This 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible is everything you love
It has serious rarity, drop-top appeal, all the right investments, and the numbers-matching 383 V8 is still under the hood. It’s the restored four-speed muscle machine with a true pedigree.
The Road Runner was a hit when it debuted in 1968, and so Plymouth returned in ’69 with an added convertible. But where the coupe was a budget muscle coupe, the drop-top’s expense started to reach into other models. So while you lust after a car like this today, there were only about 2,100 made in its debut year…that’s it. Chevy and Ford knocked out more of their best-sellers in a few days than Plymouth made Road Runner convertibles all year. So you already know this one has a rarity that will keep it in demand. That’s also why this one has been treated with the right care and investment over the years. The factory-correct Ivy Green paint has been resprayed to show-ready standards. Well-creased sheet metal, beautiful chrome, pliable weather-stripping, and doors that close with confidence are all part of total understanding that this rare bird has received the respect it deserves. And this one is for details loves, including the working turn signal indicator on the fenders, and the touch of red on the performance hood goes well with the redline tires. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Plymouth Road Runner without the Warner Brothers bird making a speedy getaway on each door and rear panel.
The white convertible top looks fantastically distinct against the green. And it has good stitching and a taut fit of quality. But for true distinction, just flip a switch, and it powers down to reveal a full tan interior. It’s an attractive color combo we don’t often see from this era, and so it’s even more impressive that this one carried the full factory-correct presentation. With such a well-done preserved style and plenty of room in the back, this one will have everyone asking to go for a ride. But the priority is always going to be on the driver. You have high-back front bucket seats (updated in 2011,) a center console in-between, factory gauges w/tach, auxiliary readouts, and a Hurst floor shifter. Just like the exterior, they took the time to even get the details right, including the working courtesy lights, matching convertible boot, and the AM radio is still cranking out tunes. And of course, the horn still gives its hallmark BEEP! BEEP!
The engine bay has a clean look and a classic style. At the center is the numbers-matching 383 cubic-inch big block with the Coyote Duster air fresh air grabber on top. And not only is this an actual mileage car (a true rarity over a half-century later) but the motor was also rebuilt only about 3k miles ago. It even stealthy added some worthwhile upgrades like aluminum heads and an upgraded camshaft/lifter kit. The four-speed manual transmission is also the numbers-matching unit, and it was given a new clutch kit in 2009. The result is a terrific muscle car pedigree with the confidence and power to still be enjoyed today. That’s also why you have great driving features like power steering, power brakes, and front discs.
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