Revived & Revved
"I have been a lifetime Mopar guy. As a kid, I swept the showroom floor and washed cars at our family's Chrysler/Plymouth dealership in Utah," says owner, Kelly Painter. There are two types of people in the muscle car world: People who own Mopars, and people who wish they could own Mopars. Kelly is the more fortunate of the two.
This '69 GTX was signed away by his salesman father back when it was new, but it wouldn't stay away forever. For whatever reason, the owners traded her in for a brand-new '77 Chrysler Cordoba. The car spent the next decade in storage, waiting for some attention from an appreciative owner. It wasn't until 1988 that Kelly was able to rescue the car. The original owners weren't as kind to the car as they should have been, so there was a mess to clean up. The 20 years of abuse and neglect did a number on it.
Kelly gave it a whole new life. He got PHR contributor Steve Dulcich to put a fresh 572ci stroker motor together to replace the tired factory 440. The new motor makes over 700 hp and propels the car into the low 11s at the drag strip on pump gas. One pass was all he could make because his bone-stock-looking interior didn't house the rollbar needed to run these numbers. Aside from the track, this car spends a lot of time on the street, where it was built to live.