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Lot 174: Plymouth Road Runner 440

Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (28 May 2012)

Although Plymouth already had a performance car in the GTX designers decided to go back to the drawing board and reincarnate the original muscle car concept. Plymouth wanted a car able to run 14-second times in the quarter mile (402 m) and sell for less than US$3000. Both goals were met, and the low-cost muscle car hit the street. The success of the Road Runner would far outpace the upscale and lower volume GTX, with which it was often confused. In 1968, having paid $50,000 to Warner Brothers for the use the name and likeness of their Road Runner cartoon character (as well as a "beep, beep" horn, which Plymouth paid $10,000 to develop), and using the Chrysler B platform as a base (the same as the Belvedere, Satellite, and GTX), Plymouth set out to build a back-to-basics muscle car. Everything essential to performance and handling was beefed-up and improved; everything nonessential was left out. The interior was spartan with a basic cloth-and-vinyl bench seat, lacking even carpets in early models, and few options were available - just the basics such as power steering and front disc brakes, AM radio, air conditioning (except with the 426 Hemi) and automatic transmission. The Road Runner of 1968-1970 was based on the Belvedere, while the GTX was based on the Satellite, a car with higher level trim and slight differences in the grilles and taillights. Offered here is a 1970 Road Runner, which has been fully rebuilt and equipped with a tuned, 440 cubic inch V8 engine. This is mated to an automatic transmission with a floor shift. To cope with the power from the 440 engine, the suspension, transmission, differential and brakes have been upgraded. This is a true American Muscle car with performance to match the looks. Finished in Graber orange with black interior, the car sits on American Racing Torque Thrust wheels and is complete with an MoT through to May 2013.

Lot Details
Auction Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex- Surrey Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number174
Estimate£21000-£24000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1970
Condition rating
Registration numberFYY 463H
Mileage-
Chassis numberRM21N0G13048
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2