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1969 Plymouth Road Runner – 426 Hemi

This numbers matching survivor 1969 Plymouth Road Runner is powered by a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 and has a 4 speed manual transmission. It’s recently been taken out of storage where it has been since 1974!

Its drivetrain was the ultimate option and managed to propel the car to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and managed the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 105 mph.

The first generation of Road Runner’s ran from 1968 to 1970. The 1969 model had slight styling changes over the 68. This included a change to the tail lights and a restyled grille.

Rear view of a 69 Plymouth Road Runner with 426 hemi
rear view

There were two hardtop 2-door variants available on the ’69 Road Runner with a convertible joining them for the first time that year.

This is a RM21 which is the 2-dr Coupe and has a “B” Pillar and the rear quarter window doesn’t roll down. The 2-door hard top coupes (RM23) had a rear window that would fully wind down leaving the window space fully open from the vent right back to the front of the “C” post.

Inside, interiors were all vinyl, there is a Road Runner logo and the Hurst 4-speed shifter is equipped with a simulated walnut shift knob.

Bench seat interior of a 1969 Road Runner by Plymouth - just out of storage
out of storage condition interior

The standard Road Runner engine was the 383 but under the hood of this beauty is the 426 Street Hemi. It cost a massive $813 extra which led to many buyers opting for the cheaper 440 instead. This was understandable because the Road Runner was a cost-conscious car but those that went for the 426 had blistering performance available under their right foot.

The only other factory option the car was ordered with was an AM radio at $62. This car looks amazing considering it was a daily driver before it was parked up all those years ago. It is presented here in Yellow Gold (code Y-3).

It’s fitted with a Air Grabber Hood you can see the Wile E Coyote decal on the air cleaner lid – vents are opened with the red lever under the dash.

Plymouth 426 Hemi V8 engine from 1969
426 Hemi V8

If you wanted to buy a Roadrunner during the 1969 model year, the 2-door coupe started at $2,945.

This 1969 Road Runner is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for lots more photos)

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