Once again, thanks to all of those who read Disaffected Musings yesterday generating another daily record for views and visitors. Do you think I should keep reporting these or only in the case of a really exceptional number?
I am REALLY obsessed with my restomod C2 Corvette build. Last night I had a dream that my father, who has been dead for 25+ years, negotiated an unbelievably low price for the project, a mere fraction of what I have been told such a build will likely cost. When I told my wonderful wife (in the dream) she said, “OK, I’ll build one, too!”
Another sign has joined the group as a DeSoto/Plymouth service sign is now on the wall.
I have discussed my obsession with DeSoto, but have not discussed Plymouth very much. Both makes were introduced in the summer of 1928 by Chrysler Corporation as 1929 model year cars. Obviously, both cars survived the Great Depression.
Many car enthusiasts are familiar with this Plymouth model:
From hotrod.com a picture of a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. 1968 was the first year the model was offered. It was supposed to fill a niche for a muscle car that wasn’t too expensive. The lowest base price for a 1968 Road Runner, which was for the non-hardtop two-door coupe, was about $2,900. The base engine for the Road Runner was the Mopar 383 cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor rated at 335 HP/425 LB-FT of torque. Of course, the car featured cartoon emblems of the Road Runner as well as the “Beep Beep” horns.
This car, which was actually introduced in 1967, was also from Plymouth and was known as the Gentleman’s Muscle Car:
From moparblog.com a picture of a 1967 Plymouth GTX. I believe this is the only year the GTX had this look as for 1968 the entire Plymouth Belvedere line was restyled. The base engine for the GTX was the 440 cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor rated at 375 HP/480 LB-FT of torque. So that the comparison is apples to apples, the lowest base price for a 1968 GTX was about $3,300 or about $400 more than a Road Runner.
Both cars were victims of the demise of muscle cars due to emissions/safety standards as well as insurance companies not wanting to write policies for 17-year olds driving high-performance cars that, let’s face it, were really only high-performance in a straight line. The last year of the GTX was 1971 while, technically, a car called the Road Runner was offered until 1980 although in emasculated form after 1971. (A mild tangent: more on Mopar is this article about a rare car.)
In yet another example of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future, high-performance cars weren’t gone forever after 1971 as almost everyone predicted at the time. I think that each member of Detroit’s Big Three currently offers a car with at least 700 HP and these cars are comfortable, handle and brake well and are reliable. While most seem to think the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered, who really knows what the future holds?