An expired registration was all it took for this 1971 Plymouth Road Runner here on eBay to end up in the barn. Fortunately, the barn provided the shelter necessary for keeping this Mopar preserved from the elements, surviving in near-original condition with its only current ailments (besides not running) being a rusty trunk floor and non-stock chrome air cleaner. The car also comes equipped with desirable options like front and rear spoilers, which remain with the vehicle to this day.
The interior has also survived in good condition, with some minor tearing of the seat fabric and cracking of the dash as the only obvious issues with the insides. For this Road Runner to remain in near-stock condition for all of these years, the original owner that the seller purchased the car from must have been one of those types that buys a car for life. I’ll bet there’s a little notebook with each fill-up noted and average fuel consumption recorded. It should be noted there is some bubbling underneath the vinyl top, which could reveal more rust.
Even though the air cleaner isn’t stock, the original is in the trunk. That’s how it goes with this car, and from a project standpoint, it’s hard to fault. Even the build sheet is still with the car. The 383 makes good power and the TorqueFlite automatic is a willing accomplice for moving this Mopar down the road. The 71’s actually didn’t sell all that well, which may have been partly due to the design – apparently, the wider rear track and improved handling wasn’t enough for some people.
It’s amazing the lengths sellers will go to keep the dust intact on the exterior. I’m guilty of doing this with my own project car / farm find, which still wears its grime proudly. In this case, the seller has likely owned this car for all of a hot minute before flipping it onto eBay; but hey, that’s what all the cool Mopar owners seem to be doing these days. If I were in the market for a Road Runner, this looks like a great candidate for a mechanical restoration and some rust repair – that’s it!