So it turns out that Chrysler really hit on a great thing with the Roadrunner. Build a lightweight, affordable muscle car with all the go-fast goodies and none of the pork and people would buy them by the truckload. Even today, this matching-numbers example is like a Hemi Orange party on wheels.
Because these were inexpensive, fast cars, most of them were beaten to within an inch of their lives, then thrown away. But once in a while, you found one that had a good home and careful ownership, and this is the result. This car is every bit as nice as it looks in photos, with spectacular bodywork and paint that is so vibrant that you can almost hear it sizzling if you get close. It's had a color change from the original Sahara Tan, but when the results are this amazing, who cares? All the original Roadrunner graphics were duplicated, including the black hood stripes, and it's interesting to note that the dust trails that often run along the flanks of Roadrunners were optional. All the chrome is freshly restored, the grille is nearly perfect, and the car's just so pretty now that I hope you're not afraid to crack the throttle now and again, because that's what this car lives for.
No frills was the Roadrunner's mantra, and the black interior is as it was built in 1969. Thankfully not upgraded to buckets and a console, this one is instead a very unusual combination of a bench seat and a 4-speed manual and a complete lack of performance-sapping options. You got a basic dashboard with simple gauges, although this one does carry the optional tachometer tucked into the gauge cluster. The seats, carpets, door panels, and even the dash pad are fresh pieces, and the steering wheel has a correct horn ring linked to a proper beep beep! horn. The original Music Master AM radio remains in the dash with its unique vertical control knobs, and the trunk is finished with a new mat, matching spare, and jack assembly.
The standard engine in the Roadrunner was a 383 cubic inch big block, and just because it was the base engine, don't make the mistake of under-estimating it. This is the original, numbers-matching block and grunts out 335 horsepower and enough torque to incinerate the original bias-ply skinnies. It's beautifully detailed with Hemi Orange paint on the block, a correct air cleaner, and plenty of original-style markings throughout. The only possible demerit might be the hose clamps, but you can fix those in about 30 minutes, then start collecting the big trophies. Underneath, it's clean but not over-restored (remember what I said about being afraid to drive it?), offering a reproduction exhaust system, stock suspension and brakes, and those cool painted steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps and 235/70/15 BFG radials.
The Roadrunner still offers a ton of fun for the money, but this time you can enjoy it as an investment too. Call now!
This vehicle is located in our Atlanta, GA showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.