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The Plymouth GTX began in 1967 as the Belvedere GTX.  From 1968 to 1971 it would be a model in its own right.  From 1972 to 1974 it would be an options package on the Road Runner.

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1983 BookRoadrunner: A Source Book edited by Samuel A. Shields, Jr.; Motorbooks International


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 18 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Plymouth GTX is an automobile introduced as the Belvedere GTX in 1967 by the Plymouth division. It was positioned as a mid-sized upscale-trimmed performance muscle car through the 1971 model year.

1967

The GTX was based on the Belvedere, but differentiated by blacked out grille and special rear fascia, fiberglass simulated hood scoops with optional racing stripes, a chrome "pop-open" fuel filler cap, and a tachometer mounted on the center console.

The GTX was positioned as a "gentleman's" muscle car. Standard was Plymouth's 440 cu in (7.2 L) V8 engine called the "Super Commando 440" rated at 375 hp (280 kW). Optional was Chrysler's 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi. A heavy duty suspension system was also standard.

1968-1970

Chrysler introduced major changes in the design of the 1968 model Plymouth B-bodies and the GTX was given a completely new look. A new hourglass body replaced the previous rectilinear design. The high performance 440 was standard in the GTX. The TorqueFlite automatic transmission was standard on the GTX, while it was an extra cost option in the Road Runner. The GTX used the Sport Satellite trim and was offered in two body styles, a two-door convertible and a two-door hardtop (no B-pillar). All featured dual horizontal "racing stripes" on the lower sides ending with a GTX emblem ahead of the rear wheel openings.

The GTX was positioned to be upscale model of the Plymouth Road Runner by adding a touch of luxury to performance. The new budget performance version of the Belvedere featured the new 383 cu in (6.3 L) "Super Commando" V8 (renamed the "Road Runner 383"). It also had less insulation and comfort items, which reduced weight and kept it in the low price field.

1971

The B-body was redesigned for 1971 and featured rounded "fuselage" styling with a raked windshield, hidden cowl, and a loop-type front bumper around a deeply inset grille and headlights. This was the final year for the GTX as a stand-alone model. The convertible body style was dropped.

Engine choices were 440 four-barrel, 440 with three two-barrels (Six Pack), and 426 Hemi. Emission restrictions such as lower compression ratios and faster-acting choke operation lowered the base 440 output by 5 hp (3.7 kW), to 370 hp (280 kW). The 440 Six Barrel was down to 385 hp (287 kW), but the Hemi was still rated at 425 hp (317 kW). Due partly to rising insurance rates on muscle cars, sales were low. There were less than 3,000 units produced in 1971.

For 1972 through 1974, any Road Runner ordered with the optional 440 was renamed Road Runner GTX and included the badging of both previous models.


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1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX 1967 Belvedere
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1967 Plymouth GTX Model 1967
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1967 Plymouth GTX Model 1967
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1970 Plymouth GTX 1970
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1970 Plymouth GTX 1970
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1970 Plymouth GTX 1970
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1970 Plymouth GTX 1970
1970 Red Plymouth GTX with Air-Grabber hood scoop and 440 Six-Pack hood markings. Almost too small to be seen in the picture (unless you look very closely) is the shark-mouth emblem on the side of the hood scoop, somewhat reminiscent of the WW2 P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971 440 Six Pack
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971 440 Six Pack
1:24 scale Revell
Factory Stock
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971 440 Six Pack
1:24 scale Revell
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1971 Plymouth GTX 1971 440 Six Pack
1:24 scale Revell
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Highway 61 500291967 Plymouth GTX1:18 scale, black
Die Cast - American Muscle 366731971 Plymouth GTX 4401:18 scale, black
Die Cast - Hot Wheels G6828-05161971 Plymouth GTXMuscle Mania, small scale, yellow w/black stripes, short package
Die Cast - Hot Wheels B3837-0714C G1Plymouth GTX 1971Cereal Crunchers, small scale, yellow w/Honey Nut Cheerios, convertible
Model Kit - Monogram 2730Plymouth GTX 2 'n 11:24 scale


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