Descended from greatness, this 1973 Plymouth Road Runner means affordable muscle, complete with V8 power and a gorgeous restoration. In fact, this car is so nice that we're pretty sure you'll never find a better one. Highly detailed all out of proportion to its price, this is an awesome find for late Mopar muscle fans.
Wearing new sheetmetal for 1973, the Road Runner took on a more rectangular look that seems more aggressive when compared to its earlier siblings. And Mopar was still in the performance business, selling the car complete with a racy domed hood with faux intake nostrils, a full stripe package, and details like hood pins and sport mirrors. Painting it bright red emphasizes the car's muscular curves and the workmanship is outstanding in every way. Great gaps, a wonderful gloss, and correct decals, including the requisite Road Runner on the deck lid all add up to making this one fantastic-looking piece of Plymouth history. Those quarter panels are massive and have complex curves, so getting them straight can be tricky, but fortunately this car never needed major surgery so it was relatively easy to achieve such great results. There's also quite a bit of chrome, most notably the big front and rear bumpers, and it all looks fantastic today.
The interior will be familiar to anyone who loves Mopar performance cars, with high-back buckets, a center console that angles towards the driver, and a dash full of round gauges. The pillow-tufted buckets have a high-class look that belied the car's price in 1973, and today offers a retro look at what was cool 40 years ago and cool today. The gauges appear to be very nice originals with clear lenses and sharp markings and the three-spoke steering wheel is pure Chrysler. The door panels are in excellent condition and it's loaded with options, including cold factory A/C, a TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission, and an AM radio with an FM converter hanging underneath, another retro touch that works rather well. And in the trunk you'll find the original mat, clean floors and quarter panels, a correct mat, and a full-sized spare and jack assembly.
Great news for fans of authenticity awaits under the hood, where you'll find a strong-running 318 cubic inch V8. Still a ton of fun even though the Feds were doing all they could to quash performance, it fires with a seductive rumble from the dual exhaust and idles smoothly. The engine bay is very authentically finished with original-style air cleaner, reproduction hoses and clamps, and corporate blue engine enamel. It hasn't been modified or abused like so many of its siblings, and it shows signs that it has always been properly maintained because it runs superbly. It's backed by the aforementioned TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic and a set of 3.23 gears, so it's happy on the highway and please be sure to take a good, long look at that undercarriage, which cost a fortune to get into the condition you see today. There's a new dual exhaust system, a fresh gas tank, and those cool 18-inch US Mag wheels with low-profile Uniroyal radials.
Complete with an owner's manual and a reproduction window sticker, this rare Road Runner is a sure bet for future collectability, and remains an awesome, fun car today. Call now!