1967 Plymouth GTX: A Muscle Car Legend’s Journey to Auction

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In 1967, Plymouth underwent a transformative year, proudly introducing its muscle car offering with a distinctive name. The Belvedere and the Satellite, both equipped with the second generation of the HEMI V8, marked the beginning of Plymouth’s muscle car lineup. Despite the powerful engines, the body design of these cars lagged behind the competition.

Recognizing the importance of branding, Chrysler sought a catchier name to compete with rivals like Pontiac’s GTO and Oldsmobile’s 4-4-2. Thus, the GTX was born, initially as a high-trim Belvedere featuring either the 440-4 eight-cylinder or the potent 426 cubic-inch HEMI.

1967 Plymouth GTX: A Muscle Car Legend's Journey to Auction

The debut year of the GTX, 1967, was notable not only for its introduction but also for its limited production and singular model year status. Out of approximately 12,000 units produced, only 737 were equipped with the high-performance HEMI engine. Among them, a select few were convertibles, adding to their rarity.

One such GTX, manufactured on January 27, 1967, at Chrysler’s St. Louis assembly plant, found its way to West Side Motor Sales in Ohio. After passing through a few hands, it ended up in the care of Mopar enthusiasts John Ward and George Eberst, known for their drag racing prowess.

Despite undergoing restoration and modifications over the years, including a replacement engine and brake system upgrades, this GTX retains its historical significance and appeal.

With 73,338 miles on the odometer, this iconic piece of automotive history is set to go under the hammer at the Glendale 2024 car event in Arizona.

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