By: the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. Long-time Elvis fans and Road Runner hardtop coupe admirers share one important experience: Both groups have had to witness the object of their veneration grow from spare and hunky to showy and chunky. Plymouth introduced the Road Runner for as a stripped-down, low-price alternative to its fancier but weaker-selling GTX. Its standard powerplant was a cid V-8 engine that produced bhp with help from the V-8's freer-flowing cylinder heads, valvetrain, and manifolds. For even more punch, the stout cid "Hemi" V-8 was available. Rated at a nominal bhp, its actual output was well over bhp.
Looking back through the Unique Cars classifieds For some fans of American muscle cars, the early s marked the last of the truly great cars of the genre and the start of a long slippery slope that saw the whole idea watered down until it was unrecognisable. If ever a car exemplified the period, it was the Plymouth Road Runner, a spectacular nameplate that died out with this, the second generation, running in various guises from to The solution? Grab your midrange B-body, strip out the luxuries along with the attendant weight , give it some decent grunt.
The year brought significant change to the American muscle car, with a number of model redesigns appearing. At the time, few foresaw how close to the end of this era the Big Three manufacturers were. In fact, the model run was also the end of the high-performance equipment as originally optioned on this beautiful Six Barrel Road Runner. This was the direct result of ongoing aerodynamic testing that Chrysler had been involved in, and it proved apt on the NASCAR circuit, where this design took Richard Petty to 21 event crowns and the first-ever Winston Cup title that season.
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