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Lot 122a: Plymouth GTX Coup�

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

The introduction of a lower-price line - Plymouth - to compete head-on with Ford and Chevrolet, helped Chrysler Corporation weather the Depression years. Launched in 1928, the four-cylinder Plymouth, although not a revolutionary design, nevertheless incorporated hydraulic braking, full-pressure lubrication and aluminium pistons, a specification its rivals would not match for a decade. The car was an instant success and by 1933 Plymouth was the US auto industry's third biggest seller, just behind Ford. Plymouth sales enjoyed somewhat of a roller-coaster ride in the post-war era, plunging in the early 1960s only to revive on the back of a range of new sporting models and numerous high-profile racetrack successes. Plymouth's Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 in 1964 and the NASCAR Championship three years later, ensuring maximum exposure for the Mopar brand. New for 1967, the GTX was the high-performance version of Plymouth's medium-sized Belvedere model and came with the 440ci (7.2-litre) four-barrel V8 engine as standard, the combination of the latter's 375bhp and a compact package making it a real 'street sleeper' in the best traditions of the American hotrod. Attractively styled and generously equipped, the GTX was available as a hardtop coup� or convertible, while distinguishing features included hood scoops; twin exhausts; heavy-duty transmission, brakes and suspension; and a 'Pit Stop' fuel filler cap. Compared with other contemporary muscle cars sales were relatively low, making surviving GTXs all the more collectible. Dating from 1969, this GTX coup� is an all-matching numbers example with exception of the engine block, which is a dealer replacement part fitted in the 1970s. The car has the 440.7ci (7.2-litre) 375bhp V8 engine with 'Air Grabber' system, an 18-spline Hemi four-speed transmission, new Dual Force clutch and Suregrip rear axle with 3:55:1 ratio. Options include power steering, power front disc brakes and a rare factory installed cruise control (which is not working) while the full-size spare tyre and complete jack are present. The refurbished original wheels are shod with Red Line tyres inflated with nitrogen. Their original 'beauty rings' (hubcaps) are included (wrapped in the trunk). The car was restored and completed in 2008. This was a 'frame on' restoration with the body taken back to bare metal. All of the original sheet metal has been retained and the floors and trunk (boot) are solid. We are advised that there is no evidence of rust anywhere. The car was repainted and completely freshened while the original interior is said to be in excellent condition, benefiting from new carpets and reupholstered seats. All restoration photographs are available. The car has covered very few miles since the rebuild and is said to drive well, with plentiful torque and smooth shifting transmission, remaining cool on hot days. A true muscle car in every sense of the word and extremely rare indeed, it comes with current MoT and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number122a
Estimate£25000-£30000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1969
Condition rating1
Registration numberWVO 716G
Mileage-
Chassis numberRS23L9A148688
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2