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1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Eric Kaminsky - January 29, 2014 04:25 PM

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The Road Runner was in its second year in 1969, with the availability of a convertible model, in addition to the coupe and hardtop. Plymouth promoted it along with its sister makes the GTX, Satellite and Belvedere in this oversized dealer brochure under the tagline, “Look what Plymouth’s up to now.”

In the spread featuring the coupe and convertible in a desert setting, the headline stated: “Pity poor Coyote. Now he’s up against another bird,” a reference to the convertible. The company added, “Frankly, last year’s Road Runner surprised us as much as the Coyote. Happily so. Sales went way out of sight for a first-year car. So we quickly added a hardtop. And now a convertible. Which rounds out the selection to a complete line of cars, three deep.”

Road Runners came standard with the 383 V-8, rated at 325hp and 525 lbs-ft of torque. Plymouth called it the “coyote’s nemesis. So special you can’t get it on any other Plymouth.” Both an automatic or four-speed manual transmission were available. The only optional engine was a 426 Hemi. Beep-Beep!