For Sale: 1973 Plymouth Road Runner in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1973 Plymouth Road Runner GTX

A strange thing happened in 1973. Federally mandated 5 mph bumpers up front, (and 2.5 mph bumpers in the rear), were literally changing the face of the American automobile. But over at Mopar, at least in the Plymouth division, the changes required to pass the federal bumper standards were well integrated and actually improved the looks of the intermediate car. The 1971 and 1972 Plymouth B-bodies were fitted with enormous chrome wraparound bumpers that gave the cars a sad-eyed countenance. And not only did the Satellite have a homely face, it also had a big, bulbous rear end. Plymouth's 1973 effort was a conservative approach, dumping the weird wraparound bumper for a much more traditional grille-over-bumper design. Clearly, whatever the stylists did worked, because Plymouth sold more than 120,000 coupes alone in 1973 (in Satellite, Sebring, Sebring Plus and Road Runner trims) - nearly double what it did in 1971.

For consignment and gracing the West Mallway of our Hallowed Halls, a 1973 Plymouth Road Runner GTX showing in its original hue of green with a green interior, (were not the 70's great?). 1 of 749 Road Runner GTX cars built with an automatic transmission makes this car one worth returning to its former glory. Add in a snappy strobe stripe, a bulged hood, machine gun tip exhaust, a literal ton of extra parts, the Broadcast Sheet, window sticker, and a numbers matching drivetrain...who said that the muscle car died in 1971.

Exterior
Bathed in a respray of the factory, (JF8), Forest Green Metallic which is showing with cracking, fading and overall wear this body is ready for a restoration. This hardtop lost the weird wrap around bumper from the previous year and now has a deeply recessed egg crate style grille which is set off by deeply canted quad headlamps. A twin scoop bulged hood, correctly badged as a GTX 440, rests between the coke bottle style fenders, which have a slight hint of throwback to the 1930's style pontoon fenders. The fuselage's bulbous sides are carried over from the prior year design with a faded back strobe stripe breaking up the sea of green down the sides and up over the rear of the roof. The stripes are showing some cracking and crazing but are still visible. At the rear, the draft horse style hiney hit the gym and lost most of its bulkiness. Smaller and better integrated than the prior year, the taillights sit neatly in the shiny chrome rear bumper and black hard rubber bumperettes are there to keep Big Brother happy. Adorning the right side of the trunk lid is the fabled Road Runner from Warner Brother decal. This decal is faded but a new replacement is included. 15" Mopar rally wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wrapped in staggered width radial rubber. The body shows signs of invasive rust on nearly every panel save for the hood, trunk lid and roof. The driver's side rear quarter panel also has received an unfortunate boo-boo in the past and shows as, well....crunched. But to the rescue are another pair of fenders only needing minor work, both outer wheel houses for the rear, a left rear quarter panel section and wheel trim molding for the left and right along with 2 cans of Forest Green base coat paint.

Interior
Matching up with the window sticker, green vinyl and plastic door panels have a chrome window crank, door release, and a mirror joystick to break up the expanse of green. Inside sleek styled with integrated headrests, buttoned green vinyl buckets present in aged and used condition with tearing and seam separation noted on both seats. Fronting these chairs, is the original molded plastic to look like a wood covered dash front. On top is padded green textured vinyl with one small crack. The gauges have been "molded into" the wood and are all clean and functioning and are fronted by the original 3 spoke Mopar Tuff Wheel with satin silver spokes and a black pad in the center. More green as the dash extends over to the passenger side with an ash receptacle and lighter, and a glove box. Newer green carpeting floods the floors for the front and rear, and just above the rear is a rear bench with buttons which match the buckets up front. A center console in green molded plastic surfs through the front buckets and has some wood applique in it and a T-handled slap stick shifter. Above, a worn and torn green cloth headliner begs for replacement.

Drivetrain
Under the hood in an unrestored engine bay we see a Chrysler blue painted block in numbers matching 440ci format. On top is the correct 4bbl carburetor and intake hidden under the Hemi Orange 440 4-Barrel air cleaner assembly. Bolted to the mill is the numbers matching A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission. Putting the power to the road is an 8 3/4" rear axle assembly weighing in with a 3.23 gear ratio.
Undercarriage
Obviously never restored underneath but showing only surface rust on the unibody, suspension, and flooring. Independent torsion bar front suspension, and leaf sprung for the rear, along with power disc brakes upfront, and power drums for the back. A Flowmaster exhaust snakes its way to chrome machine gun tipped rear exits.

Drive-Ability
A very quick fire up and a low rumble with the idle. Off on the test track she performed with great acceleration, bias free braking, and all simple functions were working just swimmingly. While not the raw horsepower of a big block from a few years prior, but still enough to boil the hides and the sound from the machine gun tips is music to any muscle car lover's ears and I dig the groovy Beep Beep horn.

A mechanically solid muscle car built when the era was coming to a screeching halt thanks in part to regulations, insurance and skyrocketing gas prices....sounds familiar doesn't it? A powerful V8 engine, a very 70's color combo, factory paperwork, tons of extra sheet metal along with various other parts, and a popular redesign of the coke bottle platform all wrapped up and ready to keep you coyote proof. Beep Beep Indeed!

VIN DECODE
RM21U3R230303
R-Plymouth Satellite
M-Medium Price Class
21-2 Door Coupe
U-440ci V8 4bbl 280hp
3-1973
R-Windsor, Ontario, Canada Assy Plant
230303-Sequential Unit Number

FENDER TAG
RM2-Plymouth Belvedere,Satellite
Medium, Road Runner 2 Door Coupe
U3R-440 280hp 4bbl V8 1973
Windsor, ONT, CAN
230303-Sequence number
E86-440ci 4 barrel V8
D34-727 Torqueflite Automatic
JF8-Forest Green Metallic
D6F6- Luxury, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Green
JF8-Forest Green Metallic Int. Door Frames
118-Build Date: January 18
159438-Order number
JF8-Forest Green Metallic Top Color
U-USA Specifications
28-28" Radiator
B41-Power Front Disc Brakes w/Standard 10in RR Drum
C16-Console w/Woodgrain Panel
C56-Bucket Seats
G37-OS Dual Racing Mirrors
J45-Hood Tie Down Pins
J52-Inside Hood Release
M21-Roof drip rail moldings
M26-Wheel Lip Moldings
N41-Dual Exhaust
N42-Chrome Exhaust Tips
N76-Coolant Recovery System
R11-AM Radio
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Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Plymouth Road Runner
  • Listing ID: CC-1606834
  • Price: $21,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Plymouth
  • Model:Road Runner
  • Exterior Color:Forest Green Metallic
  • Interior Color:Green
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:116859
  • Stock Number:4020
  • VIN:RM21U3R230303
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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