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I’ve taken a personal interest in quite a few pickups recently and they’re definitely a great type of custom car to get your teeth into but today we’re going to take a closer look at this crazy 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Say hello to V8TV’s Muscle of the Week.
When it comes to this car, green definitely means go.
A closer look at the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth Road Runners are very cool cars with a base model configuration. This one has a 380 cubic inch V8 and comes with the hotter A12 package.
The secret to its success is how it’s been built. Plymouth started with a mid-sized family sedan, gutted out all the fancy stuff, chucked in a high strung V8, gave it some short gears and painted it a bright, daring green. All you need to do is hand on.
To improve the air flow to the engine, this car has a fiberglass hood that’s held down by pins. The great thing about that is you can drive without the hood if you really want and it doesn’t detract from the overall great look of the car. The only downside is that if you want to check your oil level, you’re gonna need a hand from a friend.
The Plymouth Road Runner was never intended to be a fully loaded luxury ride, it was built for people who wanted to go fast but didn’t care about electric windows or fitted parts that come with a dragster.
So the standard 1969 Plymouth Road Runner could produce around 390 hp and up to 490 lbs feet of torque but because this car has the A12 package, it pushes its hp output up to 420 and is therefore competing with the 426 hemi.
The car doesn’t come with any fancy hubcaps but just standard red-lined wheels, a feature that’s been replaced on this car.
To be fair, this car is as basic as it gets and that’s part of the appeal. It’s a purpose build street fighter with no added weight to slow it down.
It’s even won Motor Trend Car of the Year.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner? Is it the ultimate muscle car?