It started with three brothers: Andy, Mark, and Ron Bujtas. All three brothers were Mopar fans after Andy and their father visited a Plymouth dealer to buy a daily driver. Dad saw the 1971 GTX and convinced Andy to buy it. The seed was planted.

But Andy was a submariner with the US Navy, and when his ship slipped beneath the ocean waves to carry out its patrols, he’d entrust the keys to his GTX to his younger brother Mark. During the long voyages, Mark cared for his older brother’s car like it was his own. Maintenance, repairs, Mark did it all, to the point that, as he says, he knew the car inside and out. Despite the care and attention Mark lavished on the car, when Andy decided to sell it in 1991, he turned to youngest brother Ron, who had plans to restore the car to its one-time glory.

Mark was understandably disappointed, especially as time went on with no real progress on Ron’s restoration project. In fact, it was better than sixteen years before Ron began to work on the car in earnest in 2007, and Mark paid little mind to it. After all, Ron hadn’t totally ignored his putative plans to restore the car all this time; he’d made several attempts to begin work on the car over the years, but each time the effort stalled. But by the end of the year, things were looking different. Real strides had been made and progress was evident. Even so, Mark remained phlegmatic about the car’s prospects, expecting that the restoration project would flag again.