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1971 Plymouth Road Runner

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This 1971 Plymouth Road Runner is what a lot of folks might call a survivor. With mostly original paint, a spectacular all-original interior, and an awesome power plant, it's exactly the kind of time capsule that is driving the collector car market today. Collectors and investors alike are learning to cherish the original car, even above a perfectly restored one, and things that used to be considered faults are now embraced as history. Never disassembled, and with paint that was only touched up as needed over the course of the past 40 years, this Road Runner still carries 100% of its original body panels and most of its original paint. No, it's not perfect, but that's what makes survivors like this so special. While a restored car is likely superior in every way, survivors are able to document exactly how the factory did their work. And guess what? Paint wasn't perfect, body gaps were sometimes a little wide, and chrome was a little cloudy. But without cars like this one, it would be very difficult to document correct features on the restored ones. And the real story is the condition-this car has obviously been someone's fair weather toy for most of its life, which accounts for the amazing preservation. Hailing from a warm, dry climate doesn't hurt, either. The body style was all-new in 1971, using what Chrysler called "fuselage" styling, and it was a big step forward for the Road Runner, employing compact dimensions and an aggressive appearance that served the car well. This one is super straight and clean, and is only just now starting to show its age, but with a conscientious owner, it can be preserved and enjoyed indefinitely. The black vinyl interior is simply amazing, with beautifully preserved seats, unblemished door panels, and a clean dashboard. A bench seat was standard in the Road Runner, as it had always been, because the car's mission was always high performance at a low price. Just look at the incredible condition of the carpets-they've been protected by floor mats, but the rich, dark fabric tells you that this car has been indoors most of its life, too. Even the driver's seat is still firm and supportive, with very little wear evident on the high-traffic areas like the outer seat cushion. The headliner is still taut, the gauges are all functional, and the original radio still lives in the dashboard. As with all survivors, you'll be amazed by how nice it really is. A 340 cubic inch small block was a mid-year addition to the Road Runner lineup. Dressed up in a coat of traditional Hemi Orange, the still-potent small block cranks out 275 horsepower and a stout 340 pounds of torque. With its lighter weight, the small block greatly improved the Road Runner's handling, and it is nearly as quick as the big block 383 cars. This one still carries an original style wrinkle-black air cleaner with '340 Four Barrel' decals on top. Routine maintenance items have been replaced over the years, including belts, hoses, plugs and wires, but for the most part, this is a nicely preserved engine bay. You'll also note that Plymouth kept the Road Runner's cartoony purple "Beep! Beep!" horns. Turn the key, and this one fires up quickly and idles surprisingly smoothly for a performance car, but pulls smoothly through the gears. And speaking of gears, this car is equipped with a 3-speed Torqueflight automatic driving an 8.75-inch rear. The chassis and underside of the car is rock-solid, looking better than cars ╝ its age and with half the mileage. The dual exhaust system has a healthy rumble thanks to a pair of Flowmasters, and like the engine compartment, signs of careful maintenance are everywhere you look. Wheels are appropriate Rallyes wearing reproduction Firestone Wide Oval bias-ply tires. 40-year-old cars don't get much cleaner than this. A desirable machine no matter which engine is powering it, the 1971 Road Runner was the last of the high-performance Mopars. This is a car that will be welcomed at the Mopar Nationals thanks to its amazing condition, and you'll probably find that there's always a crowd around it thanks to its unbelievable originality. It's likely that the trend towards investment-grade survivors will continue, and it's only a matter of time before the market picks up on cars like this. Call now and beat the rush! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 122948

as of 4/22/2011

Car 1971 Plymouth Road Runner
VIN RM23H1R187674 
Mileage 71,493 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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