Fireball Design WEDNESDAY… 1971 PLYMOUTH GTX

Johnny Lightning’s BAD MOOD 2 featured a 1971 Plymouth GTX. Badass…

Though completely redesigned for 1971, this was the final year for the GTX as a stand-alone model.

Engine choices were 440 four-barrel, 440 with three two-barrels (Six Barrel), and 426 Hemi.

Emission restrictions such as lower compression ratios and faster-acting choke operation lowered the base 440 output by 5 hp (3.7 kW), to 370 hp (280 kW).

The 440 Six Barrel was down to 385 hp (287 kW), but the Hemi was still rated at 425 hp (317 kW).

Due partly to rising insurance rates on muscle cars, sales were low.

There were less than 3000 units produced in ’71. For 1972 through 1974, any Road Runner ordered with the optional 440 was renamed Road Runner GTX and included the badging of both previous models.

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