EXCLUSIVE: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Survivor!

For the past 27 years, Reader Barry B has cared for this survivor Plymouth Road Runner. It isn’t perfect, but it’s about as close to it as a 50-year-old survivor can be! It’s equipped with its original drivetrain, all original sheet metal and it even is wearing it’s original Burnt Orange paint. Having put just 5k or so miles on it since buying it, Barry has decided it’s time to let someone new enjoy this Mopar! If that person is you, be sure to take a closer look and contact him via the form below.

From Barry – 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Survivor. Original numbers matching 383 4bl engine and 727 torque flight automatic transmission. Original rally rims with new tires. Original black bucket interior with center console. All original sheet metal with original factory-applied Dark Burnt Orange metallic paint. This car originally came from Arizona and I am the third owner and have had it since 1992. The car has always been garage kept, and for the last 27 years has been driven occasionally (around 5,000 miles). I’ve taken great care of this car, a real garage find… The car runs and drives perfectly. This is a solid survivor example, with some signs of being 50 years old here and there. Remember, a car is only original once… Look at the attached photos for overall cosmetic condition. Any questions just ask!

The interior is showing use but is actually in really good shape. It looks original and even still has the correct stereo! It looks like you could jump right into this Mopar and hit the road without any issues. The 383 is said to run great and with 335 horsepower/425 lb-ft of torque on tap, it should be a blast to drive. For those that don’t know much about these cars, the base 383 engine was unique to the Road Runner. It has about 5 more horses than the typical 4-barrel 383 and was achieved by sticking the aggressive 440 Super Commando cam in it and by bumping the compression up.

First-generation Road Runners have always been popular, but they have really taken off over the past few years with collectors. It’s easy to see why though. They were a relatively cheap muscle car when new, so lots of people have fond memories of them. Plus, they are just downright cool. This one is a good color, retains it’s original Roadrunner 383 and is in really great shape throughout. While a 4-speed would add a little value, we think this car’s originality is its real selling point! So, will you be hitting the streets in this Plymouth?

  • Asking Price: $42,500
  • Location: Brookfield, IL
  • Mileage: 105,000
  • Title Status: Clean

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  1. r s

    That is burnt orange??
    No matter, I love the car and hope it fetches a great price. Then the new owner just keeps it nice and drives it like the current owner did.

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  2. JP

    Great Mopar for the right price!

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  3. Mark

    Nice car. My uncle traded his 66 Barracuda for a 70 Road Runner. He had a blue one, and kept it 3 years.

    mBEEP!! mBEEP!!

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  4. Mark

    My uncle traded his 66 Barracuda for a 70 Road Runner. His was blue.

    mBEEP!! mBEEP!!

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  5. rpol35

    Actually, the compression ratio was the same for Magnum vs. non Magnum 383 engine, both were 9.5:1 in 1970. Difference, as stated, is in the cam.

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    • Chris M.

      And just to add, the compression ratio rating was very optimistic from the factory. In the real world 8.5:1 with 290-300 h.p.. Big block Mopars are notorious for being above blueprint deck height. I just completed a 383 rebuild and the deck was cut .012 to achieve factory blueprint deck.

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      • Dave

        For today’s pump gas, lower compression is actually better. Less tendency to ping and knock. What was regular then is premium today.

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  6. Angrymike

    It’s kind of funny, but it seems like the earth colored (brown and green) muscle cars were taken care of more than hemi orange or petty blue cars. I wonder, out of surviver cars what colors are there more of ?!

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    • Moparman

      I think the muted colors were probably older buyers that tended to maintain their cars.

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  7. TimM

    Great looking car and the price is so much better that paying almost half that price for a rust bucket roller!! Get in and drive!!!

    Like 3
  8. TJohnson

    Definitely worth $42,500 in my opinion!

    Like 5
  9. Troy s

    A down right cream puff compared to the typical Dodge/Plymouths we see here. Tough looking car, quick enough for some good times, but there’s no fiddling with it now. Thirty plus years ago the engine would have a blinding chrome dress up kit along with full length headers, maybe a tickity tick idle from the cam swap, loud turbo muffler’s, all that cool stuff. After market wheels no doubt. You know,..before they really took off with collector’s.
    Nice ride!

    Like 7
  10. Jimmy

    Beautiful car, love the color and his price is more than fair for a all original Road Runner.

    Like 3
  11. Greg f

    Had one of these in highschool blue with white interior four speed gas got up to .70 cents a gallon and thought I could not afford it. I sold it for $1800.00 could kick myself now

    Like 4
  12. jimmy the orphan

    My friend Corby bought one of these in 72. It was like new. His was green with black inside. Man it would really go. I hate to admit it but he would always get my 61 fuelie corvette by at least a car length. Hard to beat those automatic’s with that kind a power. wow Anyway great fun miss those days a lot. this car is super! price is fair.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Later…………………………….JIMMY

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  13. John Oliveri

    If I were looking for a Mopar, this is probably the one I’d go with, honest to goodness solid, not been torn apart or filled w vermin, probably would pull the motor for a refresh, I’d say 33,000, cause you gotta clean it up just a bit

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  14. Ed Smith Member

    Wow what a beaut I’m a Chevy man but always loved road runners super bees I would love to buy this over these junk yard under water finds for 20 large just plain stupid only original once just show it off and cruise it as is

    Like 2
  15. stephen nolan

    Very nice car. First two owners used it, putting on 100,000 miles in 22 years. Current owner only drove it 5,000 miles in 27 years. What a waste! Hope the new owner will drive it enough to enjoy it.

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  16. Mikey8

    I doubt very much that this car was found in a barn. It looks like more it was stored in someone’s personal heated garage. Very nice car indeed but I don’t really think it fits the mold for your webpage. Kinda getting away from your origins some.

  17. Del

    Nice Runner.

    Like to see the fender tag and build sheet though too.🎉

    Like 2
  18. George Mattar

    In 1973, I bought a 70 Road Runner just like this, but in FE5 red with black buckets console and 727 Torqueflite. The person writing this story probably wasn’t born yet. Truth be told, the Chrysler 4 speeds of this era were lousy shifting transmissions with that cheap Inland shifter. My car also had N96 Air Grabber. I bought it from the original owner for $1,200. Today, the hood is worth more than Inosid for the entire car. Shoulda kept that one. Beautiful car. 70 is the best looking RR.

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    • Ed P

      Chrysler changed from Hurst to Inland shifters to cut costs. Not a good move.

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