Junkyard Find: 1975 Plymouth Road Runner

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1975 plymouth road runner

We got an overview of Colorado’s Brain-Melting Junkyard yesterday, and today we’ll take a closer look at one of its residents. This is one of the rarest of Road Runner s, a one-year-only version that was based on the downsized B-Body Fury

The original 1968-70 Road Runner was quite a deal for muscle car shoppers; you got the same kind of absurd power as the Pontiac GTO and Ford Cobra Jet Torino, but cheaper. Plenty of these cars survive today, but most of us can’t afford a nice one (though a Road Runner-ized Belvedere could be built on a more limited budget). However, you can afford a genuine 1975 Road Runner… if you can find one.

The interior shows some Cordoba influence. I wonder if those buckets are covered in Corinthian Leather.

I always enjoy the simplicity of factory AM radios of the 1960s and 1970s. The crazy thing is how expensive car audio gear was back then; this radio was probably a $200 option.

The hood release was broken, so I didn’t get any shots of the smog-gear-strangled 318 or 360 that almost certainly lives in this car. 1975 model-year cars are emissions-exempt in most states, so it would be easy to upgrade this car to proper power levels.

Here’s the only thing I bought during my visit to this yard; I saw the Kansas Wheat Centennial license plate on this car and had to have it for garage decoration. Five bucks well spent!

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  • Maverick74 Maverick74 on Jul 15, 2012

    With a bit of attention, especially to the floors and interior, that would make an excellent weekend runabout.

  • Rabscuttle Rabscuttle on Nov 16, 2019

    What is that car doing in the junkyard? It seems restorable to me. N.A.D.A. now has the high retail value of 1975 Roadrunners at more than $20,000. I wonder how that car got to be junked so early. With 1975 license plates on it, could it really have been junked after less than a year? 11/16/2019

  • ToolGuy Here is an interesting graphic, if you're into that sort of thing.
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  • Namesakeone Actually, per the IIHS ratings, "Acceptable" is second best, not second worst. The ratings are "Good," "Acceptable," "Marginal" and "Poor."
  • Inside Looking Out "And safety was enhanced generally via new reversing lamps and turn signals fitted as standard equipment."Did not get it, turn signals were optional in 1954?
  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.