West Group) Rumor has it that in 1968, a long time Mopar
enthusiast named Herb purchased a new Plymouth Satellite station
wagon. Living in suburban Chicago with his wife and five children, a
wagon was the vehicle of necessity, rather than choice. But Herb had
never lost his enthusiasm for the red hot performance cars he owned
in his youth, and he continued to lust for a vehicle with the kind
of power that he had once enjoyed.
In 1969, with the release of the Road Runner 440 Six Pack, Herb
could stand it no longer. According to the story, Herb called Mr.
Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge, the Mecca for ultimate performance
Mopars and asked if there was any way that his nearly new Plymouth
could be enhanced with the same 440 Six Pack that made the just
released A12 Road Runner and Superbee such street and strip terrors.
Herb was assured that his B-Body wagon was a fraternal twin to the
Road Runner and could be fitted with the full complement of parts.
In fact, the swap was nothing more than a bolt in and all of the
parts for the conversion, including the 440 engine, were in stock.
Without hesitation, Herb brought the wagon to Mr. Norms and a week
later took delivery of his Plymouth wagon, one that was quite unlike
After a driving his Six Pack Wagon for about a year, Herbs brother
in law from California flew in for a visit. Herb took him for a ride
in the wild wagon, and his brother in law fell in love with it. Long
story short, he made Herb an offer he couldnt refuse and the wagon
headed west on Route 66 to Southern California. Once there, the car
was further enhanced with a factory Six Pack lift off hood,
something that was not practical in Chicago, converted to a four
speed and the interior was upgraded with buckets and a console from
Fast forward to today. The Plymouth wagon has been found sitting in
a back yard in California, where it has been for nearly a decade.
While some of the go fast goodies are missing and the car is
somewhat neglected, its rust free, completely intact, and ready to
be restored to its former greatness.
Classic design is one of the hallmarks of the late 1960s Plymouth,
and the GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon has been carefully restored to
maintain its timeless original appearance. In doing so, we have made
only the most subtle visual changes, creating a vehicle that is
loaded with treats. While the uninitiated may overlook some of
these nuances, true aficionados will find this phantom GTX wagon
teeming numerous detail improvements that mark this as a vehicle
that is not only true to the era from which it came, but one that
incorporates many of the latest improvements, making it as
contemporary and relevant today as when it was first built.
A prime example of this philosophy is the paint. While the color is
reminiscent of the original B-5 Blue, the brilliant B-5 Super
Blue Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Planet Colors hue is a
modern interpretation of the original that takes advantage of the
latest in paint technology.
The subtle enhancements continue with the choice of the period
correct Six Pack Lift Off Hood that signifies the potent Mopar mill
that lurks just beneath it. Other items to look for are the classic
GTX dual side accent stripes and emblems. Hurst style chrome wheels
by Oasis and Pirelli PZero tires work in concert with the lowered
suspension, creating the kind of aggressive appearance that makes
this such an interesting vehicle.
The interior mirrors the theme of that runs throughout the Plymouth.
One of the highlights are the authentic 1968 GTX bucket seats that
have been covered with magnificent Katzkin hand sewn white leather,
with stitching that remains true to the original pattern, flanking a
stock console that frames a Hurst Competition Plus Shifter.
Contrasting with the white leather, B-5 Super Blue covers_all of the
interior surfaces, resulting in a harmony of classic inspired
textures and colors. Auto Custom Carpets provided the original style
loop carpeting in blue, adding continuity to the theme. Adding
interest and detail to the interior, a complete GTX dashboard and
instrument panel replaces the mundane stock dash and cluster.
The GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon accelerates us back to a time when life
may have been less complicated, but was more fun and in some ways,
far more exciting than today. We cruised the drive-in, stopping to
load up on hamburgers and fries, in a time when we could work off
the calories with our sheer exuberance.
True to its name, the Plymouth sports a full on 440 Six Pack engine,
with a trio of Holley carbs perched on an Edelbrock aluminum intake
manifold. Backing up the engine is a bullet proof Hays Clutch that
transmits the power to a genuine A833 4 Speed manual transmission
armed with a Hurst Competition Plus Shifter.
The stance of the GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon makes no bones about its
purpose. Sitting slightly lower than stock, it still stands tall and
imposing compared to todays low slung cars. Period perfect Hurst
style wheels complement the vintage appearance of the wagon,
complemented by Pirelli PZero ultra high performance radial tires.
Enhancing handling are Hotchkis Performance sway bars, heavy duty
440 torsion bars and a completely refreshed suspension system, both
front and rear that features Eaton Detroit leaf springs and
Edelbrock IAS Performer Shock Absorbers. The appearance is nothing
less than you would expect, in addition to offering the kind of
smooth ride and great handling essential for modern high speed
motoring. And filling up the open areas between the spokes on the
wheels are Stainless Steel Brakes Corp. Force-10 Tri Power high
performance disc brakes at all four corners that look great and
insure safe, sure stops from quarter miles blasts or just canyon
The Plymouth GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon is a great example of the
incredible performance of the late 1960s big block Mopars. And
complementing the ground pounding performance is timeless styling
that leaves no question what year and brand of vehicle it is, unlike
todays generic, appliance like front wheel drive cars.
The Plymouth GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon is the absolute antithesis of
these seemingly nameless, faceless commodity vehicles. The GTX 440
Six Pack Wagon beckons you to pack your bags, fill up a large cooler
with your favorite refreshments and get ready to go cruisin in
The 1968 Plymouth GTX 440 Six Pack Wagon is a perfect expression of
what a confident, exciting time the 1960s were. It makes no
pretense or excuses for what it is. One thing is sure; The GTX 440
Six Pack Wagon isnt politically correct. Rather, its brash and
arrogant, confident and ambitious, like the generation of Americans
that inspired it and those that appreciate for what it is today.