MOPAR MIST GREEN, #'S MATCHING 383CI V8, PARTIAL BUILD SHEET, POWER STEERING
The Plymouth Roadrunner always offered inexpensive big block fun, and that remains true today with this 1968 Roadrunner hardtop. With all the advances in horsepower we've enjoyed over the past four decades, there's still nothing like the swell of torque from a well-tuned big block and in the lightweight, stripped-down, street fighter Roadrunner, the effect is thrilling every time you step on the gas.
There's a bit of the original Chrysler Corporation broadcast sheet that comes with this car and it seems to suggest that the Mist Green it currently wears is its original hue. It's not flashy, but if you think back to the late 1960s, it must have been very much in fashion and today it's kind of a low-key look that helps stay out of sight when there's this much horsepower involved. The sheetmetal underneath is in good order, with decent gaps and lots of effort spent on getting those massive quarters straight without blunting the wonderful character line that sweeps across the surface. Mist green probably won't light anyone's fire at a stop light drag race, but the finish is sophisticated and unusual and we especially like it without graphics or stripes, which was surely the original owner's intention. Nice chrome bumpers, a few shiny trim bits, and a matching vinyl roof all help with the upscale look that comes at a budget price.
The two-tone green interior is nicely finished and uses correct materials and patterns to replicate that late-60s vibe. The Roadrunner was no-frills, of course, but the detailing on the door panels and the modestly convincing woodgrained steering wheel help dress things up a bit. With bench seats and a column-shifted automatic, it's practical, yes, but it's also easy to think of the first owner, maybe a young guy for whom this was his first new car and he wanted some horsepower to go with it, and the Roadrunner was a smart choice. The gauges show bright faces and clear markings, the original Music Master AM radio still lives in the dash with its unique vertical knobs, and things like the seat belts and carpets look almost new. In fact, on a car that was practically advertised by the factory as a blank canvas for modifications, this 'Beeper is shockingly stock inside and out. The trunk is as massive as you'd expect, and includes a rubber mat that fits well.
The 383 cubic inch big block delivers the kind of creamy-smooth torque that only lots of displacement can offer. Nicely finished in corporate turquoise paint, the big V8 never feels like it's working very hard but things happen in a big hurry when you bury the loud pedal. Correct details include the black air cleaner and even the orange plug wires, which most folks believe are aftermarket, but that's how they came. Thankfully, it does offer power steering, which is always welcome on a car with a big chunk of cast iron over the front axle, and the TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission never blinks when all that torque is churning through it. It sounds fantastic exhaling through a dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, and while the undercarriage is probably mostly original, you can see that important things like the gas tank and shock absorbers are recent. Original Magnum-style wheels carry Firestone radials all around that fit well and look right.
Not an investment car, but there's nothing wrong with that. Instead, it's still working the original formula: big fun, small price. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Factory Buildsheet
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