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Old 04-14-2020, 01:34 PM
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Like the title says, WAS THERE A BETTER ALL AROUND CAR then

the 68/69 MOPAR B bodys?

You look at a GTX and they have TONS of room, ride was good, handling was on par for the day and ran very strong with either the 440 or the Hemi?

Now yes I'm a bit biased as my first car was a 68 GTX convertible clone, 440 4sp 4.10 Dana. But been looking around at nice older cars for a family DRIVER. Just can't seem to see anything that would fit quite like a GTX??? 66/67 Chevelle is a bit smaller, just not as nice inside of have the "attitude" of the GTX. Impala/Biscayne same thing. Plus "most" performance GM engines won't run on todays pumpgas as well as the 440.

Guess maybe the Buick GS 455 would be good too, just never really like the looks of them as they don't stand out going down the road unless it's a GSX.

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Not sure if it's the best all around car, but I'm a big fan of the 68-70 GTX's and Chargers. One with a 440 and a 4 speed would be my preference. I think a bronze '68 GTX (not necessarily a fan of the lower black paint on the '69) and a B5 blue '69 Charger (NO General Lee paint jobs, ugh) are my favorites of the B bodies.
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----I'm almost there with you but prefer the 66 versions. Same size, but I love the look of both of the 66 B-bodies...….Bill S
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I am partial to the 1969 model. I like the changes made from the 68 to 69. The front and rear now have definition with a more three dimensional look. I never cared for the lower body stripes on the 68. As Larry Shinoda once said . . . sometimes less is more. I also like the Air Grabber which first appeared on the 69. Probably not very functional but when you raised the hood it definitely made a statement.

The GTX was an expensive muscle car: MSRP was $3416 for the hardtop. But you did get the standard HD torqueflite auto trans along with bucket seats and F70x14 redlines. And most important the standard HD drum brakes which were 11" x 3" in the front and 11" x 2.5" in the rear. This was a sore point (IMO) on 1968 and prior GM muscle cars which used 9.5" x 2.5" on the front and 9.5" x 2" on the rear.

Add a radio, power steering and power brakes and maybe the road wheels and you are up to $4000. Total GTX production for 1969 was 14,902 a drop from 68's 17,914.
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How about GM A bodies from about 68 through 1972.
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Don't forget the 1970 B Body which was, in my opinion, the best of the 1968-1970 B Bodies. Here is my 1970 Charger R/T 440 4 speed.
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My father needed to buy a car with a large V8 to be able to tow his boat trailer but didn't want to have to pay for a full size car with all the fancy stuff to get the engine and stiff suspension. I explained the features of a '69 Road Runner. It fit the bill to a "T" with the standard 383 and a Torque-flite and 3.55s. That's what he bought off the lot. Although it wasn't quite the bargain he had in mind with P/S, P/B, A/C, vinyl roof, road wheels, light package, deluxe interior and posi!


I also used it to flat tow my '62 to the drags.


It WAS the best all around car my family ever owned!


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Best all around? Thatíll always be debatable but I for one enjoy the b-body mopar.
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