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In the Garage: 1967 Plymouth GTX

This 1967 Plymouth GTX 426 “Hemi” is owned

This 1967 Plymouth GTX 426 “Hemi” is owned by Marisa Mazziotti who bought the car new in March 1967 for $3,020. Credit: David Fluhrer

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER: 1967 Plymouth GTX 426 “Hemi” owned by Marisa Mazziotti

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: In the America of 1967, you could walk into a Plymouth dealer, tick off some boxes on the order form and turn an everyday Belvedere coupe into a wicked and wild machine that can still outrun most 2014 cars.  It was called the GTX (a “three-letter terror,” according to Hemmings classic car magazine) and the most powerful available engine was the legendary 426-cubic-inch “Hemi” V-8, pumping out a factory-rated 425 horsepower.  Dubbed “the elephant” because of its large size, the powerplant was enough to accelerate the coupe to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, a figure almost unheard-of for the era. It’s no wonder that this engine made history on the NASCAR racing circuit.  Mazziotti’s GTX recently went through a two-year restoration.  “Everything is in perfect shape and has very low mileage,” she says.  “The color is triple black, which is a rare color for this car. The engine has been modified and was rebuilt by a master builder.  The horsepower on the car is well over 500. The drivetrain is all brand new, as well as the transmission and rear end. I also added four-wheel disc brakes. The car still has the original rims and Redline tires.”

HOW LONG SHE’S OWNED IT: “I am the original owner,” she says. “I bought the car in March 1967.”  It cost $3,020 new.

WHERE SHE FOUND IT: She purchased it from a Valley Stream dealer.

CONDITION: “The car is in perfect condition,” Mazziotti says. “I have all the original manuals, and the original window sticker and build sheets that came with the car. It now has a fiberglass hood to fit the carburetors. It has a brand new paint job. All the lenses on the car are brand new. The bumper and chrome have all been re-chromed. When the car went under restoration, it only had 4,000 miles on it. It was parked in my garage for 35 years.”

TIPS FOR OWNERS: “When you are going to have your car restored,” she advises, “make sure you have a list of questions that you want answered. Also, make sure you are using a reputable restorer.”

VALUE: Mazziotti estimates the Plymouth is worth “at least $175,000.”

THE BOTTOM LINE: “This car has been a part of my family for 47 years,” she says.  “When you drive it down the streets, you get nothing but a ‘thumbs-up’ from the older and the newer generations.”

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