- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 318 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1973 Plymouth Road Runner
1973 Plymouth Road Runner
A strange thing happened in 1973. Federally mandated 5 mph bumpers up front, (and 2.5 mph bumpers in the rear), were literally changing the face of the American automobile. But over at Mopar, at least in the Plymouth division, the changes required to pass the federal bumper standards were well integrated and actually improved the looks of the intermediate car. The 1971 and 1972 Plymouth B-bodies were fitted with enormous chrome wraparound bumpers that gave the cars a sad-eyed countenance. And not only did the Satellite have a homely face, it also had a big, bulbous rear end. Plymouth's 1973 effort was a conservative approach, dumping the weird wraparound bumper for a much more traditional grille-over-bumper design. Clearly, whatever the stylists did worked, because Plymouth sold more than 120,000 coupes alone in 1973 (in Satellite, Sebring, Sebring Plus and Road Runner trims) - nearly double what it did in 1971.
For consignment and gracing the west mallway of our hallowed halls, a 1973 Plymouth Road Runner showing in eyecatching Blue Streak with an Eggshell, (think bright white), interior. Add in a rear spoiler, snappy strobe stripe, a bulged hood, machine gun tip exhaust and a numbers matching drivetrain...who said that the muscle car died in 1971.
Bathed in the deep end of the pool Blue Streak, this hardtop lost the weird wrap around bumper from the previous year and now has a deeply recessed egg crate style grille which is set off by deeply canted quad headlamps. A twin scoop bulged hood rests between the straight steel fenders, which have a slight hint of throwback to the 1930's style pontoon fenders. The coke bottle bulbous sides are carried over from the prior year design with a white strobe stripe breaking up the sea of blue down the sides and up over the rear of the roof. The stripes are showing some cracking and crazing but it isn't noticeable from a distance. At the rear, the draft horse style hiney hit the gym and lost most of its bulkiness. A body color matching spoiler sits atop of the trunk lid and gives the tail end some muscle. Smaller and better integrated than the prior year, the taillights sit neatly in the shiny chrome rear bumper and black hard rubber bumperettes are there to keep Big Brother happy. 14" Mopar rally wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wrapped in Dunlop raised white letter rubber.
All looking like it came right off the factory floor, Eggshell, (white), vinyl and plastic door panels have a chrome window crank, door release, and a mirror joystick to break up the expanse of white. Inside sleek styled with integrated headrests, buttoned white vinyl buckets. Fronting these chairs, is the original molded plastic to look like a wood covered dash front. On top is padded black textured vinyl. The gauges have been “molded into” the wood and are all clean and functioning and are fronted by the original 3 spoke black plastic steering wheel with iconic Warner Brothers Beep Beep Road Runner in the center. More black as the dash extends over to the passenger side with an ash receptacle and lighter, and a glove box. Black carpeting floods the floors for the front and rear, and just above the rear is a pristine rear bench with buttons which match the buckets up front. A center console in black molded plastic surfs through the front buckets and has some wood appliqué in it, and a T-handled slap stick shifter. Above a near perfect headliner hangs proudly in white.
Under the hood in a restored engine bay painted Blue Streak, we see a Chrysler blue painted block in numbers matching 318ci format. On top is an upgrade in the form of an aluminum intake manifold and a 4bbl carburetor. A recent oil change with Mopar oil filter was completed as well as a tune up and a new air filter for the chrome air cleaner assembly. To keep things cool a new 26" radiator, thermostat, temperature sensor and radiator car was installed. Our consignor also tells us that a new electronic ignition unit, battery and voltage regulator were installed. Bolted to the mill is the numbers matching A904 3-speed automatic transmission which had a recent service which included a filter, fluid and pan gasket. Putting the power to the road is an 8 3/4" rear axle assembly. We also note that the A/C system was evacuated and recharged with R12 to keep you in the deep freeze.
Obviously not a rotisserie restoration underneath but still nicely coated underpinnings with not even a speck of rust. Torsion bar front suspension, and leaf sprung for the rear, along with power disc brakes upfront, and power drums for the back. A Flowmaster exhaust snakes its way to chrome tipped rear exits. Our consignor adds that recently the front sway bar end links were replaced along with a servicing of the brake system and check up on the front suspension.
A very quick fire up and a low rumble with the idle. Off on the test track she performed with great acceleration, bias free braking, and all simple functions were working just swimmingly. While not the raw horsepower of a big block the sound from the machine gun tips is music to any muscle car lover's ears and I dig the groovy Beep Beep horn.
A well sorted out and maintained muscle car built when the era was coming to a screeching halt thanks in part to regulations, insurance and skyrocketing gas prices....sounds familiar doesn't it? A powerful V8 engine, snappy color combo and a popular redesign of the coke bottle platform all wrapped up and ready to keep you coyote proof. Beep Beep Indeed!
M-Medium Price Class
21-2 Door Sedan
G-318ci V8 2bbl
R-Windsor, Ontario Assy Plant
221835-Sequential Unit Number
Medium, Road Runner
2 Door Coupe
G3R: 318 150HP(net) or 170HP(net) 1-2BBL 8 CYL
Windsor, ONT, CAN
E44:318 cid 2 barrel V8 230hp
D34:Light Duty Automatic Transmission
TB3:Blue Streak (Dodge) Exterior Color
D6XW:Trim - Luxury, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Black/White
EW1:Eggshell White (Dodge) Int. Door Frames
123:Build Date: January 23
TB3:Blue Streak (Dodge) Top Color
B41:Front Disc Brakes w/Standard 10in RR Drum
C16:Console w/Woodgrain Panel
F11:46 Amp Alternator (std with AC)
G37:OS Dual Racing Mirrors
H51:Air Conditioning with Heater
L31:Hood/Fender Mounted Turn Signals
M21:Roof drip rail moldings
M26:Wheel Lip Moldings
M85:Front & Rear Bumper Guards
N42:Chrome Exhaust Tips
R11:Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)
END:End of Sales Codes
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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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