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 something to be said for subtlety, although we're not sure if a car with a giant hood scoop on a flat black hood is exactly low-profile. On the other hand, the handsome silver paint isn't flashy, but it's kind of a stealth 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. It's fairly recent and shines up well, and you could really take it up a notch with a professional cut and buff. Silver fits right in today and we like the contrast of the modern(ish) color on the vintage sheetmetal; it's 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 no graphics or stripes all help with the upscale look that comes at a reasonable price.
The all-business interior is nicely finished and uses correct materials and patterns to replicate that late-60s vibe. The Roadrunner was no-frills, of course, but you could get buckets and a console, and the detailing on the door panels and the modestly convincing woodgrained steering wheel help dress things up a bit. The gauges are probably original and show clear lenses and bright markings, and they're joined by a big tach strapped to the steering column. Obviously with the 4-speed manual, this car was built for combat, so there's no radio, although it's ripe for the aftermarket head unit of your choice. There is a pistol-grip shifter, which is always cool, but this car is strictly business. 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 all the sheetmetal remains in fantastic condition.
The freshly built 440 cubic inch big block delivers the kind of creamy-smooth torque that only lots of displacement can offer. It's based on a stock 440 block that's been filled with 10.7:1 compression Keith Black pistons, Mopar Six Pack rods, stainless fads, Comp Cams camshaft, and roller rockers up top. Intake duties come from an Edelbrock Ram intake with a Holley double-pumper carb and it's lit up with an MSD spark box. Nicely finished in Hemi Orange 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. The rugged 4-speed manual transmission never blinks when all that torque is churning through it and there's a robust 8.75-inch rear end with traction bars out back. It sounds fantastic exhaling through a dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers and turn-downs ahead of the axle, and the floors look spectacular, suggesting a great deal of time and money invested there. Air shocks help fine-tune the launch and it sits on classic Weld wheels with 225/60/15 BFGs in front and 235/60/15 Mickey Thompson Street drag radials in back.
Not an investment car, but there's nothing wrong with that. Instead, this car offers a ton of performance that's ready to rock without another thought. Call today!