1971 Plymouth Road Runner
Please note that the wheels pictured on the car are the stock wheels as per the consignor.
1971 Plymouth Road Runner Walk Around and Ride Along Video
Plymouth completely redesigned the successful Road Runner series for 1971 with a handsome “fuselage” theme. The coupes and hardtops were now quite different from the more conventional sedans and wagons. The Road Runner featured a low recessed grille surrounded by a chrome loop bumper, flared fenders, and a high trunk. 1971 Plymouth Road Runners could be recognized by the “ladder stripe” running down the C-pillars.
The new Road Runner Hardtop was shorter, but the wheelbase was longer. Performance was being eroded by insurance rates and emissions issues, and this would be the final year for the high-powered engines with the large 383 cu-in with a four-barrel carburetor featuring as the standard engine option. The standard transmission was a heavy-duty three-speed manual, though a four-speed, as this example features, could be added for $206. Finally, Plymouth offered the Road Runner in 18 “high impact” colors including the iconic In-Violet Metallic that this well-restored example features.
Recently completed (August 2023) restoration by High-Octane Restorations
Originally equipped as a 383 cu-in four-barrel carbureted V8, now featuring a 383 cu-in four-barrel carbureted V8 from a 1969 Plymouth
The engine restoration includes:
A new timing chain
A purple shaft cam and new lifters
Long tube header exhaust with a 2 ½ inch mandrel bent set of duals with turndowns at the rear
Flowmaster “Super” 44 Series mufflers offer a deep, rich tone
Equipped with a pistol grip shifted four-speed manual transmission that has been freshened up as well with a new Hayes clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing
The shift linkage, brackets, shifter boot, and pistol grip shifter are all brand new
Restored in In-Violet Metallic over a Black upholstered interior with optional front bucket seats
Subtly customized during restoration with shaved marker lights for a more modern look
The driveshaft was inspected and balanced with new U joints
The rear has a freshly rebuilt 8 ¾ third member with a sure-grip 3:55 gears and new wheel bearings
The brakes have been upgraded to front power discs and 11 inch rear drum brakes at the rear
Many new components were installed during restoration including wheel cylinders, brake pads and shoes, rubber lines, proportioning valve, and calipers
Recessed door handles
Ventless side glass for a smooth look
Concave front grille
“High level” ventilation
Keyless (push button) door locking
Heavy duty suspension
Color-keyed deep pile carpeting
Rallye instrument cluster
Supplementary “Pro Tach” tachometer
Road Runner trim and ornamentation
This Plymouth Road Runner is presented as a well-restored and lightly modified example and is said to be free from any substantial imperfections
Trunk-mounted spare tire and jack
Restoration and maintenance paperwork
Originally built as a 383 cu-in four-barrel example, this 1971 Plymouth Road Runner features a recent restoration completed in August 2023 by High-Octane Restorations of Savannah, Georgia.
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