This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner isn't going to last long on the showroom floor. They never do. It must be the combination of in-your-face audacity with Limelight Green paint, big block power, and the no-frills attitude that makes these cars so popular year-in and year-out. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Chrysler's High-Impact colors were the talk of the industry in 1970 and today when you show up in a car like this it gets everyone talking. And yes, this car is wearing FJ5 Limelight Green and completely unapologetic about it. It was painted a few years ago and it's holding up well, although a good buff and wax would really work wonders. The color is just about right, no metallic, no modern takes on an old favorite, just the bold fluorescent green that practically defined Mopar muscle. And if you're going to attract this kind of attention, you'd better get the bodywork right, too, so they took their time to put it together far more carefully than the factory could manage. Not perfect, but you can see the hours of block sanding that went into it before the glowing paint went on. It wears a correct standard hood, along with a set of proper Road Runner dust trails running down its flanks (experts will note that there is a left side and a right side, and this one was done correctly). Out back there's a Go-Wing that matches the black vinyl top, making for a rather handsome presentation. Nice chrome bumpers are almost subtle on a car that looks like this and the fine-toothed grille remains in very good condition.
The interior is a combination of stock and modified, and it's as intense as the bodywork. Yes, it's industrial-strength with a front bench, which has been custom upholstered in black and tan vinyl that makes it feel upscale. The carpets have been replaced, and the reproduction threads use the correct nap and weave for a factory-correct look and the remaining original stuff is so nice that nothing really looks out of place. It's got a full complement of Rallye gauges, so the guy spec'ing out the order form knew what he was doing. Other options include A/C (needs to be serviced) and an AM/FM radio, which replaces the original AM unit. The trunk is tidy, carrying some cast-off carpets that make it look finished and help control noise.
The original 383 is gone, replaced by a later 400 cubic inch V8 under the hood. It was rebuilt about 1000 miles ago and offers a very stock look, from the chrome air cleaner with Super Commando decals to the Hemi Orange paint on the block itself. There's a 4-barrel carburetor underneath, and thanks to proper tuning, it starts easily and pulls through the gears like it's trying to escape from something. A TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission is an eager travelling partner, always picking the right gear and eager to downshift for a punch of acceleration. The underside shows off years of clean living down south, and it includes power steering to make it easy to handle around town. Twin Flowmasters sound spectacaulr and with air shocks out back, you can fine-tune both the ride height and the launch. Weld Pro-Star wheels are always a great choice on 1970s muscle and they're wrapped in 205/65/15 front and 295/50/15 rear radials.
Not for the faint-of-heart, this high-visibility Mopar more than delivers on the promises made by the outrageous paint job. Like I said, you probably shouldn't be waiting on this one, call now!