}
Announcing Online Auctions! Rare classic and collector cars vetted by our dealer network.
 Click here to bid now.

1971 Plymouth GTX Visits Jay Leno's Garage

By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 29, 2019
news
Shop Muscle
By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 29, 2019
Jay Leno checks out one of the more underappreciated Mopars of the muscle car era.

Jay Leno gets to drive some really cool cars, but it's always a fun time when he gets to check out some classic Mopar muscle cars. That's exactly what's featured in this episode of Jay Leno's Garage where he gets walk around and some seat time in the 1971 Plymouth GTX – the final year of the standalone GTX model for Plymouth.

'

The Plymouth GTX was offered as a standalone nameplate from 1968 through 1971. It was first offered as a high-performance trim level on the 1967 Belvedere, and the last time Plymouth used the GTX name was from 1972 through 1974, where Road Runner models equipped with the 440 engine were named the Road Runner GTX.  

The current owner of this particular 1971 GTX purchased the car at Mecum several years ago, and says that the car is an original, numbers-matching car that is mostly stock. The one modification the owner made is the addition of a vacuum-operated Air Grabber hood intake, which necessitated a change in the car's factory air conditioning system. Other than that, this car looks stunning in its orange and black paint job, and it sounds amazing when the 440 CID V-8 rumbles to life. In an era where many classics are resto-modded, it's refreshing how original this car has remained.

Speaking of eras, the best part about this episode is the conversation that Jay has with the GTX owner's former auto shop teacher and current restoration partner. The two old-school enthusiasts talk about some of the many changes that the automotive industry has gone through, both the good and the bad. The most important topic the two touch on, though, is the decline in vocational automotive classes and the rise of replace-rather-than-repair culture.


Related articles

Muscular 1974 Super Duty Trans Am Commands Attention

Some call this the last great Pontiac muscle car! Authentic Trans Am Super Duty cars are not as easy to come by as ...
By Elizabeth Puckett Feb 14, 2020

Scarface’s Cadillac is Available To Buy

This is the ride the notorious Al Capone made famous. Love or loathe him, everyone knows Al Capone or “Scarface.” T...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

Father And Son Reflect On 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider 1300 Junior

Even through the language barrier, the love of cars translates. Everyone seems to have their own idea of what const...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

The Don Bolles Car Controversy

It all boils down to whether the Datsun should be displayed or destroyed. June 2, 1976 is a day which rocked the jo...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard