1969 Plymouth Road Runner
1969 Plymouth Road Runner
The first Road Runners, built for serious roadwork, were lighter, cheaper, and had better performance compared to other muscle cars of their time. Plymouth Road Runners were fearsome and pretty, but don't mistake pretty for fragile because these road demons were faster than the regular cop cars of their time and could take serious damage without breaking down. This car prompted other muscle cars back in its era to improve their hardware and deliver high-speed performance at an affordable cost. The Road Runner remains the greatest muscle car of its era, some would say it was an evolution of the muscle car industry. Despite its fall, the Road Runners are still remembered in auctions and promotional tours and they still get action at auctions with the correct stats.
For consignment a well optioned 1969 Road Runner with a 383ci V8 bored and stroked to 438ci, a 4- speed, Hurst shifter, 2 Door vinyl hardtop, A/C, disc brakes, AM/FM, and no center console but bucket seats and a tachometer. Throw in an N96 fresh air hood, and we have a rare classic that ushered in the muscle car era and created a bar for the other manufacturers to try to meet as to toughness and reliability with the power to outrun the Po Po…
Medium Green Metallic AKA Avocado green which is THE color to have if you are talking pre 1970's shagadelic muscle car. Paint on this car is absolutely top notch as are trimmings, black vinyl top and long trunk deck and hood. Speaking of the hood, an N96 fresh air hood is on, and shows satin black stripes encompassing the dual side intake “scoops” if you will, along with their 383 badging. Laser straight steel, with only 2 small areas of rust bubbling and nary even a scratch to be seen throughout with all well minded gaps. Pristine chromed bumpers frame the bottoms of the front and rear and on back a shiny exhaust pipe peek out from either side of the bottom of the rear bumper. One has to love the detail on the rear glass with its “ogee” bottom window trim shape just adding some interest to the overall lines of this pretty much square and rectangle design car. Shiny 15 inch Cragar wheels are wrapped by new Mickey Thompson rubber 245's for the front, and 275's for the rear yielding a 2 inch rake to the car's stance.
Options are king on these early muscle cars as at this time they all cost extra money, which with the original buyer was no object. So currently, we see a mix of light and dark green vinyl mixing with some exterior body matching metal on the doors on horizontal panel breakup format along with some simple trim and pulls and cranks within this toned green field. Low back bomber style buckets are installed and a center green carpeting covered hump in lieu of a console runs between these buckets. For the back passengers a rear bench in the same color way and pattern allow for extras to go along for the ride. A Hurst shifter reaches for the driver from the center of the hump just in front of the seats and just above is the original dash showing in near perfect condition in green padded vinyl, and black textured vinyl for the background of the gauges. Gauges which include a tachometer and an aftermarket oil pressure gauge to monitor the mill while tromping on the gas pedal that feeds it. A like new vinyl headliner is above, and it has a working dome light in the center.
Getting right to the heart of the matter, we fling open the hood, and are greeted by a like new engine which is not an ordinary engine….where we see the numbers matching 383ci block rebuilt, bored and stroked to displace 438ci of Mopar V8. This had been dyno tested and maxes out at 587hp according to the dyno sheet. The mill sports Brodix aluminum heads and a Holley 850cfm 4 BBL carburetor which is feeding air and fossils through an Edelbrock intake. An A833 numbers matching 4-speed manual transmission is on back and it pushes power rearward to an 8-3/4 inch 3.55 sure grip rear axle. Seen installed are TTI headers on this beautifully presenting engine.
Not to be outdone by the topside, the undercarriage goes along for the show too with Medium Green Metallic painted frame, floor pans and rockers. A new fuel tank is now installed, and amazingly the stamped undercarriage panels are painted as nicely as the topside in the Medium Metallic Green (avocado).
A fight nearly broke out as to who was going to test drive this beauty and I lost! So, my cohort decoder and muscle car madman took the ride and reported back with a smile on his face. Rarely does this duo draw straws for the driver's seat, but I knew he was impressed. He confided in me he loved it's handling, acceleration, overall performance, commenting it was all buttoned up, and all working and in order as things should be for such a good looker. I noted a rear glass that has been just a bit scratched but in the overall scheme of things insignificant.
The high point of muscle car madness with a super quality build then a 10 year old restoration that was that good it still holds up great. A modified power plant, many performance extras inside and bolted on, and all looking showroom new. Get in here fast because the Coyote is after you!! Beep Beep! You say avocado, I say green…
M-Medium Price Class (RoadRunner)
23-2 Door Hardtop
H-383ci V8 4bbl 335hp
G-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
242362-Sequential Unit Number
Medium, Road Runner
2 Door Hardtop
H9G:383 335hp 44bb V8 1969 St. Louis, MO, USA
242352: Sequence number
E63: 383 cid 4 barrel V8 H.P. 335hp
D21: 4 Speed Manual Transmission
F5: Medium Green Metallic Exterior Color
MG6: Trim - Green Vinyl
F8: Dark Green Metallic Int. Door Frames
331: Build Date: March 31
A51:Black Vinyl Top
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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