Plymouth Road Runner

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.

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31 Responses to Plymouth Road Runner

  1. Frank T. Schenck Sr. says:

    Need some help on understanding the VIN number for a 1969 Road Runner?
    Number is:RM23H9A239941
    Any information would be of great help!
    Thanks,
    Frank

  2. Johnny Jumbo says:

    No 440 4bbl for 69 roadrunner only 6bbl

  3. Johnny Jumbo says:

    Hey Frank just type in info on your pc

  4. deborah.moore says:

    we are restoration a 1970 plymouth road runner .need a parts book sent to Deborah Moore 4847 co. rd. 31 lineville, Al 36266. thank u

  5. Larry says:

    I have a 71 date engine 440 not a h.p. engine, what do i need to do to get 375hp.

  6. Otis Gullickson says:

    My brother is searching for his first new car. It was a 1972 Road Runner with 400 4spd that he traded for a new Charger in 74 because he wanted the 440. Is there a way to track it down? He still has the VIN. It is RM23P2R213036.
    By the was, he restored and still has the 74.
    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
    Otis Gullickson

  7. Eddie says:

    hello i just finished restoring my 72 Roadrunner.i need some info.on the emblems on the quarter panels.I need the specs.on where they go any info. will help.i have to drill the holes on the quarters,need some help.
    thanks Eddie

  8. Cal says:

    Larry: Yothe your ’71 is nearly identical to the “375″ horse 440′s produced from ’67-’69. Horsepower went down slightly in 70 and 71 mainly due to emmisions equipment and different carburetion. Also I believe compression ratio was reduced slightly in 71 and reduced drastically in 72. The 268/284 degree camshaft is the one used in high performance 383/440′s from the factory.Use an Edelbrock performer intake manifold and carb or the edelbrock performer carb on a stock 440 intake if you can locate one. The performer is basically the old Carter AFB as used on the 67 440 Magnum/Golden Commando

  9. Cal says:

    Larry: Your ’71 is nearly identical to the “375″ horse 440′s produced from ’67-’69. Horsepower went down slightly in 70 and 71 mainly due to emmisions equipment and different carburetion. Also I believe compression ratio was reduced slightly in 71 and reduced drastically in 72. The 268/284 degree camshaft is the one used in high performance 383/440′s from the factory.Use an Edelbrock performer intake manifold and carb or the edelbrock performer carb on a stock 440 intake if you can locate one. The performer is basically the old Carter AFB as used on the 67 440 Magnum/Golden Commando

  10. Chargerz says:

    i just bought a 69 RR but i don’t know what the F8 color paint code is ? somebody?

  11. paul says:

    Body Type: R = Road Runner

    Price Class: M = Medium

    Body Type: 23 = 2 Door Hardtop

    Engine: H = 383 330HP OR 335HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL

    Year: 9 = 1969

    Sequence Number: 239941 = 139941st Vehical Built

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  12. paul says:

    Body Type: R = Road Runner

    Price Class: M = Medium

    Body Type: 23 = 2 Door Hardtop

    Engine: H = 383 330HP OR 335HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL

    Year: 9 = 1969

    Sequence Number: 239941 = 139941st Vehical Built

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    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.

  13. RICHARD says:

    hi can anyone help with this i d number,RM23H9A206068,trying to find out if it had power steering,front bench seat,4 speed manuel gear box,any help would be highly appreciated,thanks richard, 1969 roadrunner

  14. Vinny says:

    Hi Richard. RM23H9AXXXXXX only tells you the body style, motor option, production year and sequence number. You have to check the FENDER TAG and BUILD SHEET for the other options. The build sheet tells it all. It can usually be found under the rear seat between the springs and the cushion. Good Luck!

  15. travel says:

    Good material. Bless you for this.

  16. John says:

    What is YX9 on a 1970 Roadrunner fender tag?

  17. Gregory Anderson says:

    How does one if you have a 330 or 335 HP engine?

  18. Gary says:

    i have several parts for 1974 roadrunner for sale just about everything on car

  19. Shannon says:

    I have a 1970 Roadrunner with 77,000 original miles, 383, and all the numbers match. Brown, airgrabber, pistol grip shifter. Has been parked in a barn since 1981. It cleaned up really nice. It has new tires and exhaust. Make an offer.

  20. Roger says:

    I inherited one of 386 440 RoadRunners built in 1974. It is a one owner car with 30,000 actual miles with #’s matching engine and has been stored since 1980. The motor is out of it with a highrise dual quad manifold on it but the car is all there (except the original 15″ rally wheels). I am getting an incredible amount of people that want me to price it since my brothers passing. What is it really worth (no rust and upholstery is good buy the body has some dings on it and is covered in dirt from sitting in a garage for 30 year. Any idea?

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