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Plymouth Road Runner

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A car produced by Plymouth from 1968-1980.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Plymouth Road Runner page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Plymouth Road Runner is a mid-size car with a focus on performance built by Plymouth in the United States between 1968 and 1980. By 1968, some of the original muscle cars were moving away from their roots as relatively cheap, fast cars as they gained features and increased in price. Plymouth developed the Road Runner to market a lower priced, basic trim model to its upscale GTX.

Plymouth paid $50,000 to Warner Bros.-Seven Arts to use the Road Runner name and likeness from their Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner cartoons (as well as a "beep, beep" horn, which Plymouth paid $10,000 to develop). The Road Runner was based on the Chrysler B platform (the same as the Belvedere and Satellite), as a back-to-basics mid-size performance car.


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TypeTitle
1983 BookRoadrunner: A Source Book edited by Samuel A. Shields, Jr.; Motorbooks International


Video

2012 Mecum Fall Premier Auction: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Resto Mod
October 26, 2012
Duration: 1:33
Video ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $31,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Download 2012 Mecum Fall Premier Auction: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Resto Mod at The Internet Archive


Photographs

Plymouth Road Runner Interior From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

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Plymouth Road Runner Interior From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

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Plymouth Road Runner Interior From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

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Plymouth Road Runner Interior From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

View photo of Plymouth Road Runner Interior - 1.8MB
1969 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1969 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1969 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner 1970
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Richmond, llinois Cruise Night:  June 13, 2008
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1970
Built by Kim Gableson
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Janaury 2010 Banquet of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night:  June 7, 2010
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night:  June 7, 2010
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night:  June 7, 2010
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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1971 Plymouth Road Runner 1971
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
October 7, 2007
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
View photo of Plymouth Road Runner - 3.0MB
Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
View photo of Plymouth Road Runner - 3.3MB
Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
Note from Bill: This was my son's favorite car of the night.
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
View photo of Plymouth Road Runner - 3.5MB
Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
New Berlin Quaker Steak & Lube Cruise Night: July 18, 2013
View photo of Plymouth Road Runner - 2.8MB
Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
August 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Plymouth Road Runner Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
August 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Plymouth Road Runner Clipart Image courtesy of Public-domain-photos.com
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View Plymouth Road Runner Clipart in SVG format - 413KB
1973 Plymouth Road Runner 1973
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Johnsburg Car and Bike Show
August 16, 2009
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner 1973
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Johnsburg Car and Bike Show
August 16, 2009
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner 1973
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Johnsburg Car and Bike Show
August 16, 2009
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner 1973
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Johnsburg Car and Bike Show
August 16, 2009
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner 1973
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Johnsburg Car and Bike Show
August 16, 2009
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1973
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1973
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1973 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car 1973
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of 1973 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car - 2.3MB
1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1974 Plymouth Road Runner 1974
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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Plymouth Road Runner Model Car Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
March 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Plymouth Road Runner Model Car Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
March 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Plymouth Road Runner Model Car Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
March 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 54367-0710'70 Plymouth RoadrunnerHot Rod Magazine, small scale, yellow


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
16 February 2006Retro Rides, Part 4:  Dodge RoadrunnerBill Crittenden
28 March 2011The Real King Of Muscle Cars: The Road RunnerWilliam Jason


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