Looks Fast: 1976 Plymouth Road Runner

1976 Plymouth Road Runner

Let’s get one thing straight – that paint is not original. Normally that would exclude most cars from this site, but this is so eye catching that I thought we’d let it slide. At least the color is factory correct and there’s documentation to back up the 91k mile claim. Most people would pass right by a Plymouth Volare, but when you slap some stickers and a Road Runner emblem on it, everyone stops and stares. This one might actually be fun to drive too because there’s a 318 under the hood and a four on the floor! I personally think it make for an entertaining daily driver, but the current level of bidding here on eBay might keep it from being seen on the street much. Oh well. Beep! Beep!

Road Runner interior

Plymouth 318 V8

Road Runner Tail Feather

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Comments

  1. sornord

    We didn’t call these Volar-RAGS for nothing.

  2. Ed P

    If this car was originally equipped with a 4 sp OD manual tranny, why does it have the automatic shift positions on the speedo face?

    • JW454

      At the bottom of the sales ad the seller explains that if you choose to believe it.

      This is a nice looking old car but it’s about as far from the legacy of the Road Runner as a Valiant was back when Road Runners were introduced.

  3. dj

    The ad says the cluster was changed out. But who knows what’s correct anymore. Without seeing the build sheet, you’re just going on his word.

  4. Howard A Member

    I agree, the speedo is a little funky, but this is the real deal. Apparently, the 4 speed was only offered with the 225 six or the 318 2 bbl. ( a 360 was offered, but only with an automatic) That hump in the floor by the shifter tells all, as automatic cars didn’t have that. Pretty rare car, despite the poor build quality of the Volare/Aspen, but a cool car, none the less. The handwriting was on the wall for muscle cars then, and these were some of the last ones.

  5. pontiactivist

    I remember one of these rotting away in a driveway outside of wrightsville pa. Old man wanted way too much for it. Was hoping for 60’s road runner prices twenty years ago. Was barely a 300 parts car then. And it ran. Lol. Wouldn’t mind a nice one now a days. It’s funny how some cars just seem to grow on me after years.

  6. Steve

    Back in the 70’s Mopar sold a “kit car”, basically a full-on tube frame racing chassis skinned with a current model year body. Very rare, THAT is the F-body to find!

    Pic: http://www.race-cardrivers.com/Images/dodd%20800%20x%20600.jpg

  7. Tom

    Cars of that time had cool paint and wheels but no power. What was the HP 1976 318 2 barrel, 125?

    • BigBlock

      The 2 barrel was 150 but that’s with the smog carb…these run 14-15 second 1/4 mile…318 4bbl,3.21 gear…I had one bone stock..ran consistant high 14’s with the automatic.

    • Ed P

      My info says 150 hp for 1976, but does not specify 2 or 4 bbl. At that time there were several cars with muscle car names available. They were mostly decal packages with little go power.

  8. Moparmann Member

    Front buckets are not original, and the front grille is missing a corner, and no A/C; but do I want it? YES!! YES!! YES!! Too bad that a full gauge insturment cluster was not available on these! :-)

  9. RoughDiamond

    Oh the days of decal wannabe factory muscle cars. Seems the seller is clearing out the least desirable car from his or her collection. Was that 4-speed shifter supposed to be reminiscent of the late 60’s-’70 Hurst Pistol Grip? Anyone who buys this thinking it will appreciate any significant amount is really rolling the dice.

  10. Jason Houston

    One of a very few 1970s cars I would consider adding to a collection.

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