Barry B 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2dr Hardtop Coupe

The One That Got Away

We all have our stories about "the one that got away". Mine began in March, 1969 when my parents helped me buy a Sunfire Yellow, black on black Road Runner. Two and one half years later, married with a baby on the way, my Road Runner was traded for a more appropriate family car. I longed for another until August, 2013 when I purchased a "plain Jane" on line from Coyote Classics, a fine dealership that I would encourage anyone to do business with.

This numbers matching, pretty much original car was a "survivor" needing forty four years of "deferred" maintenance, which I gave to her. The process has taken almost a year. I finally drove my baby away from the body shop, where it went through a complete restoration, leaving nothing to chance, last Wednesday, July 2nd. Thanks to the good folks at Legendary Interior, Classic Industries, Year One, PG Classics and a healthy helping from eBay, I was able to amass the needed replacement parts.

My most memorable moment was when Robert, the president of my car club, South Bay Mopars, approached my car at "Coffee and Cars", a once per month classic car show in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. I overheard Robert say "wow, a B Body...I can invite its owner to join the club". Robert saw me standing behind him and asked me, "Barry, is this your car?"

Final note:

Robert, then with Affordable Classics in Torrance, and his team were first to actually work on my car when I first got it almost one year ago. That he didn't recognize it made me feel very special about the quality of the restoration.

I plan to drive the car to work a few times per week, since I live within five miles. That's it for now, but I'll be back with more updates down the road!

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