2,132 Miles: 1968 Plymouth GTX

When Plymouth introduced the GTX in 1967, it was often referred to as a “gentleman’s hot rod” because of all the luxury and trim options available.  It came standard with lots of performance goodies including a 440 cubic inch V-8, with a 426 Hemi available as an option.  In 1968 Plymouth came out with the Road Runner, which was marketed as an affordable muscle car for those on a budget who wanted high performance, while the GTX was more upscale and came standard with some features that were optional on the Road Runner.  The GTX being offered here is a very low-optioned car, and if you have been looking for a B-Body project this 1968 Plymouth GTX might be worth a look.  Located in Chincoteague Island, Virginia it can be seen here on Craigslist with an asking price of $12.000.  Barn Finds would like to thank reader Chuck Foster for the tip on this one.

When you read about a 53-year-old vehicle with just over 2,000 miles on the odometer, one hopes to see a well cared for car or a “time machine”, but unfortunately neither is the case for this GTX.  The car does have an interesting story though, as the seller claims it was not sold new but instead was turned into a company race car, although he does not elaborate on the car’s racing history.  So those 2132 miles were put on the car just a few at a time in quick blasts down the pavement.

Fast forward to 1974 and the motor broke, which resulted in the owner of the dealership losing interest and the car being parked.  The 440 had a few modifications, including an Edelbrock TM7 manifold with a Holley carburetor.  What exactly happened with the engine is not disclosed, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that the motor is going to need a major overhaul before it’s ready to race down the road again.  The GTX has no power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning, and the seller says the only real option it had was a set of road wheels which it still has all 5 of.

In true rat rod fashion, the outer wheel tubs were cut and pushed outward instead of being tubbed, so the car will need a full set of quarter panels.  The seller says that the car was fully undercoated and that there is no rust at all on the floor pans. although some patchwork will need to be done in a few other small areas.  The car is mostly in primer at present, and the seller mentions that the correct color is green which can still be seen on some parts of the car.  Although it doesn’t exactly present well, especially with those butchered quarter panels, I’ve seen a lot of B-Bodies that look far worse.

The interior is said to have originally been two-tone green and the original upholstery is still intact, although the door panels were stored inside the trunk and will need to be replaced.  The console is cracked and the carpet has been the victim of rodent poop.  The dashboard appears to be complete, with an aftermarket gauge mounted underneath and another one on the console.

While this GTX is going to need quite a bit of work, it may be a worthwhile project for somebody who has both mechanical and bodywork skills.  The seller says it is only for sale because he has found something else he wants to buy, and that he also has 11 other vehicles in addition to the GTX.  The car has also been for sale on Craigslist for nearly a month as of this writing, so he may be ready to make a deal.  What are your thoughts on this 1968 Plymouth GTX?

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Comments

  1. Bluetec320 Bluetec320 Member

    Not buying the mileage claim, but the real question is, is it 102132 or 202132 miles

    Like 32
  2. Moparman Member

    (IMO) This story has as many holes as the body does. There are too many inconsistencies about the car in the description, borne out by the pictures (under hood body color) for example. Proceed w/ caution! GLWTS!! :-)

    Like 19
  3. Mark

    I looked at the CL ad……the background in the pictures explains a lot- matches the interior. In one picture there’s an extra shifter on the console next to the console shifter, in another picture it’s gone. Is the duct tape inside the truck weatherproof insulation? I think if the seller put some time into the car to present it better, clean it, install the seats, etc….jack it up and get photos of the underside (if it’s truly solid, especially where the torsion bars are) he’d sell it right away by lowering the price.

    Like 8
    • Steve R

      Sellers like to claim a cars with old speed parts were “race cars” in an attempt to drive the price higher. Like with this car, they offer no proof. The modifications are wrong, the tach is not in the line of sight, why does it have heater hoses, cars were rarely, if ever “tubbed” in the late-60’s and early-70’s. Sellers are hoping some idiot will buy into their story and over pay based on a flimsy story.

      Steve R

      Like 6
    • Gary

      If I want to put time in it, I would hang some new quarters and shoot the car original color….. And triple the price.

  4. Bick Banter

    Car does not match the story. And if it did, ut would be be really sad that someone let a car like this sit for nearly 50 years. Fortunately I don’t buy it. No way I just don’t.

    Like 13
  5. Troy s

    For a “race car” I’d think it would have more than just a different intake/carb set up. Neat valve covers dont mean a thing. Headers, pretty much the norm it seemed. Plus, its claimed to have Magna flo mufflers which were not around in 1974 when this machine was parked. Is that shifter on the console the one used back then? Maybe some stuff was added later or just thrown in for looks. Like the low option all business attitude of the GTX here, hardly a rusted out mopar like we’ve seen here before.

    Like 8
  6. Raymond

    Why they ruin this poor car?….move along folks….nothing to see here….

    Like 9
    • Gary

      I’m really not sure what that is supposed to mean. If you don’t like the car, don’t buy the car… And have a nice day 😑

      Like 2
  7. George Mattar

    Total BS story. It is 102,000 hard miles.

    Like 16
  8. Howie Mueler

    If this was original miles it would not be on Craig’s List.

    Like 10
  9. Jim

    miles 1/4 mile at a time

    Like 4
  10. Sam Shive

    Two Words ……… Trailer Trash

    Like 3
  11. onthree

    Why undercoat a car you are going to race?

    Like 3
  12. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    It seems to be perfect lawn art in it’s current location.
    I say, just leave it there.

  13. DON

    I’m not sure this is even a GTX ; I dont think I’ve ever seen such a bare bones car that was supposed to be the high line muscle car. It looks more like a Road Runner or Belvedere with a different trunk panel and grille .

    Like 2
  14. mercury200

    The cam change hole in the grille is in the wrong spot (LOL).

  15. Rex B Schaefer

    Now it’s a real “rat rod”!

    Like 1
  16. Mark

    Gary 👍

    Like 1

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