Vintage Mopar fans, prepare to be blown away. This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Tribute was the product of a meticulous, uncompromising restoration that's left it in stellar condition - as evidenced by its Best in Show finish at the Dallas Autorama for 3 straight years. Rotisserie restored to a level not often found in the Mopar world, this killer B-Body features a thumping 440 V8 with aluminum heads, an upgraded suspension, and an insanely clean, bright red livery that really puts it over the top in the show field. Take a closer look but do so quickly, because dialed-in Mopars that look this good never last long.
Red is the color you choose when you want to get noticed, and what could be more fitting for a Plymouth of this era than the slick red color on this beauty? An incredible amount of prepping and workmanship went into its application (blocked and sanded 8 times before any paint touched the body!), so the shade is in great form, with that special fresh look usually reserved for cars that have just emerged from the paint shop. A sharp, contrasting flat black scoop sits on the big hood and it's fully functional - ushering air to the big block engine waiting inside, and the side scoops in the giant rear fenders accentuate this Mopars muscular curves. Like all the best-looking Road Runners from this era, the decal package tells the story of the power underneath, although the '440' decals are somewhat subdued – letting that laser-straight bodywork and gorgeous paint do all the talking. As you'd expect from a restoration of this caliber, all the finishing touches have been looked after - the blacked-out grille and matching tail panel are crisp, clean rubber trim surrounds all the windows and the body lines are as precise as can be, allowing the doors, hood and decklid to open and shut as smoothly as when this Plymouth first hit the road.
The sporty vinyl interior is a combination of stock and modified, and it's ever bit as dialed-in as the bodywork. Sculpted buckets and a custom console anchor the cabin up front, beautifully upholstered in black vinyl that makes it feel upscale inside. All the soft stuff inside looks and feel almost brand new – from the matching rear bench seat, the flanking door panels, and the taut headliner above. The carpets have been replaced, and the reproduction threads use the correct nap and weave for a factory-correct look that fully insulates the entire cabin. It's got a full complement of gauges inside the wide factory dash, further augmented with a tachometer strapped to the steering column and a set of Equus auxiliary units inside the custom center console. That trick console gets lots of attention, as it also houses a modern JVC head unit powering booming aftermarket speakers, controls for the ice-cold Vintage A/C system, and a chrome and cue-ball B&M shifter that manages the automatic transmission below. The spacious trunk was finished back to stock and features a period-perfect mat and full-size spare mounted correctly in the back hump.
Under the big hood this Plymouth's original 318 is gone, replaced by a fully rebuilt 440 cubic inch V8 augmented with aluminum heads. It was rebuilt about 9000 miles ago and offers a very slick look, from the blacked-out air cleaner and matching Mopar Performance finned valve covers, to the deep black paint on the block itself. There's an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor underneath, and thanks to proper tuning, it starts easily and pulls through the gears like it's trying to escape from something. A 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission was upgraded with a gear-vendor overdrive, making it a 6-speed unit that's an eager travelling partner, always picking the right gear for long cruises and eager to downshift for a punch of acceleration off the line thanks to the 3.91 POSI rear end. The insanely clean underside shows off how everything was sand-blasted and prepped during the rotisserie restoration, and it features an upgraded suspension up front (tubular control arms, fresh shocks and coils, a sway bar, and power steering and power front discs) and heavy duty set-up out back (upgraded air shock, leaf springs, and a sway bar) to make it easy to handle around town. A custom 2.5 inch exhaust with Flowmaster-style mufflers and exhaust cut-outs sounds spectacular, existing through chrome tips underneath the rear bumper. 17-inch chrome wheels are a great choice on this Mopar muscle and they're wrapped in 235/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear radials with plenty of grip
If you're looking for an upper-echelon MoPar ride that's at the top of its game both in terms of looks and running condition, you have to check out this absolutely dialed-in 197 Plymouth Road Runner Tribute. Call today!