Gentleman’s Muscle: 1968 Plymouth GTX Hemi 4-Speed

Although introduced a year earlier, the GTX would be the upscale brother to the Plymouth Road Runner during its five-year stint in the Mopar playbook. Along with the other Chrysler B-bodied mid-size cars, it would get restyled significantly for 1968 and this one has the distinction of being one of the few to leave the factory with a Hemi engine. The car was treated to a full restoration by its prior owner more than 20 years ago, but still looks quite solid. Located in Cypress, California, it’s offered here on eBay where the reserve has not kicked in yet with the bidding up to $66,900.

Total GTX production would total 18,272 for model year 1968. Of that, 17,246 were coupes and 410 of those came with the 426 cubic inch Hemi engine. According to the seller’s data, 217 of those automobiles were paired with a 4-speed manual, so it was a rare beast then and even more so today. The car was given a documented restoration by the prior owner, at which time an engine switch was made. The Hemi is dated from 1966 and the 18-spline transmission is from 1969. Both were rebuilt and configured correctly for the 1968 application. So, if you must have numbers-matching, this car won’t be for you.

We get the impression from the wording in the listing that the selling party is not the owner. But that doesn’t matter, I suppose, if the transaction concludes smoothly. As we’re told, the car began life in Arizona and stayed there for many years. The GTX has been in the current owner’s possession for more than 20 years, apparently acquiring it after the restoration took place. The buyer will receive a 3-ring binder containing photos and details of the car, its history, and its refurbishment. All the sheet metal is said to be original, so rust wasn’t likely a challenge in its rebirth.

Besides the drivetrain change, only minimal things were done to the car by the previous owner that deviate from the build sheet. They include:

  • replacing the painted wheels and dog dush hubcaps with Magnum wheels and T/A radial tires
  • adding FM to the AM radio along with a rear speaker
  • adding a factory-type tach and rear window defogger

Not to be outdone, the current owner made some improvements and changes of his own:

  • new radiator and the engine compartment was full detailed (including removing the engine and tranny to do it)
  • rebuilt the twin carburetors and cylinder heads
  • installed a new exhaust system and Mopar resonators along with performance rear leaf springs

The finish on the car is its original Burgundy Metallic color and the black interior was correctly redone. This car looks ready to drive anywhere with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer and even fewer on many of the parts and components. When all the bidding dust settles, does this GTX have the potential of being a six-figure car?

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Comments

  1. Troy s

    Gorgeous ride for sure, with the 426 it’s in the one percenter club.
    Five figures, six figures, yeah sure.
    Legendary street/strip cred. Thats why.

    Like 8
  2. Jost

    Park this in my garage next to the l79 nova…..oh no, just woke up

    Like 5
  3. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I guess I’m just getting too old for modern times. To me cars that cost over my annual budget is ridiculous. I recently bought a late model car for over $20k. That’s more than I paid for my first house in 1969. With a monthly payment over $300.00 a month to say nothing of insurance cost, which is another gripe of mine, I must have uninsured motorist protection because other drivers don’t think they should be held responsible. Anyway, off subject. If you can afford a car like this, go for it. I’m just barely living out my retirement years.
    God bless America

    Like 25
  4. Steve Clinton

    And to think these were a bargain in 1969!

    Like 4
  5. Curt Lemay

    Not for me. Too much misery to maintain and insure. If I were to win something like this in a contest or something, I think I would sell it for six figures (Can’t blame me or anyone else for cashing in when the market is hot) then pocket the earnings and think about what more sedate ,easier to live with car i want instead. For a third of this I could get a pristine restore satellite with a 318 that would drive beautifully (heck, more like a quarter or less) and I would still have a big wad of cash for other things. With that 75 or 80 grand difference, just think of the great road trips I could take in my car? That kind of money buys a lot of gas, great lodging, good food. Not to mention, that kind of money buys time for all those people who still have to work. I had a 68 satellite 318 many many moons ago, it trated me well. Wouldn’t mind having another. Of course, i always wanted but never had a 71 Challenger. With a 225/318, that would be like 25K too. Again, wiser, more pleasant buys.

    Like 9
  6. Morley Brown

    Not a MOPAE fan, BUT this would be mine in a heart beat. Must be that Ford fastback styling!!!!!!!!!!

    Like 3
  7. Sam Shive

    OK So it has a HEMI, BUT NOT the original one. That being the case I can buy a 68 Satellite and a Mopar Hellephant 426 Supercharged Hemi Crate Engine, it carries part number (P/N) P5160194 and wears a price tag of $29,995 and save about 30 thousand. NUFF SAID

    Like 6
    • Roy Blankenship

      Except it IS a “J’ code car which means it came from the factory with a Hemi, that alone increases the value of the car. A lot of original hemis disappeared, I bought several junk GTX’s in 1988 while trying to restore a decent car, one had a 440 in it that was barely running for $250, but it ended up being a “J” code car. Even though the car was trashed, the title and build sheet were worth $4K at the time. Best score ever.

      Like 7
  8. George Mattar

    My all time favorite Plymouth. And my favorite color. Please ship to my house. Money waiting.

    Like 6
    • Mikefromthehammer

      It sold for 75K. Was it you?

      Like 5
  9. Kevin

    I’m inclined to agree with Curt,for a weekend track car,yep big dual quad hemi, for regular driving enjoyment, no thanks, this would drink an incredible amount of high octane fuel, just for bragging rights, or to blow someone’s doors off between red lights…back in the day yes now no thanks small block, automatic, good enough.

    Like 6
  10. Patrickj Member

    Why would anyone sell this car..I don’t understand.

    Like 3
  11. Matt G

    Someday I will read an article about a GTX that doesn’t have the word “gentleman” in it.

    Like 7
  12. Kevin

    I always thought the Buick G.S.,was more of the gentleman muscle car or ad some ads of yore said,a doctors hot rod etc.

    Like 2
  13. Troy s

    There’s nothing “gentle” about this supercar, nothing at all really. It’s more in line with the high optioned GTO’s of the day, especially compared to the cheapy Road Runner!
    Gentlemen prefer blondes I heard once, this is dark, very very dark.

    Like 1
  14. Kevin

    Lol,right on Troy,a brute machine, not much different than a satellite, or roadrunner, same bone’s, a few trim changes,and or creature comforts.

    Like 2
  15. Stoney End

    Nice

    Like 1
  16. Lash

    Beautiful car. But think if what can be had for the kind of money in a modern car. More comfort, better performance, more reliability. But I get the appeal. I always wanted a 2nd gen Charger.

  17. Kevin

    The thing I would disagree with on the modern vehicle front,ride quality is stiff,and the thin metal, and huge plastic bumper covers etc.do not withstand much,and cost a fortune to get body work done on,I know thru experience with my 2014 charger R/T I just sold,however it was an awd also,and low miles, so got most of my money back, and enjoyed for over 3.5 years.

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