Pure MOPAR muscle. [1969 Plymouth GTX 440]


  • Not sure if the GTX was available without hubcaps and just dog dish ones but the coronet R/T dodge could be had with just the dog dish hubcaps as I worked at the dodge dealer back in the late 60’s and remember them coming in with dog dish hubcaps on them and the optional wheel was the chrome mag road wheel that dodge offered, the R/T in my opinion was a step below the GTX as the GTX was classier looking and if I remember right was a little more expensive than the R/T.

    • Bill: Good point. I think the Dodge Coronet R/T was more the competitor to the Road Runner and the Charger R/T to the GTX. Thx.

  • Here is a question for all the MOPAR muscle car experts reading this. Was a GTX ever sold with the dog dish hubcaps and plain steel wheels? I am thinking no, that a GTX would have at minimum full hubcaps or Chrysler’s version of rally wheels with mags optional. Road Runners were invented for the 68 model year as a bare bones less expensive version of the GTX. Road Runner’s base version had the dog dish hubcaps on plain steel wheels. Road Runners were originally based of Belvidere two-door sedans with the small hubcaps and no chrome trim on the trunk lid (and of course a 383). The GTX was based on the fancier Sport Satellite two-door hardtop with the chrome trim on the trunk lid, sides, roof edges, etc. and of course a std 440. In 69 Chevy countered by allowing for an SS 396 version of the Chevelle 300 sedan to match Road Runner’s lower cost and the fancier version was the SS 396 based on the Malibu hardtop with more trim.

    • Great question – I have no idea. This would be a great forum topic. Want to post it over there? You’ll probably get more responses to this specific question.

      • Thks Evan, I posted it under shop talk with a new topic of MOPAR GTX and Road Runner standard original base version equipment. It is interesting that at car shows and sale listings there are a whole slew of Road Runners, GTXs, and the various special versions like TA versions of Challengers, Cudas etc.. And I’ll bet there are far more 1969 Camaro Z-28s and SS models than the factory ever produced. It is refreshing when you see a hot Belvidere, Satellite, Chevelle, or Camaro that just quite honestly has absolutely no badges, stickers, or engine size chrome lettering. Removing all the lettering and badges was often done as mild customizing on the 67-71 muscle cars when they were fairly new. I recall walking to grade school past a parked dark blue Buick GS 400, perhaps a fairly new 1966 or 1967, that got that de-chroming treatment by an owner who did not worry about the holes left where the little chrome letters and emblems had been.

    • That is a ’69 Plymouth GTX. My ’68 GTX has Magnum 500 chrome steel wheels. A friend of mine has a ’68 GTX with black steel wheels and dog dish hubcaps; so I’m assuming they came through both ways depending on the options.

  • I much prefer the classic MoPar Chrysler cars of 1955-1965 over this one, which is as ordinary-looking as a taxicab. Those big-finned beauties were all designed by one of the greatest industrial designers who ever lived, Mr. Virgil M. Exner, or “Mr. Big Fins”, as he was known by this nickname in that era.

  • 1969 Plymouth 440 GTX. I used to own one back in1976. I got it in the divorce settlement. I was 22 yrs old. And yes they were heavy and one bad ass racing car. Mine had a black vinyl top. I lived in Portland Oregon at the time and there was only one other person that I know who had one. Hers was black on red (black top, red body). Hers was jacked up. Mine wasn’t. We raced once out on I84 before it was completed. I won of course. I loved that car. I had more fun in that car than at any time in my 20’s. I made the big mistake of selling it to a friend of my cousins. I got $200.00 down and he was supposed to make payments. 2 weeks after he bought it, he got drunk and hit a concrete rail in the middle of the freeway and killed the passenger that was with him. He spent the next 25 yrs in prison. And I never saw another dime for that car. Selling that car was THEE biggest mistake I ever made in my life. It would be worth about $20,000.00 today and it would still be one heavy bad ass racing car. So to all those out there who don’t know what kind of car it is. I can assure you. It’s a 1969 Plymouth 440 GTX. If you don’t believe me, find Jack Alvin Phillips. He will tell you the same thing. He’s the one I divorced and got the car from. LMAO. He probably still hates me.Thank God…..

    • I was 14 and my neighbor was a cool Mexican about 20. I had pix of the ’69 Charger all over my room. Then….then! I heard that 440 idling down the street. I looked out and it was tuning into MY buddy Wallys house. Before he could get out, I was looking for the seatbelt. He know this would happen. He backed out, drove about 3 houses to a street that had no stop signs, I never had a ride like that. I couldn’t move and he hit 3rd and at the same time the brakes…smoke EVERYWHERE!
      I asked him why he didn’t get the HEMI, The 440 had a 100,000mile/one year waranty. For the Hemi? The sales guy idled it to the street and handed you the key.

  • This car has the optional 440 Magnum engine, according to the hood moldings. It’s a really bad-ass looking car, built for high performance driving and racing.

    • Mr. Don John Long, in 1969, the base engine on the GTX was the 440 Magnum (4 bbls) and the option engine was the 426 Hemi, however the 1969 Road Runner had a base engine 383 Magnum (4bbls), and an optional 426 Hemi and halfway through the production year Mopar introduced their A-12 Option which was a 440 6 Pack (3 deuces).

  • Definitely a 1969 Plymouth Satellite GTX, made by Chrysler Corp. to compete with the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Malibu SS.

    • Well, the GTX was Plymouth’s competition in the Mid-Size Market and The Dodge Charger R/T was Dodge’s answer in the same Segment.

  • Speaking of the side marker lights. In 68 they were all round on and in 69 they did reflectors not lights. In 70 the government made changes and it was then lights and reflectors. This is a 69 GTX.

  • 1968 Road Runners, and GTX had round side markers, 1969 had the square ones. Road Runners also didn’t have Bucket seats. That was a GTX Option. And GTX and Road Runners were manufactured by Plymouth, not Chrysler James Baer.

  • Sidemarkers on the side were round in 1968. My 68 Roadrunner had round sidemarkers. Was one of the real early ones, so maybe they made a mid year change but I doubt it!

  • bad ass right out of the box and for a few more dollars and a couple of upgrades it could give anything street mod out there a run for the money.

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