1968 Plymouth Road Runner Garage Find!

Partially disassembled and dust-covered in a Biddeford, Maine garage, this 1968 Plymouth Road Runner awaits a new owner and a chance to once-again terrorize the roads. Thanks to reader “AMXBrian” for spotting this New England muscle car here on craigslist where $10,000 makes it yours. The Road Runner represented Plymouth’s budget brawler, an “all go, no show” performer with cost-saving options like minimal trim, no hardtop option (until mid-year), rubber flooring instead of carpet, and a simple bench seat. A later 440 motivates this original 383 cid four-speed Plymouth.

Most automotive enthusiasts agree that the dusty “as found” look should be reserved for cars like this 1932 Pierce-Arrow V12 LeBaron Coupe we featured in July of 2017. Otherwise simply take some pictures of your long-idled classic covered with nifty animal footprints and pigeon dropping prints, and keep them for yourself. Then take five minutes and bucket-wash it so shows well for potential buyers.

Plymouth did not offer bucket seats or a console on the first-year Road Runner for ’68. This one comes with a new dashboard and a rear seat from a Charger. The seller fairly states that he or she found some rust spots when stripping the carpeting, but overall it looks solid for a 50 year-old car in Maine. Thanks to hemmings.com for some details.

In stock form the 440 cid V8 from 1976 made 200 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque, though doubling the power (or more) can be accomplished with incremental doses of cash. This one ran recently, but few details are offered. The base 383 Road Runner featured some trick selections from the parts bin to achieve 335 HP and 425 lb-ft of torque, and could propel the stripped-down Road Runner through the quarter mile at a trap speed of 100 MPH. The seller states that the car “comes with what I am told is the original 383 w/4 speed.” How would you finish this mixed-bag classic?

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Comments

  1. healeydays

    And it’s gone. Too bad as I was going to drive up there today (1 1/2 hrs from my house).

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  2. Troy s

    Haven’t seen the “direct connection” label in a while as on these valve covers. Figure the 440 has been souped beyond what it had in 1976, which is great news.
    Curious though, who or what publication got a stock 383 Road Runner to go through the traps at 100 miles an hour? Seems kinda high,…for a stocker 335 horse 383.

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  3. -Gerald Stuber

    Manufacturers tended to massage cars going to . magazines for review. Chevelle SS396 delivered up for a comparison with original Shelby Cobra and 2 others may have been the high water mark.

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  4. UK Paul

    Meep meep

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  5. Mark

    It’s a 69

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    • Roy blankenship

      It is a ’68. Google an image of a ’69 trunk lid, there is an indented area not present here. I have owned 3 ’68’s, trust me.

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  6. Woody

    Nice deal here! At least floors and fenders are there. Wish I could find a Plymouth like this in Pennsylvania!

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  7. Del

    Another non-runner scrap heap.

    Seems to be a mix up on the year. 68 or 69 ?

    Never saw craiglist so cannot tell.

    No one in their right mind paid 10 grand for this.

    Is that a line lock on the back ?

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  8. Rob

    That is a 68. I have a 69 and a 68.

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