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- Road Runner
- Seller: StreetsideTampa
- Phone: 813-501-1630
When you dream of Mopar muscle, isn't this 1970 Road Runner what it looks like? Attention-grabbing Blue Metallic paint, a blacked-out grille, hood pins/lanyards, and an aggressive rear wing make up this dialed-in example of one of Mopar's finest offerings. Restored to stock with a racer's heart inside, this real-deal Code 'RM' Road Runner has benefited from an upgraded transplant: a thundering 440 V8 mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. With all that added juice underneath this Mopar's exquisite physique, the resulting performance means no Coyote ever stands a chance at catching this wild-bird's tail.
If you're going to paint your Road Runner a vivid, tried-and-true color like one of Mopar's famous Blue Metallic shades (although admittedly, this finish is probably closer to a cross between EB5 Blue Fire and EB7 Jamaica Blue), you better darn sure make it straight. That was clearly the mantra for the pros who put this one together, and just because it's built for combat and doesn't take prisoners doesn't mean that it shouldn't be straight as an arrow. Look down those mile-long lines and see that the long quarter panels are ripple-free and still showcase that neat slash of relief along the upper edge. The doors fit flush, the gaps show a precision Mopar was never known for when new, and the angles are so exquisitely rendered I'd consider sharpening my pocket knife on them if I didn't know any better. Modern basecoat-clearcoat finish was laid down over a decade ago (the current owner purchased this Road Runner in 2009 after it had recently been restored), but don't count those years with worry, but rather marvel on how incredibly well-kept the car has been since the work was completed. It still looks rather fresh, with a bright shine that can only be described as top driver quality. Sure, it's not perfect, and upon closer examination a minor imperfection or two will surface, but we'd wager that you'll be smiling and drooling too much to even notice. And we love that for the most part, the stock design was left alone, allowing for the simple genius of the original styling to do most of the talking. The blacked-out grille gets the party started up front, the stock hood works with a pair of pins and lanyards that add a touch of aggression, which is turned up to '11' by the sight of the black Go-Wing out back. They kept the decals to a minimum, opting instead for the uniform Blue finish to do most of the talking, but you do get the Road Runner character on the front fenders (but not his trailing dust) and a black stripe and extra Road Runner on top of the tailpanel. That fairly conservative approach is perfectly fine by us, too often do we see classic muddied with way too many graphics and airbrush work, and when coupled with all the correct Plymouth and Road Runner badges, this A-Body looks like a million bucks. The chrome and brightwork was polished up to a blistering shine, and the giant exhaust pipes sticking angled out of the profiles almost look like a set of side pipes.
There's a standard Road Runner interior inside, but finding buckets, a center console, and a pistol-grip shifter is a very nice treat indeed. The black seat covers look great on the high-back buckets and there's nice woodgrain on the console that adds a touch of sophistication to the otherwise blue-collar cabin. The dash offers standard gauges, so aftermarket units were a must to keep up with the upgraded drivetrain – including a tachometer strapped to the steering column and a dual set of Equus auxiliary units under the dash. Speaking of the dash, it's remarkably well-kept and comes protected by a carpeted mat, and the matching black door panels, black carpets, and taut black headliner all give the cabin a tight, insulated feel when out on the open road. Like most Mopar's, options are sparse, and as fate should have it even the original AM radio and heater need to be serviced. That's a stock Road Runner steering wheel with a very comfortable cover that feels great in the hands of any white-knuckled driver, almost as good as the sculpted pistol-grip shifter that's inside the factory center console adorned with woodgrain applique and chrome. The massive trunk is minimalist, offering a correct plaid mat, spare, and enough space to haul all the local trophies this 'Beeper is bound to win.
For performance, few cars could keep pace with a Plymouth packing a big block, and this one carries a swapped-in 440 V8 that replaced the car's original 383 V8. Inhaling through a chrome air cleaner, the bright torque factory looks ready to be shown off, but upgrades like a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, long-tube headers, a mild camshaft, and large radiator with auxiliary fan suggest that it was built to run. Chrome Mopar valve covers, steel-braided lines, and neatly organized plumbing/electrical dress up the engine, which pops out from the slick-painted firewall and inner fenders. The dual exhaust system underneath gives this Road Runner an awesome sound and immediate throttle response, and it's obvious that the chassis and floorpans were attended to during the restoration. There's no better dance partner to a big block engine than a 4-speed gearbox – completely rebuilt in 2015 along with a new driveshaft – and the heavy-duty suspension and rear end can easily handle anything the motor can throw. Cragar S/S chrome wheels punctuate just about any classic and these carry 275/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that finish off the muscle car look perfectly.
This is a seriously dialed-in Mopar, and the strong quality only adds to its sinister looks. Call today!