Nicest Left? 1973 Plymouth Road Runner

What is hiding under the covers here is a 1973 Plymouth Road Runner that the owner believes is one of the nicest examples in existence today. Certainly, the photos tend to paint a picture of a car that is pretty special, and the documentation that is included with the car is also pretty astounding. If this sounds like a car that you would love to get your hands on, you will find the Road Runner located in Crowley, Texas, and listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN of $37,000, but the option is available to make an offer.

Talk about a paint job with serious depth. The Black paint on the Road Runner looks to be about as close to perfect as you are ever likely to find. There is some confusion here though. In one part of the listing, the owner refers to it as being original, while later on, he mentions that there has been a repaint in PPG clear-over-base. Regardless of which is actually correct, he does state that all of the steel in the car is original, with no previous accident damage or rust repairs. He does provide a number of shots of the car’s underside, and it appears to be as clean and solid as you could ever hope to want in a classic car. The white strobe stripes are in great condition, and the exterior trim, chrome, and badges are all perfect. It’s pretty hard to fault the car’s exterior presentation because the panels don’t show a single ripple or wave anywhere. At the bottom of this article is a video which provides a walk-around, and you get a real idea of just how good the Road Runner actually is.

The Road Runner’s interior presentation is just as impressive as the exterior, which means that spotting flaws is close to impossible. The black-on-black combination is always going to make an impression, and this is a car that doesn’t disappoint in that respect. The only non-original item that I can spot is an aftermarket stereo, but I don’t think that the dash has been cut to fit this. As well as being immaculately presented, the interior does have some great features. These include the console with the woodgrain panel and that fantastic looking pistol-grip shifter.

Lifting the hood of the Plymouth certainly doesn’t disappoint, because as with every other aspect of the car, the presentation is spotless. What you get is a car with a numbers-matching 340ci V8, producing 240hp. The original 4-speed manual transmission then sends the engine’s power to an 8¾” Sure Grip rear end equipped with 2.55 gears. In addition, you also receive power steering and power front disc brakes. The engine is currently wearing an Edelbrock 600 carburetor with an automatic choke to improve the car’s driveability, but the original carburetor, which has been freshly rebuilt, is also included in the sale. The owner says that the Road Runner runs and drives perfectly. Earlier I mentioned the sheer quantity of documentation that will be included with the car, and the list is certainly impressive. It includes the Broadcast Sheet, Window Sticker, original Invoice, original plates and dealer frames, titles from the two previous owners, oil change history from new, and all receipts for maintenance performed. That should cover just about everything.

I don’t know about you, but from what we can ascertain in the photos that the owner has supplied, his claim that this might be one of the best 1973 Road Runners in existence might well be right. He certainly isn’t shy about the car and appears to welcome personal inspections. In fact, he actually says that the car presents even better in person than it does in the photos. If that is true, then it could be a really great investment.

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Comments

  1. Stevieg

    Definitely not a cheap date! Nice car, great drive train, excellent condition, but probably the most expensive 1973 Road Runner I ever saw. Paint job reminds me of a skunk lol. A pretty skunk, but a skunk none the less.

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    • Del

      Chrysler had a hard time unloading 73 Road Runners.

      Muscle car market had pretty much died.

      Nice example but not most desireable year.

      Price may be a problem

      Like 6
  2. Mr.BZ

    If it actually runs and drives as good as it looks, 37k doesn’t seem out of today’s norm for a 73 with a 340/4spd. Granted, too rich for my blood, but so is almost every classic Mopar these days. And yeah, Stevieg, this one could have been the Pepe le Pew!!

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    • Angrymike

      My first real car was a 73 340 auto Road Runner, I have always loved them, but $37,000 is quite a load of money. I ran consistent 15.6 with a Holley on it, it wasn’t a hemi, but was perfect for a 17 year old kid.

      Like 8
      • Don Diego

        Is that 15.6 mpg, or 15.6 sec in the 1/4

        Like 7
      • Dave

        Don, sounds right on both counts.

        Like 3
  3. Zack

    I don’t see why people will pay that kind of money for something to watch sit in a garage under a cover. That car will never go for a drive and what’s the point of having a old car that you don’t drive because your afraid of scratching it

    Like 24
    • jo6pac

      I agree drive it and enjoy.

