When one begins with a perfect restoration candidate, it makes perfect sense to perform a perfect restoration, and that's exactly what a previous owner had done. But what really sets this car apart is the no-stone-will-be-left-unturned, no-expense-will-be-spared prodigious use of NOS parts. With the proliferation of the reproduction parts during the past 10 or 15 years, almost anything a restorer could need, especially expendables like hoses, belts, ignition wires, tires, exhaust components, and the like is only a phone call away. The restorer of this GTX chose to forsake that route however, and devoted untold hours, mind boggling effort, and more than a piddling of cold hard cash to procure the genuine articles. Battery cables, plug wires, hoses, belts, mufflers, pipes, and even the brake shoes are among the date-code and part-number correct Chrysler-issued pieces. And how about those tires and wheels? You are looking at perfect original Goodyear Red Streaks hugging nearly impossible to find original Kelsey Hayes aluminum mags. The wheels were initially offered as an option, but due to a distressingly high number of casting flaws they were quickly discontinued, and the few sets that had been released were recalled. Equally expensive and difficult to find were the wheel's trim rings, which were apparently not used on anything else.
Though GTX would survive through 1971 as a distinct model and into 1972 as an option package for the Road Runner, the qualities that endeared it to buyers began to dissipate after 1969. Overstuffed insurance industry executives and overzealous do-gooders from our nation's capitol saw to that.
Because the magic seemed to fade afterward, many enthusiasts consider 1969 a high-water mark for Plymouth's GTX. The increased number of standard features in concert with an impressively long list of extra-cost options allowed each buyer to order precisely what he wanted. The '69 model's styling also added to the appeal, as it was up to date, crisp, and aggressive without being overdone. The same can be said for the car's body graphics, badging, color choices, and general appointments, particularly in light of what was destined to come out of Detroit in the next couple of decades.