Meet the Road Runner. Nope, not the cartoon character. Although Plymouth did pay $50,000 to Warner Brothers to use the name and cartoon likeness of their cartoon character as well as its “beep-beep” horn.
The 1971 Road Runner
The Plymouth Road Runner was developed as a mid-priced car and was placed between the Satellite and Belvedere model line-up. It was built on the B-body platform. The 1968 model was a first in American automotive history: a high-power, but budget-priced muscle car, with lightweight and strong engines.
The 1968 Road Runner
To get the maximum performance at the lowest cost, the Roadrunner slashed non-performance amenities like carpet and featured very few amenities. There was no radio, no air conditioning, no cruise control, no trim, and very few colour options. Most of the options available favoured speed and acceleration.
Many had steering wheels with a little Road Runner logo, and air cleaners with the logo “Coyote Duster.” The Superbird put a huge, helmeted Roadrunner onto its massive rear spoiler. Unlike many sports cars, it was built for serious street work, which might be why so many survived. The 1980 model year was the last one for the Road Runner.
The 1969 Road Runner was named Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year” and sale stopped at 84,000 total.
The 1969 Road Runner
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