Legitimate 1970 GTXs with Broadcast Sheets Printed on 1969
by Roger L. Wilson
| Documentation for one's Mopar is
usually prized pieces of information. The screw mounted fender tag is
usually the most common piece of documentation available, besides, of course,
the rivet mounted VIN tag. Besides the window sticker, which now is being
reproduced by Triple A Enterprises (www.window-sticker.com), the build sheet or broadcast sheet is one of the most highly valued
documents. Since this sheet of paper is not being reproduced and because
it lists every option ordered on the car, this single sheet of paper is very
important to the owner. For those who buy their dream car, highly modified
or missing many parts, the broadcast sheet is an invaluable piece of
documentation to bring the car back to originality.
I am always excited to look over anyone's broadcast sheet to see what options were actually ordered on that particular car. Over the years, researching 1970 GTXs and Roadrunners, I have come across an oddity. Currently we have documentation of six 1970 GTXs, (no Roadrunners), that had their broadcast sheets actually printed on 1969 model year paper (click: 1969 example) While both the 1969 and 1970 paper looks similar in style, color and pattern, closer observation reveals many differences.(click: 1970 example) It is interesting to note that all six 1970 GTXs with 1969 paper were all assembled at the Lynch Road plant. Build dates for these 6 GTXs range from September 18 to October 8, 1969.
To quickly check if your car was printed on the correct year paper, look at the wording right below the top heading that reads "CHRYSLER CORPORATION CAR PRODUCTION BROADCAST". In smaller letters centered directly below this title will be printed "E-SERIES 1969" or F-SERIES 1970", depending on the year of the paper. To truly make sense of a 1970 model car printed on 1969 paper, one needs to transpose all of the numbers onto the corresponding spaces of a 1970 sheet.
Why were some cars printed on 1969 paper? I can only guess that extra unused boxes of 1969 broadcast sheet paper were not trashed when the 1970 model year started, but kept around. Somehow some of this old stock was mixed with the current year paper stock. When the computer printer ran out of broadcast sheet paper the next available box of paper was loaded, with the operator not checking to see if the paper was the correct. They probably assumed it was correct since it looked very similar. Interestingly, we have broadcast sheets of cars before September 18 and after October 8, from the Lynch Road plant, that were printed on correct 1970 paper. Incredibly, we also have cars between those dates that were printed on correct 1970 paper. One can only assume the assembly line had more than one printer feeding broadcast sheets to the assembly line, some filled with correct 1970 paper in them and at least one with incorrectly dated 1969 paper.
If you had a 1970 car with a broadcast sheet printed on 1969 paper, I would be interested in hearing from you. I can be reached at 712-873-3722; or email at: 1970GTXregistry@gmail.com. Also I would like to thank Marc Mohn who gave permission to have his broadcast sheet published to give the reader a visual example of 1969 broadcast sheet paper used for a 1970 GTX. The 1970 broadcast sheet paper example comes from a 1970 GTX that my brother owns.