Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
In 1968, if you were shopping for a hot car, you had more choices than at almost any other point in history. If you were a Mopar fan, you knew that you could get a big block GTX with a bunch of go-fast goodies, plus a nice dose of comfort and convenience items, not to mention some good options list to go along with it. This '68 GTX is a great example of Plymouth's top sport coupe, which leaves little doubt as to the original owner's intentions.
First of all, Matador Red looks awfully good on the big GTX's sheetmetal, and it remains a very popular color today. Combine black stripes with a shiny chrome wheels, and with a restoration this nice, nobody will ever complain about the look, that's for sure. Fit and finish are very good, and surely much nicer than what the factory was producing when these were new. In bright red, it's hard to ignore the GTX's sharply creased panels, which are expertly finished and were given lots of attention during the restoration. It's easy to see the hundreds of hours spent block sanding and smoothing the panels until they were just right, and the final result is nothing short of impressive, with only very minor flaws visible upon closer inspection. You also got a nice smattering of chrome on your GTX, and the bumpers and stainless on this car have been polished up to make them ready for show.
The black bucket seat interior is a wonderful place to spend some time. Luxurious and sporty, the interior sports very similar quality as the exterior-nicely finished, inviting and comfortable. Chrysler's interior designers were the cream of the crop in the late-60s, and you can see their handiwork everywhere, from the Plymouth badges in the rear seat to the 3-spoke steering wheel, to the patterned upholstery, and to the coolest part of the cabin of all: the pistol-grip shifter that controls the 4-speed manual below. The ideal combination of bucket seats and a floor shifter is the reason so many people are lifelong Mopar fans, there's simply no better way to operate a powerful classic. Fortunately, they sprang for a full complement of gauges when this car was initially ordered, including a tachometer, and a trio of white-face auxiliary instruments underneath the dash help monitor the engine even further. The original AM radio remains in the dash and the trunk is correctly finished with a reproduction mat, with enough room to accommodate for almost any travel arrangements.
Power comes from the biggest engine in Chrysler's stable, the venerable 440 cubic inch big block. The engine looks very business-like under the hood, with HEMI orange paint on the block, finned Mopar Performance valve covers, and that big open-element air cleaner up top which hides an upgraded Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and Holley Street Dominator intake. This one shows signs of proper maintenance since it was restored, although it has been driven and enjoyed which is always good for keeping a car healthy. The original cast iron exhaust manifolds were dumped in favor of long-tube headers, which feed a Thrush dual exhaust system that sounds awesome, and a giant aluminum radiator up front keeps the whole show nice and cool. Power steering allows for easy two-finger driving when you feel like cruising in between collecting pink slips, and power front disc brakes bring all that American steel to an immediate stop on command. It rolls on a set of flashy chrome Ridler wheels wearing 225/45/18 front and 275/35/20 rear Nitto radials.
For the guy who wants some Mopar muscle to drive, this GTX is an excellent choice. The color combination is extremely sharp, and you just can't go wrong with big block power. Call today!
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