It took Plymouth three years to introduce the GTX after Pontiac introduced the 1964 GTO. Plymouth had the hardware with decent 383s and, come 1966, the 426 Hemi, but Plymouth learned the hard way that performance car buyers also wanted image. The GTX would fix that for 1967.
The core components for the GTX were a standard 440 Super Commando with 375 horsepower, TorqueFlite automatic, heavy-duty suspension and 11-inch drum brakes, and 7.75 x 14-inch Red Streaks. “Now there’s no place for tigers to hide,” Plymouth proclaimed, a diss to the GTO thanks to the GTX’s “biggest GT engine in the world.” The competition relied on optional engines to compete with the GTX’s (and none were nowhere near as big) and, if the 440 wasn’t up to task, there always was the 426 Hemi.
Plymouth completely redesigned its entire Belvedere series in 1968, with 1969 featuring typical model-year revisions. The GTX continued to include a standard 440, but updates for the model included grille, taillights and trim/identification tweaks. Visually, the most noticeable change was the removal of the GTX’s side stripes, replaced with black textured paint below full-length lower body moldings, plus reflective tape sport stripes in red or white. A nifty new option for 1969 was the Air Grabber, a vacuum-operated air-induction system that was included when the Hemi was ordered.
Nineteen sixty-nine also marked the last year of the GTX convertible. This example is painted Bronze Fire metallic (T5) with a black bucket seat interior with “buddy seat.” Other notable options per the fender tag include the Air Grabber, Track Pak with 3.54 gears and Dana rear (required with the four-speed, unless one moved up to the Super Track Pak with 4.10s), hood-mounted turn signals and AM radio; the Custom Road Wheels (aka Magnum 500s) have been added.
Seller claims this 1969 GTX convertible is numbers-matching and has resided in one family since new. Overall, a very desirable car, one of 700 built and one of 551 sold in the U.S. Of the latter, only 178 featured the four-speed.
This classic droptop muscle car can be had for $79,995.