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Dusty Muscle: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

It isn’t clear just how long this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner has been sitting in this barn, but the heavy layer of dust would suggest that it has been a long time. It will need a complete restoration, so the owner has decided that the time has come to move this classic on to a buyer who can do the car justice. Located in Wathena, Kansas, the Plymouth has been listed for sale here on Facebook. The sale price has been set at $12,500.

This Sunfire Yellow Road Runner proves that there are still great classics hidden away in barns and sheds across the country. The owner doesn’t provide us with a wealth of information, and the photos also don’t tell us much. As a starting point, we can see a few missing parts, including a front fender, front bumper, and grille. It looks like there is the usual rust that we might expect in the lower rear quarter panels, but it is hard to determine the state of the rockers or the prone area around the rear window. The owner provides no information on the state of the floors or the frame rails, so we are flying in the dark with this one. Having said that, all of the parts required to ensure that the Road Runner is structurally sound are both readily available and affordable. It looks like the Plymouth was ordered with tinted glass, and what can be seen of it indicates that it is in decent condition.

It isn’t clear whether the Road Runner is numbers-matching, but it does come with a 383ci V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and power steering. In its heyday, this would have been enough to fire this 335hp classic through the ¼ mile in 14.5 seconds. It isn’t clear when the car last ran or whether the engine even turns freely. Obviously, a few components are missing under the hood, but at least a cover has been placed over the intake to stop foreign objects from finding their way into the engine. Given what has been removed, it does make me wonder whether someone might have been planning to pull the V8 at some point, but the process has stalled for some reason.

The condition of the Plymouth’s interior is in keeping with the rest of the vehicle, and the covering of dust indicates that it has been sitting with the driver’s window down for a very long time. There is a tach mounted on the steering column, but I can’t spot any other additions. The dash is unmolested, and the factory 2-watt AM radio is still in place. The dash is the surprise packet for me. It looks like it is in good order, and I can’t spot any cracks in the pad. The seats will need new covers, but the rest of the trim is a great unknown. One thing is for sure: there will be a lot of cleaning ahead for the buyer before they can determine what will require replacement.

There are classic cars that appear here at Barn Finds that spark some genuine interest in me. When I look at this ’69 Road Runner, I want to get away from my computer and get good and dirty inspecting this beauty. I hope that there is someone out there who not only feels as I do but is willing to act on that feeling. This classic doesn’t deserve to be left sitting in this state, and I hope that it is given a chance to be returned to its potent best. The Road Runner is a wild animal, and wild animals should be allowed to run free.


  1. Avatar photo Troy s

    Another Road Runner!!! I dont know, but that dang Coyote better get some real speed!

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  2. Avatar photo Mike Roberts

    He won’t need speed to catch this Roadrunner. He could catch it standing still.

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  3. Avatar photo Autoworker

    My brother bought a new ‘69 sunfire yellow Roadrunner for $3500.00. 383 4 speed with a brown top and interior. Beep beep!

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  4. Avatar photo DON

    I dont about the drier climate states, but on the East Coast, the “custom” lower black paint meant one thing Bondo !!

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  5. Avatar photo Paolo

    I want to like it. It might have some potential. If it were localish (West Coast) I would be go and take a look. Too far and too iffy just to satisfy my curiosity.
    I am always amazed how poorly folks will stash a vehicle that they don’t even roll up the windows or otherwise protect all those nice delicate and tender interior parts. They just consign the interior to the fates. Otherwise known as the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, they are Dirt, Mold, Weather and Critters. You can imagine how well they have attended to the other aspects of (chuckle) “long term storage.”
    Not much information to derive from the ad (as usual). The photos are Stygian and abysmal. We are left to speculate and discuss amongst ourselves. This is, of course, exactly what the stake holders of Barn Finds want us to do. Oh, they are such tricky and clever puppet-masters. We are on to their little game, are we not? Someday and soon, the worm will turn. The tide will turn. The shoe will be on the other foot. The hat will be on the other head. Beware.

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  6. Avatar photo Tony

    Looked at this car in person back in 1996 or so. Looked the same back then. Although back then there was a Limelight/white/white 70 GTX 440-4 4speed car sitting next to it. Neither was for sale, and far better cars were still scattered about the countryside back then so I never pursued it.

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