Defining the Gentleman’s Muscle Car
If you have ever looked for information about the Plymouth GTX, odds are that you have seen the car named as the “Gentleman’s Muscle Car.” This left me wondering what a gentleman’s muscle car is and what type of men should be driving the other muscle cars.
According to my research, a gentleman’s muscle car is a refined muscle car with sleek design. This is in contrast to the rugged muscle cars that were for the drivers who did not need to go to work in their business attire. The original Plymouth GTX was created in 1967 under the Belvedere brand. A belvedere is an architectural feature that is designed to look upon a pleasant view, which seems fitting for the original name of the muscle car designed for gentlemen.
Along with the Plymouth GTX, there were a few other popular muscle cars that were designed so the gentleman could drive one and still feel suave and sophisticated. The Mercury Cougar was also loaded with special features and luxury options so that gentlemen could drive it in style. There is nothing brash and overbearing about the Cougar or the GTX, unlike the Chevy Chevelle or the Plymouth ‘Cuda.
The Plymouth GTX was the leader of the gentleman’s pack of fast cars. It was even marketed as the Boss – the epitome of the gentleman that was supposed to be driving the car. The car was also supposed to “sing with confidence” and give the driver “control on just about any road surface.” Didn’t every gentleman want confidence and control? Of course, he did.
Another car designed for a gentleman was the 1963 Buick Riviera. This car might not have been designed for the conservative CEO, but for the flamboyant man about town. This car looked like it was a shark on the hunt for an unbelievable business deal. There is nothing subtle about the gutsy Riviera, but there is nothing rugged and brash about it either. It has the look of a fine Italian suit on a man with a perfect haircut. This car oozes sophistication, which was what the gentlemen of the 1960s really wanted.