Spartan 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hopes You Won't Scare Easily, Begs for Restoration

1968 witnessed the debut of the 2-door Road Runner, a model that came to be after Plymouth agreed to pay $50,000 to Warner Bros. to use the already famous cartoon name.
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Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/eBay seller 4mobility
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The car was based on the Belvedere, but its focus was delivering increased performance without paying particular attention to other details.

The first models launched without equipment that many buyers would have otherwise considered essential. A carpet was available for $79.20 extra and didn't come standard.

It didn't mean the Road Runner wasn't an appeal model. Plymouth eventually sold over 44,500 units, out of which 29,240 examples rolled off the assembly lines as coupes.

A 1968 Road Runner is now struggling to convince someone to give it a second chance after years of sitting in the owner's yard waiting for a restoration. eBay seller 4mobility says they have too many projects, so they must let this Road Runner go.

Unfortunately, they only provide limited information about the car, so we'll have to rely on the provided photos to decrypt the rest.

The sitting years have caused the unsurprising rust, though the floors still look good, with occasional surface damage. The trunk pan is much worse, and you should check everything in person to see if you'll need patches or new panels.

Despite the vehicle lacking so much information, it's already clear it's missing most parts. The interior is no more, but the most disappointing part is probably the lack of an engine.

The Road Runner was born specifically to deliver a boost of adrenaline at a time when the industry was already migrating to economic choices. The first-generation Road Runner came standard with a 383 V8 developing 335 horsepower. A 440 V8 was also available, but customers who agreed to pay $714 more could get the 426 Hemi with 425 horsepower.

The Road Runner posted on eBay likely served as a donor for other projects, so bringing this car back to factory specifications will be insanely difficult. On the other hand, it serves as a good starting point for a restomod, especially because it still has solid bones, and a Hemi would restore the performance appetite that Plymouth had in mind in 1968 when it brought the Road Runner to the market.

The owner expects to get $5,500 for the car, but while the listing has already received some attention, convincing someone to pay that much on a car with rust problems and so many missing parts will be difficult, if not impossible.

If you want to see this Road Runner in person, you'll find it in High Ridge, Missouri, and you must bring a trailer if you're committed to giving it a second chance. The car sells with a clean title.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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