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Plymouth GTX 440 1970 – The power and the glory

This is a very nice 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Cid Big Block from 1970. Photo by Johan Åhlund

This is one of my favorite American muscle cars. The 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Cid Big Block 7,2 liter is an amazing machine. It has a lot of power and performance and it looks the part, especially with the eye-catching power bulge scoop and the air grabber hood.

The design, with its new grille and rear taillights is stunning and the sound is just amazing. It is also a quite a luxury and very comfortable car with many nice standard features. Just take a look at those wheels, the red paintwork, sportive stripes and the nice front with the yellow headlamps. Outstanding build, with all the right parts. The sportive white letter tires and original rims match the GTX perfect. When new it was considered a bargain compared to its competition.

The GTX is one of the most sought after Plymouth models ever produced. This one has the most searched after 440cui Big Block engine with an automatic gearbox and 375 horsepower (on paper and probably more in reality).

Performance figures vary but it’s probably safe to say that this car could do 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The quartermile was done at 14,4 seconds at 99 mph. Very impressive for such a big car. Remember that it is a classic, only 47 years old, and still is faster than many hot hatches. Yes, I want one. Definitely.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack from 1971

This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. Photo taken by Johan Åhlund

This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. When new it was quite affordable, and it was marketed as a car for the young and adventurous. Several different engines were available and the most potent had impressive power and performance.

This 440 engine had 375 horsepower at 4600 rp/m. If this was not enough, buyers could pay a little extra to get the awesome 426 Hemi engine sporting 425 horsepower on paper. These cars are very rare and for its size seriously fast. Acceleration was quick, but hard to check.

The standard 290 horsepower Dodge Challenger 340 could easily do 0-100 km/h in 6,2 seconds. The 440 Six Pack Dodge Challenger did it around 5,5 seconds, and it could top 211 km/h. The Challenger was an icon and immortalized for its looks and performance in the 1971 movie Vanishing Point.

However this Dodge Challenger is a stunning car, especially in plum crazy metallic paint and the optional Rallye wheels.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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