      Like 10
    • pugsy

      Why wouldn’t one drive it?
      They drive 70,000 dollar cars off the lot every day.

      Like 2
  4. Mike

    Putting it up on a hoist to make sure nobody is able to touch it? Isn’t that a little extreme?

    Like 6
    • pugsy

      Really? Is that why it’s on the hoist?

      Like 1
  5. Doc

    Headliner looks like it needs attention, negotiating point?

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  6. Steve R

    I like the engine and transmission combination. The problem is, it’s a few years too new to command that hefty price.

    Steve R

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  7. Troy s

    It’s not the most desirable year for a Road Runner but sure looks nice….so nice I doubt it will see much of that Coyote!
    340 seems a step down in performance for a Road Runner but maybe the insurance backed off on their ridiculous premiums back then.

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    • WH

      Well considering that many came with the 318 a 340 would be an upgrade. Easy enough to add some go fast goodies. My 73 Challenger had the 340 4spd combo and was pretty quick. Who needs a super horsepower BB or Hemi under the hood if you want to drive it regularly? I worked at a Chrysler dealership back then and drove my Dodge to work quite often.

      Like 5
  8. RoughDiamond

    I think letting someone touch the car is better than leaving it hanging up in the air. I know some of the new service racks support the vehicles 100%. However, regarding one of these older service racks, I cannot help but believe that with the forces of gravity constantly pulling on the unsupported front and rear of the car that it cannot be good for it.

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  9. JoeNYWF64

    That steerin wheel might block some of the gages – the std thinner one or tuff wheel might not block em.

    Like 2
  10. Fred Fleming

    Say one just like the photo in a garage in Brooklyn Ohio this past summer.

  11. Jwinters

    2.55 gear ratio. dear lord

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    • Dave

      Good for top end runs. I wonder how far up that 150 mph speedo she’ll get.

      Like 3
    • JoeNYWF64

      Ad said 3:55 – typo here.

  12. glenn

    Nice car. Not a great car. World record money wanted. Nope. Not much interest in these. $25K

  13. Comet

    Nice car. Is it restored? Refreshed? Repainted? Original? 37K would definitely necessitate an in-person once over.

    Like 1
  14. Rob Hanna

    I think the rear end ratio is a typo. Lowest rear gear available was 2.73. I think it is the 3.55 rear end that was part of the performance pkge when the Hurst 4-speed was ordered. The 1973 RR sold well (considering the times) with just over 17,000 being sold. A good portion; around 6000 of them only had the base 318 (170 hp), but having driven one, (with a factory “mistake” Husrt 4-speed tranny installed) the car moved along ok. Alot were built with the 340 installed. Never drove one but it was a good engine.

  15. TDM Member

    It’s the original paint with clear coat on top to protect that paint. That’s what rodded do. Seen it, done. Beats sanding it all the way down. Looks like Starsky&Hutch crossed over to the dark side. Last of the pistol grips.

  16. bruce baker

    If this car was red, & white, People here would be talking “Ford tomato” instead of Plymouth “skunk”. This car would of looked nice on TV in a Auction or TV Show.
    Question : Why does ebay allow sellers to cancel a winning green bid/order that has no BIN? I have won 126 ebay auctions for a $100oo or less. Three of these were canceled with weak or no explanations. Still hoping i get reimbursed on this last one yesterday.

  17. Stevieg

    When I referred to it as a skunk, I really didn’t mean anything derogatory. I just wanted to make that clear. I like the car & the body & paint appear absolutely gorgeous on these pictures. Just the paint scheme reminds me of Pepe Le Pew. Let’s face it, he is a beloved cartoon character that we can all relate too lol.

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    • bruce baker

      OK, i agree. I was getting at how white stripes can make a Plymouth look like a famous Ford or visesa versa. I wonder who was first ? The Torino/tomato or this cars white stripe ? My neighbor had a brand new red Ford Torino that got cloned to match the TV shows car years later with those cool rims, louder exhaust, & white stripes.

  18. Harold

    Over the years I have run across several guys who stored their cars on a lift. I was always told they did that to not waste so much floor space, to keep it from being accidently bumped into or scratched and because it took the weight of the car off parts of the suspension so the suspension wouldn’t get tired supporting all that weight over time.

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