The Plymouth Road Runner was produced from 1968 – 1980. The Road Runner, which was a B-Body Mopar, was based on the same platform as the Belvedere, Satellite, and GTX.
It cost Plymouth $50,000 for the rights to use the Road Runner name and other bells and whistles ( beep – beep horn ). Plymouth’s main goal in producing the Road Runner was to be able to run 13s at the race track and still be able to sell the car for under $4,000.
1968 Road Runner
In 1968 the 383 was the standard engine, which was only upgradable to the 426 HEMI. Plymouth projected to sell only 2,500 Road Runners, so they limited the options available. In the end though they actually sold around 45,000.
1969 Road Runner
In response the popularity of the Road Runner, they decided to add quite a few more options in 1969. First, they added the convertible as an option. Next they expanded the choices for engines. They add the 440 – 4 Barrel, and the 440 – 6 Barrel. Finally they changed the Road Runner decals from black and white to color. Plymouth eventually sold 82,109 Road Runners, almost double from the year before. The ’68 and ’69 models were very similar in appearance, one way you can tell them apart is that the ’68s had the round marker lights while ’69s had rectangular ones.
1970 Road Runner
In 1970 Plymouth continued adding more options. Plymouth released what they called the Air Grabber Hood, which at the press of a button flipped open a hood scoop and delivered fresh air to the engine. There were no changes in the engine line-up. One design that changed from the earlier models was a side scoop. This was the last year of this body style.
1971 and Later Road Runners
A new body style arrived with the 1971 model. The new design showed more curves and it looked a bit more like the ‘Cudas and Challengers. 1971 was considered the beginning of the end for muscle cars. Stricter emission standards were already starting to take effect. And as the years went on it only became worse.
Road Runner VIN and Fender Tag Decoding
Need to decode the fender tag or VIN tag for a Plymouth Road Runner, or any other Mopar? If so, then you might want to check out the Mopar VIN Decoder, and or, the Mopar Fender Tag Decoder. Don’t need to decode a VIN tag or a fender tag but would still like to know how to decode them? Then you would definitely want to check out the Mopar VIN Decoding, and Mopar Fender Tag Decoding pages.