1969 Plymouth Road Runner
1969 Plymouth Road Runner
- 383 V8
- Automatic Transmission
- 90k Miles
- Green Over Black Interior
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“Plymouth Road Runner: lightweight, cheap muscle” - Allpar (Mopar-enthusiast) website
The Pontiac GTO may have started the muscle car wars, but Chrysler upped the ante with the Road Runner. The Allpar website continued: “The Plymouth Roadrunner was a first in American automotive history: a high-power, but budget-priced muscle car, with light weight and strong engines. They were based on the mid-sized 'B-body' car (Belvedere/Satellite), but were lighter and cheaper. To get the maximum performance at the lowest cost, the Roadrunner slashed non-performance amenities….”
Offered here in medium-green-metallic over black is a second-year, 383 cubic-inch Road Runner in excellent condition. At just over 94,000 miles—roughly 1,825 miles per-year on average—this Plymouth performance legend has been lightly used, and its high level of owner maintenance is evident throughout.
This Road Runner's medium-green-metallic finish is excellent across the entire “Belvedere” 2-door-hardtop body. The simplicity of the bodywork—free of some of the graphic excesses and extensive blackout trim of later models—makes for a pure representation of the original Road Runner aesthetic. The restrained use of the Road Runner cartoon-image, limited to the front fenders and rear deck, as well as the small “base” hubcaps, suggest the original owner chose a bit of a “sleeper” presentation over a more gawdy “race-me” image. That said, Mopar aficionados won't mistake this for anything but the performance over-achiever it is. The “383”-identification on the hood bulges and the small “road runner” emblem on the rear-deck only confirm it. (The red-stripe tires and dual-exhaust outlets also help.)
Inside, the straightforward, unobtrusive muscle-car aesthetic continues with horizontally pleated black vinyl covering the bench seats, front and rear. Black carpeting and dash are similarly restrained (Road Runner images on the front protective mats, and “Beep Beep” on the rears the exceptions), with the chrome Bosch tachometer the only obvious aftermarket speed statement. Less obvious are the below-dash engine-monitoring gauges and updated audio unit. The column-mounted shifter for the automatic transmission (often preferred by 0-60 enthusiasts) could also masquerade as a non-performance selection. Still, the Road Runner image on the steering wheel center and again on the passenger side of the dash, make a clear statement of the car's pedigree. And to clear up any doubt, just lift the hood.
Underneath that hood is a perfectly clean, virtually spotless engine compartment with the “383 cubic-inch Road Runner”-labeled air cleaner topping the V8. All related components, wiring, and engine-cooling plumbing are properly mounted, as is the car's bespoke “beep-beep” horn. (A sampling of the car's intoxicating engine note can be had in the accompanying startup-and-walkaround video link.) Fenders, cowl, and underside of the hood are all properly painted in the body color. The factory body-identification tag remains riveted in place. Viewed from below, the car's dual exhaust (with crossover) is properly routed and undamaged. The chassis features a rust-preventative coating, and no rust issues are indicated.
The exceptional condition of this '69 Road Runner is faithfully presented from every angle (including from below) in the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, we always encourage in-person, up-close inspections by interested parties—or their representatives—at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that advance appointments be made by phone or email so that we can devote our full attention to our visitors and this very special automobile. Our showroom is not open to the public. We are also happy to answer questions by email or phone.
The true joy of owning a muscle car lies in experiencing its power… not only the power from under the hood, but the power these cars have to transport the driver back to the Sixties. The fortunate next owner of this Road Runner has all that power to look forward to every time they get behind the wheel.