GALEN GOVIER DOCUMENTED, HEMI CAR, ORIGINAL #'S MATCHING HEMI COMES WITH CAR
The 1968 Plymouth Road Runner was designed to do two things: go fast and be cheap. Well, today that's only half right, as the fastest of the fast, cars like this Hemi-powered Road Runner, are grade-A collectables that rightfully deserve spots in the very best collections. And hey, if there's a numbers-matching Hemi motor on the side, well, so much the better!
Repainted in its original code J Medium Gold Metallic, this gorgeous Road Runner has an awesome low-key look that's integral to its role as a predator. According to Galen Govier, this car is one of only two Hemi-powered Road Runners treated to this paint scheme, and that's kind of a shame because it looks fantastic. Befitting a car with this kind of pedigree, the paint is worlds nicer than it was when it was new, the gaps are exacting, and it has a crisp, sharp look that separates the good cars from the great ones. Those four little letters HEMI spelled out on the hood are the only tipoff that this is the most feared car on the streets of 1968, and by the time you noticed them at the red light, well, it may have already been too late. This one was obviously built for combat, because it uses the standard 2-door sedan body style with a post, making it lighter and stiffer than the hardtop, and even with the blacked-out hood treatment, it doesn't really do much advertising. The paint is gorgeous, the chrome is as-new, and the whole car look ready for the show field, so you'll have to figure out a way to resist driving it every single day.
The interior is basic yet effective, offering standard Road Runner bench seats, a column-shifted TorqueFlight, and a minimum of add-ons. Remember, the emphasis was on keeping the price down when it was new, and most buyers understood that adding options not only added to the cost, but slowed the car down. I'm sure that was the deal here, because the Hemi wasn't cheap, yet they only added a tach and an AM/8-track radio to the options list after checking off the Hemi engine. It's all beautifully finished and quite correct, save for the aftermarket gauges under the dash, which are probably a good idea for monitoring the Hemi under the hood. The massive trunk is finished for show, with a correct mat and matching fifth wheel and full jack assembly.
The engine is a service replacement block, but the original, numbers-matching Hemi block is included with the car, so there's no doubt that it's the real deal (it's also why it's relatively affordable). The engine is fully rebuilt and totally detailed for show under the hood, including the chrome air cleaner, twin Carter 4-barrel carbs, and wrinkle-finish valve covers. It must have been quite a sight in 1968 to open the hood on this stripper and see the party going on, and the effect today is even more pronounced. Correct details like the hose clamps, plug wires, and even the markings on the firewall give it a very authentic look and it runs superbly. The TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission doesn't seem to mind the torque and there's a rugged 8.75-inch rear end with 3.23 gears on a Sure Grip limited slip. Correct mufflers, a new gas tank, and fully rebuilt suspension components all make for a car that's ready to show at just about any level. And you already know how much we love the no-nonsense look of steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps, especially when they're wrapped in F70-15 redlines.
Documented with a reproduction window sticker, Govier paperwork, and restoration photos, this spectacular Road Runner doesn't disappoint, no matter what you plan to do with it. Call today!
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- Numbers Matching
- 8 Track
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Galen Govier Documentation
- Reproduction Window Sticker
- Restoration Photos
- Exterior Color
- Gold Metallic
- Transmission Spec
- A727 Torqueflite
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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