Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
For consignment and gracing the West Mallway of our Hallowed Halls, a 1973 Plymouth Road Runner GTX showing in its original hue of green with a green interior, (were not the 70's great?). 1 of 749 Road Runner GTX cars built with an automatic transmission makes this car one worth returning to its former glory. Add in a snappy strobe stripe, a bulged hood, machine gun tip exhaust, a literal ton of extra parts, the Broadcast Sheet, window sticker, and a numbers matching drivetrain...who said that the muscle car died in 1971.
Bathed in a respray of the factory, (JF8), Forest Green Metallic which is showing with cracking, fading and overall wear this body is ready for a restoration. This hardtop lost the weird wrap around bumper from the previous year and now has a deeply recessed egg crate style grille which is set off by deeply canted quad headlamps. A twin scoop bulged hood, correctly badged as a GTX 440, rests between the coke bottle style fenders, which have a slight hint of throwback to the 1930's style pontoon fenders. The fuselage's bulbous sides are carried over from the prior year design with a faded back strobe stripe breaking up the sea of green down the sides and up over the rear of the roof. The stripes are showing some cracking and crazing but are still visible. At the rear, the draft horse style hiney hit the gym and lost most of its bulkiness. Smaller and better integrated than the prior year, the taillights sit neatly in the shiny chrome rear bumper and black hard rubber bumperettes are there to keep Big Brother happy. Adorning the right side of the trunk lid is the fabled Road Runner from Warner Brother decal. This decal is faded but a new replacement is included. 15" Mopar rally wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wrapped in staggered width radial rubber. The body shows signs of invasive rust on nearly every panel save for the hood, trunk lid and roof. The driver's side rear quarter panel also has received an unfortunate boo-boo in the past and shows as, well....crunched. But to the rescue are another pair of fenders only needing minor work, both outer wheel houses for the rear, a left rear quarter panel section and wheel trim molding for the left and right along with 2 cans of Forest Green base coat paint.
Matching up with the window sticker, green vinyl and plastic door panels have a chrome window crank, door release, and a mirror joystick to break up the expanse of green. Inside sleek styled with integrated headrests, buttoned green vinyl buckets present in aged and used condition with tearing and seam separation noted on both seats. Fronting these chairs, is the original molded plastic to look like a wood covered dash front. On top is padded green textured vinyl with one small crack. The gauges have been "molded into" the wood and are all clean and functioning and are fronted by the original 3 spoke Mopar Tuff Wheel with satin silver spokes and a black pad in the center. More green as the dash extends over to the passenger side with an ash receptacle and lighter, and a glove box. Newer green carpeting floods the floors for the front and rear, and just above the rear is a rear bench with buttons which match the buckets up front. A center console in green molded plastic surfs through the front buckets and has some wood appliqu in it and a T-handled slap stick shifter. Above, a worn and torn green cloth headliner begs for replacement.
Under the hood in an unrestored engine bay we see a Chrysler blue painted block in numbers matching 440ci format. On top is the correct 4bbl carburetor and intake hidden under the Hemi Orange 440 4-Barrel air cleaner assembly. Bolted to the mill is the numbers matching A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission. Putting the power to the road is an 8 3/4" rear axle assembly weighing in with a 3.23 gear ratio.
Obviously never restored underneath but showing only surface rust on the unibody, suspension, and flooring. Independent torsion bar front suspension, and leaf sprung for the rear, along with power disc brakes upfront, and power drums for the back. A Flowmaster exhaust snakes its way to chrome machine gun tipped rear exits.
A very quick fire up and a low rumble with the idle. Off on the test track she performed with great acceleration, bias free braking, and all simple functions were working just swimmingly. While not the raw horsepower of a big block from a few years prior, but still enough to boil the hides and the sound from the machine gun tips is music to any muscle car lover's ears and I dig the groovy Beep Beep horn.
A mechanically solid muscle car built when the era was coming to a screeching halt thanks in part to regulations, insurance and skyrocketing gas prices....sounds familiar doesn't it? A powerful V8 engine, a very 70's color combo, factory paperwork, tons of extra sheet me
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