatic transmission which was in staying with the high-end nature of what the car was all about. This ’69 drop-top has 76,000 miles that the seller can substantiate with documentation. The drivetrain on this Plymouth is numbers-matching and we’re told the auto performs well.

The top-end on the V8 has been rebuilt, but the rest is said to be original. The engine/ transmission pairing is matched with an 8 ¾ rear end with 3:23 posi-traction. The carburetor and distributor are the same pieces that the Plymouth left the factory with. The car’s green paint is original and is showing its age with that “patina” look popular with some folks. But since there is no rust on the body, why repaint it (they’re only original once)? On the other hand, the interior has been redone along with the boot for the top. This is a loaded car, including factory A/C, and the seller says everything works but the radio. This is a performer that won’t turn up weekly at Cars & Coffee unless you bring it.

Comments

  1. Sniperfox

    I’m not a MOPAR expert, but shouldn’t the air filter cover have SUPER COMMANDO instead of 440 Magnum written on it?

    • Leslie Martin Member

      Good catch. I believe the “Magnum” terminology on air cleaners is original to Dodge cars, and “Super Commando” is original to Plymouths. The pie plates were interchangeable in many cases and were sold as spares thru dealerships. So it’s possible one of the owners switched it at some point.

      But what’s important to me is that the air cleaner itself appears correct, with the flat clearance for the A/C compressor on the front and the nipple for the breather off the back.

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  2. Leslie Martin Member

    Wow…a ‘vert GTX with factory A/C? That has to be a rare combo. It’s so original that I wouldn’t restore it. But personally, I think it would benefit from a top quality respray if nothing else to preserve it. Either way it’s a beautiful car.

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  3. George Mattar

    Do not paint. Store in garage on carpet. Drive on nice days. So few original cars left. Why destroy it? Wish I had the room. I passed on a 68 GTX in 1984 for $1,500. Those days are over.

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  4. DON CULLEY

    These B bodies have always been one of my all time favorite designs. This one, If I could afford it would always drive me crazy – ” The original paint is worn out , should I paint it ? If I paint it, it would make it look so much better, but it would then not be original , but the original paint is worn so should I…etc , etc….

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  5. John

    Sorry boys that is not original. They came with a Super Commando not a magnum. Dodge was magnum orange motor. Plymouth was a Super Commando with a blue motor.

    • Sniperfox

      That’s what I was thinking when I saw the pic although I wasn’t aware of the engine colors. My best friend had a 70 GTX and I remembered him telling me that although there is no mechanical difference between them, Dodge was marketed as a Magnum and Plymouth was the Super Commando. That was their brand names.

  6. BONE

    I’m pretty sure the 1969 Plymouth Super Commandos were also orange , any blue engine in a 69 GTX was usually a big block out of a land yacht. The air cleaner could have been changed out at one point

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