If movies have taught us anything, it's that orphans are typically sad, but plucky. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has found a little orphan Hemi, but you might need to be Daddy Warbucks to buy her.
Yesterday proved a bit of a challenge, but, in fine Bond fashion, the '88 Lotus Esprit ended up easily escaping Crackpipedom at the last minute, and managed to seduce several of you into its bed, er garage. And now for something completely different.
Nothing says performance like Belvedere. What? When you think Belvedere you picture Bob Uecker? Well, that's probably why Plymouth, back in the day, minimized the Belvedere name, emphasizing the GTX on their upscale muscle car.
Sitting atop the Road Runner in the Belvedere model lineup, the GTX rocked the massive 440 as standard, or, optionally, the staggering 426 hemi, distancing it from its coyote-vexed brother which was graced by the Super Commando 383 as standard fitment. The GTX was also offered in both a pillar-less coupe, and as a convertible version for 1968, while Road Runners had to keep their tops on.
That 2G 426 Hemi is topped by a pair of Carter AFB 4 bbls and that was good for a factory claimed 425 bhp, which will move this 3,470 lb car with alacrity - contemporary tests pegged the 0 to 60 time at around 6.2 seconds, and quarters in the low 14s. Part of the reason for that is the factory 4-speed backing up that elephant.
Now, the 426 in this GTX is not the one it had when it left home. And despite the apparently impeccable restoration and presentation, this bright blue GTX - which is being offered for the not insubstantial sum of $119,900 - is not a numbers-matching car. Not only that, but the seller claims that the car could only muster 2nd in class at the Mopar Nationals. Hopefully they have been in contact with the judges of that event, and have taken to rectifying the egregious issues which denied it the first-place crown.
Other than those issues, this is a very nicely done, and sufficiently out of the mainstream (but not too far out so as to be weird) muscle car, which have been seeing both stratospheric highs on the action block, as well as investment-crushing disinterest of late.
So what do you think, you Mopar-maniacs? Is $119,900 a NIce Price for a muscle car from a broken home? Or, is that six-figure price so Crack Pipe, you'd leave this one at the Orphanage?
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