Plymouth Roadrunner Information

1968 Plymouth Roadrunner, photo from factory brochure.
Above: 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, photo from factory brochure.

Introduced in 1968 by the Chrysler Corporation, the Plymouth Road Runner was a muscle car that buyers could actually afford.

Building on the Belvedere platform, Plymouth added a special 383-cu.in. big block engine. Engineers also added high-performance cylinder heads from the 440 Super Commando with improved ports and 2.08/1.74-inch valves with a HP 440 hydraulic-lifter camshaft.

Additional performance improvements included a high-rise cast-iron intake manifold and a Carter AVS four-barrel carburetor and a dual exhaust system. The Roadrunner engine was rated at 335hp and 425-lbs.ft. of torque. The legendary 426 Street Hemi engine was available. The standard transmission was the floor-shifted A-833 four-speed manual with an 11-inch clutch.

The interior was basic and included a bench seat and no carpeting, just rubber floor mats. On the outside the Roadrunner included decals from the famous Warner Brothers cartoon bird. A horn that went “beep-beep” was included. The base price of the Plymouth Roadrunner was $2896.

This section contains a collection of Plymouth Road Runner History, Information, Production information, Resources, Factory Ads and more.

1968:

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, “The Missing Link” Ad features a Petty Blue coupe and the #43 Petty Road Runner.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 2 – Color, “Our new improved Beep-Beep” Ad features a butterscotch 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner.

1969:

1969 Plymouth Roadrunner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, “Motor Trends car of the year” Ad features a silver 1969 Roadrunner hardtop with black stripes.

1969 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 2 – Color, “There’s still only one place to catch it” Ad features a silver 1969 Roadrunner hardtop with black stripes.

1970:

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, “The Loved Bird” Ad features a yellow 440/6BBL Roadrunner hardtop.

1971:

1971 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, “The standard insurance rating is standard” Ad features a red 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner hardtop.

1971 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 2 – Color, Ad from the Plymouth Traveler magazine featuring a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. Note the wrong interior shot.

1972:

1972 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, Canadian “Plymouth’s got the answer” Ad features a red 1972 Road Runner hardtop with black stripes.

1973:

1973 Plymouth Road Runner Factory Advertisement 1 – Color, Canadian Ad “Does your car measure up” Ad features a red 1973 Road Runner with black stripes.