Road Runners were popular when they were new, thanks to big performance in an affordable, lightweight, attractive package. They're just as popular today, and have quickly become some of our best sellers. Rarely do we get a Beeper here that doesn't sell before we've even had a chance to park it in the showroom. Stock, modified, in all colors, 383s, 440s, whatever - they all sell and sell fast. Did you see the Sublime Green one with the 451 cubic inch stroker motor that sold instantly when someone happened to walk by and see it in the photo booth during our Cruise-In two weeks ago? How about the rare Citron Mist one that sold about three hours after it hit our website? Or the Vitamin C orange one, or the - well, you get the idea.
Now we are rolling out one that tops them all: this killer West Coast Plum Crazy 1970 Road Runner packs its original, numbers-matching 383, a 4-speed manual, and a fresh restoration, all at a VERY attractive price. Let's look a little closer, shall we?
First, of course, we'll decode the all-important fender tag, and this one is loaded with highly desirable options:
Plymouth Belvedere, Satellite
Medium, Road Runner
N0E: 383 335HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL
Los Angeles, CA, USA
125260: Sequence number
E63: 383 cubic inch 4-barrel V8 High Performance
D21: 4 Speed Manual Transmission
FC7: Plum Crazy Metallic / In-Violet Metallic Exterior Color
P6XW: Trim - Premium, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Black/White
EW1: White / Alpine White Int. Door Frames
C10: Build Date: December 10
051287: Order number
FC7: Plum Crazy Metallic / In-Violet Metallic Top Color
A31: High Performance Axle Package w/3.91 Ratio
B51: Power Brakes
C16: Console w/Woodgrain Panel
C55: Bucket Seats
J25: 3-Speed Wipers
M21: Roof drip rail moldings
N41: Dual Exhaust
N42: Chrome Exhaust Tips
N96: Fresh Air Hood
R22: AM Radio with 8 Track (10 Watts)
V8W: Transverse Stripes, White
26: 26 inch Radiator
END: End of Sales Codes
I have photos of this car disassembled down to a bare shell sitting on a body cart, clearly fresh out of the body shop and looking gorgeous in fresh 2-stage Plum Crazy paint. Having spent its entire life in California, the dry body was clearly the recipient of a bare-metal re-spray. The metal work was done to a high standard, including fresh floors and quarters that fit and look every bit as good as factory steel (does anyone still freak out over replacement bodywork? If it's well done, it doesn't hurt values). Panel gaps are acceptable all around, and the body is very straight from nose to tail. Those enormous quarters got a lot of block sanding before the paint was sprayed and it shows. Then it was all assembled with a good deal of care, and heck, even as a bare shell, it looks awesome in the sunlight.
Trim and other shiny bits have all been restored or replaced with excellent reproduction items, and almost all of it looks better than showroom new. There's a correct white tape stripe out back, along with the requisite Road Runner cartoon bird, and I'm glad this car doesn't have the ”dust trails” along the sides, which I've never much cared for - a little of the cartoony stuff is fine, but let's not over-do it, OK guys? Door handles, mirrors, badges, it's all very nice and you'll be proud to show this car.
Rumbling under the hood is the factory-original 383 cubic inch “Coyote Duster” V8. The first thing you'll notice is the unusual air cleaner, which is 100% correct for a 4-barrel car with the Air Grabber hood. The engine has been rebuilt by RPM Machine in California and runs very well. It starts easily, idles well, and pulls through the gears like a big block should. While they were at it, they dunked the engine in a coat of Hemi Orange paint, installed correct hoses and clamps, and filled the engine bay with authentic clips, fasteners, and other details. We just installed a correct red cap battery, and up front the original restored 26-inch radiator keeps it cool. Both the power brake and power steering systems have been rebuilt and function as new. New decals were used where appropriate, and of course, a “beep-beep” horn on the radiator cradle. And before you ask, yes, the Air Grabber system is fully functional.
Underneath, you'll find a correct 4-speed manual transmission driving a corporate 8.75-inch rear packing as-specified 3.91 gears for blistering acceleration. We remove the original 3.91 gear-set and replaced them with a brand new 3.23 gear-set, to allow for some low stress highway cruising. If you would rather have the 3.91 gear-set in the car, we would be happy to swap them for you. Either way, both gear-sets come with the car.
The floors have been finished like the rest of the body - way nicer than the factory did it, but always cool to see when you peek under there. Everything is super-sanitary, including the new exhaust system with correct chrome tips, correctly rebuilt suspension and brakes, and the fresh gas tank out back. Wheels are 15-inch Rallyes with fat BFGoodrich Radial T/As that stuff the wheel wells perfectly. We also have a brand new set of reproduction Polyglas tires that we can install on the car at no charge-buyer's choice.
The white interior is so sparkling new that you're almost afraid to sit in it without a clean suit or something. I mean, this is one dazzling passenger compartment, with fresh materials everywhere you look. The seat covers are, of course, from the craftsmen at Legendary, along with the rear bench seat, headliner, sail panels, and window sweeps. Carpets are also new and correct. The gauges are all rebuilt and fully functional, including the Tic-Toc-Tach (you can even see the second hand sweeping in the photos). The interesting and unusual AM/8-track stereo radio was rebuilt, along with freshly rebuilt OEM speakers from Classic Car Radio Service. The Hurst shifter was re-chromed and a new pistol grip handle was installed. The console plates feature new wood grained decals as original, and there are fresh Road Runner logo floor mats.
There's also a lot of documentation with this car, including a Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet and a thick stack of receipts for the entire restoration. There are also several restoration photos showing the car fresh out of the body shop just prior to reassembly.
To be honest, I don't know why this car isn't priced $10,000 higher than it is. It's fully restored, with a numbers-matching engine, in a popular color, with a ton of desirable options. There are no stories on this car, no hidden issues, and the workmanship is professional throughout. Like I said in the beginning, Road Runners are extremely popular cars, and at this price, I doubt this one will be here for long. Look again at the photos, then give us a call to talk about putting this Plum Crazy Beeper into your garage. The hard part is done, all you need to do is start having fun with it.
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