Plymouth’s Road Runner was in its fifth year of production when the car shown here was built, and it was a year that proved very exciting for fans of the breed.
With the aero-cars defanged with small displacements, the new, carefully styled body on the Road Runner and the similar Dodge Charger proved to be quite
successful on NASCAR’s super speedways, and Richard Petty drove a 1971 Road Runner to a World Championship in ‘71, the last one ever by the brand. The
1971 Road Runner here is a previous award winner at “Mopars at the Strip” and has benefited from a rotisserie restoration.
Refinished in its original color of Hemi Orange, this is a car that made the best of what was a challenging sales environment for all muscle cars that year.
Featuring the N96 Air Grabber hood, this Road Runner hosts the correct 383/300 HP engine, showing a mild drop in the HP rating due to compression ratio
changes. As can be seen, the Air Grabber option meant getting the unique round air cleaner and base plate on this single 4-barrel design, which directed fresh
air to the 4-barrel carburetor from the toothy-door hood scoop. This engine, which features Chrysler electronic ignition and cast exhaust manifolds, is backed
by the HD 4-speed transmission and the Code A31 3.91 Sure-Grip Performance Axle package.
The exterior and interior are astonishingly well blended, with two-tone orange and black appointments inside as well. This includes front bucket seats with a
center fold down armrest, a Pistol Grip shifter, rear defogger, R11 Solid State AM radio, Rally dash with tachometer, and Road Runner steering wheel center.
Outside is the performance hood treatment, V8X transverse stripes, wheel and drip rail brightwork, chrome exhaust tips, 383 fender decal callouts, dual
exterior mirrors with driver’s remote, and the added front chin and “Go Wing” pedestal-mount decklid spoiler. The final touches are the premium-level Rally
wheels with Goodyear Polyglas raised white-letter tires. Nicely restored with desirable optional equipment, this classic 1971 Road Runner was likely the
realized dream of its first buyer and is a stylish icon of that era to this day.