1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX


1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX
The Sport Satellite's muscle-bound brother, the GTX, started out with a 375-horsepower 440.
The Sport Satellite's muscle-bound brother, the GTX, started out with a 375-horsepower 440.
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The 1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX spanned a broad engine lineup: everything in the Chrysler cupboard from 225 Slant Six to the amazing Street Hemi -- still jokingly rated at 425 horses -- and the GTX's standard 375-horsepower "Super Commando" 440.

Sport Satellites started with a mild 230-horsepower 318 and ended with optional 383 V-8s packing 300 or 330 horsepower. All rode a typical Chrysler chassis with acclaimed torsion-bar front suspension and available power front-disc brakes.

Most 1968 "Bs" carried extra-cost TorqueFlite automatic in lieu of manual three-speed, but GTXs included TorqueFlite and offered four-on-the-floor as a no-cost alternative.

As before, GTXs also included stiffer suspension and heavy-duty rear axle with "Sure-Grip" limited-slip differential. Identifying the 1968s outside were special striping, bold GTX nameplates, and a "performance" hood with twin outward-facing dummy air intakes (shared with Road Runner). Featured inside were front buckets, console, and pseudo-wood trim.

Though Plymouth still lagged far behind Chevy and Ford in sales, its 1968 total of nearly 750,000 was a gratifying gain of some 111,000 over 1967. Significantly, intermediates accounted for about a third. Satellite was the volume leader by far, but non-wagon Sport Satellites managed around 22,500 and the two GTXs close to 19,000.

Predictably, the 1969s changed mainly in trim and appearance details, but speed freaks delighted in a monster 440 with three two-barrel carburetors. It was dubbed, naturally enough, "440 6-bbl."

Allegedly making 390 horsepower (and probably far more), it was a new option for the Road Runner, as was a functional "Air Grabber" hood and five special Performance Axle Packages. But the GTX got only the last; worse, its center console now cost extra.

Optional on the GTX was the fearsome 426 Street Hemi, conservatively rated at 425 horsepower.
Optional on the GTX was the fearsome 426 Street Hemi, conservatively rated at 425 horsepower.
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Though performance remained formidable-under 6.5 seconds 0-60 with the Hemi and automatic, a half-second more with the 440-the GTX was being shoved out of the spotlight by the cheaper "Beep Beep" car. Sales accordingly withered to 15,000, while Road Runner soared beyond 84,000. Sport Satellite improved, too, a new four-door sedan boosting 1969 volume to near 29,000.

The once-inspiring GTX would vanish two years later, while Sport Satellite, not all that special anyway, would simply be lost in a crowd of faceless family intermediates. Sad to say, Plymouth let its carefully cultivated garden of the 1960s become a weed patch in the 1970s. You know the rest.

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