Museum Find: 1969 Plymouth GTX

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For many people, the thought of a museum conjures up images of paintings, stuffed animals, and other things forgotten within the mists of time. However, a museum can also be home to something very desirable. That was the case with this 1969 Plymouth GTX. The seller recently liberated it from its life as a museum piece and has returned it to active duty. It is beautifully preserved, and this iconic muscle car is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner. It is located in Macomb, Michigan, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN of $53,900, and there are currently seventy-six people watching the listing.

It seems that life in a museum has been kind to this GTX. It’s Ivy Green Metallic paint shines beautifully, and I’m struggling to find any imperfections in the supplied photos. The same is true of the vinyl top, although it is difficult to determine whether this is Black or Dark Green with how the light hits it. Encouragingly, there are no signs of bubbling or any issues that might be a precursor to hidden problems. One shortcoming is the lack of information on this classic’s history. It isn’t clear whether someone treated it to a restoration before it was museum-bound or whether it is a stunning survivor. There is no evidence of rust, and if no problems have reared their ugly head after fifteen years on display, that could augur well for the next owner. The tinted glass appears flawless, as are the chrome and wheels. As always, an in-person inspection would be a wise move. However, if the photos are an accurate indication, I would be surprised if the process reveals any problems.

The drivetrain combination hiding under this GTX makes it the slowest offering in the 1969 range. Of course, it is worth remembering that “slowest” is a relative term. The car features a 440ci V8 that produces 375hp. The rest of the drivetrain includes a three-speed TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, and power brakes. If someone pointed this baby at a ¼ mile and buried the right foot, it would storm through the traps in 14.2 seconds before winding its way to 132mph. The considerably more expensive Hemi/four-speed cars sit at the top of the performance tree with figures of 13.5 seconds and 137mph. So this car doesn’t lose by much when you consider the considerable extra cost associated with ordering a Hemi in 1969. Now, do you see what I mean about using the word “slowest” in this article? It isn’t clear whether this GTX is numbers-matching or whether it was regularly serviced during the fifteen years it spent on display. The seller reveals that the car is in a roadworthy state and is ready to take its rightful place on our roads. He also mentions an odometer reading of 56,000 miles, although he doesn’t indicate whether he holds verifying evidence that confirms that reading as genuine.

When I started scrolling through the photos in this listing, I braced myself for some glaring problem or issue. It seems that I’ve failed dismally on that front because the Green vinyl interior is as immaculate as the rest of the vehicle. There is no evidence of wear on the upholstered surfaces or carpet and no cracks on the dash or pad. I can’t spot signs of wear on the wheel, and there are no apparent aftermarket additions. It isn’t dripping with optional extras, although the bucket seats, AM radio, and factory tachometer are welcome inclusions.

While I remain an advocate for the preservation of classic cars, the thought of seeing a vehicle like this 1969 Plymouth GTX languishing in a museum feels wrong. Its designers intended it to roam free on our roads, and for me, that’s where this car belongs. I’m glad that the owner has returned to active duty, and I hope that the buyer has the opportunity to enjoy all that it has to offer. It would suit a meticulous Mopar enthusiast, so it will be interesting to see if any of our Barn Finds readers are interested in pursuing this one further.

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Comments

  1. Stan

    Beautiful car. Always liked the Belevedere model and its siblings.

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  2. Joe Machado

    Is this a scam?

    Like 5
  3. flmikey

    Have we not seen this car before? I don’t mind a repeat, especially when it is this thing of beauty…great find!

    Like 6
  4. wuzjeepnowsaab

    This can’t be real. A car like this should be priced minimum 50% more. I call scam on this one

    Like 8
    • flmikey

      I think he forgot to type a 1 in front of the 53, or your guys are right….way too low for this one…

      Like 1
    • Mark C

      Agreed. If this thing was rusted away to nothing but doors and the cowl and still had a vin tag you’d see guys asking $30k. Well, maybe not that much, but still. Price is weirdly low.

      Like 2
  5. ace10

    $91.0/60.3/41.3/26.9
    Per Hagerty

    Like 1
  6. Mark

    This has been posted before….

    Like 2
    • Rixx56Member

      Correct, Mark… and at 46K

      Like 1
  7. Howie Mueler

    Has other cars listed, 3 negatives on his first feedback page.

    Like 3
  8. Lance

    If this is a 69, where are the head rests?

    Like 2
    • Joe Machado

      Headrest federal law was mandatory January 1, 1969.
      Optional before that date.
      One of my 1969 Chargers did not have headrests.

      Like 0
  9. PRA4SNW

    Price definitely feels scam-ish.

    Doing a Google image search reveals it had been listed on 2 different sites and both claim is sold for $38,900. Not sure when, though.
    https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1319409/1969-plymouth-gtx-for-sale-in-macomb-michigan-48044
    https://classiccarsbay.com/for-sale-1969-plymouth-gtx-in-fort-myers-macomb-mi-florida-20177

    Like 2
  10. DaleMember

    A nice car for sure, and I wouldn’t mind but the eBay business on how to do that escapes me or I don’t have the interest to learn how.

    Like 0
  11. Gerald Ramey Jr

    Pretty nice car. It looks just like the one I had a chance to buy in 1988 for $4,000. Same color, stripes, etc. Except that car had a 4-speed and a console. Like an idiot, I passed on it. If only I could go back in time and have a serious talk with my younger self!

    Like 0
  12. David Sebben

    I had a slot car identical to this as a kid, always wanted a real one. Guess I’m still wanting.

    Like 0
  13. Greg Errett

    Would love to find a 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite hard top coupe with a 318 engine for sale. Any out there or leads on one?

    Like 0

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