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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53 Responses to Plymouth Road Runner

  1. Dave Green says:

    Can anyone help? I’m in need of a front grille for a Plymouth Volare Roadrunner coupe 1977 anyone know where maybe a good place to try?

  2. Tom Gizzo says:

    I have a 1969 Road Runner which was an original balck exterior with pewter interior. Does anyone know how many were made in’69 with this combo?

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    I’d love pic’s of the (#19) Shannon’s 71 RoadRunner

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  9. Andrew says:

    The difference between 68 and 69 is the grille and rear taillights not just the side markers

  10. Jp says:

    I have 71 road runner 383cid and I don’t know where is the vin code on the engine and see if I have matching number help please.

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  14. Mike says:

    in responce to comment above, the Roadrunner was never available with a 440 4 barrel, was it? I say no, a question I have is suspension related, I have a 69 Roadrunner with 15″ wheels 265 60’s in the back and 225 70’s in the front, the car sways real bad is it the tires that are the issue or is it rear springs or sway bars?

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  16. mike aldag says:

    Trying to track down the legitimate fender tag/build sheet for my road runner, have the vin and its nothing special, 383 1-4 barrel 4 speed car by the brackets and linkage still attached, butthe fender tag n build sheet are missing. Any help would be really appreciated.

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  19. Thomas Berggren says:

    Looking for my build sheet Plymouth 1968 GTX WIN RS23L8A140012
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