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1969 Plymouth Road Runner - Junkyard Crawl

Road Runner Blues

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

Spotting a Plymouth Road Runner-or any blue-chip muscle machine-in the junkyard is sad and exciting at the same time. The sad part is realizing that a once-proud tire burner is a step closer to the crusher. The exciting part is the simple thrill of discovering a diamond in the dust. Either way, hope springs eternal that some savvy hunter-never us-will end up catching the prey and saving it for restoration before things get too far out of control. Unfortunately, for the '69 383 Road Runner coupe shown here at Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix (dvap.com; 800/905-8024), any hope of resurrection is highly unlikely. But we can still dive in for a last look.

Groovy Factoids
• In 1969 Motor Trend magazine awarded its Car of the Year award to the Plymouth Road Runner, saying, "The basic concept of simplicity and low price is what makes it a winner."
• The special Road Runner beep-beep horn was painted black in 1968, then light purple in 1969.

By Steve Magnante
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49 comments
Joe Krahn
Joe Krahn

I love that car most classiest car on the street!

Chip Wilson
Chip Wilson

Sometimes, ya just gotta put em' out of their misery... :(

David Reimer
David Reimer

He wants 4k for a vin and a roof line. Some people are freeken mental!

Eric O'Hare
Eric O'Hare

It looks like that is sitting in the desert valley auto parts yard in phoenix just off highway 17.

David Wood
David Wood

Looks like a Camaro I have that's been passed to me...

Justin Patch
Justin Patch

I have seen the dedicated bring them back from worse, like has been said as long as it has a vin# it has value. If it came with a title I give at least a Grand for it the way it sits.

Galen James
Galen James

My dad had one, the person he sold it to, totaled it out the night he bought it. What a shame.

Scott Liggett
Scott Liggett

It gave it's parts to save other Road Runners. Not a bad way. Complete cars getting crushed is a sad story.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

I Jason Personally Challenge YEAR ONE TO BUY THIS CAR AND RESTORE IT OR CLONE IT and I also WANT TO SEE A FULL BLOWN SHOW OF IT TOOO ;)

James Vickers
James Vickers

Good thing it can be utilized for every part like rust rotted cowl or roof etc didnt die as entire car in a crusher

Shawn Tarleton
Shawn Tarleton

It looks like it was parted out, to save other cars. Graveyard cars sucks! All he does is put his guys down. Plus all the Hemi hype is cooling off.

David V. Hustead Jr.
David V. Hustead Jr.

Paging Graveyard cars and AMD. It is still worth fixing than 90% of the cars built in the last 20 years. You will never see a hybrid this cut up get a response like these cars.

Jeffrey Campbell
Jeffrey Campbell

Not crushed yet! They know real value. Sell every little scrap and crush the imports!

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