It’s convertible season again, finally, which means it’s prime time for droptops that need nothing to cruise, such as this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible for sale on Hemmings.com. With a solid body, recent repaint, fre...
It’s convertible season again, finally, which means it’s prime time for droptops that need nothing to cruise, such as this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible for sale on Hemmings.com. With a solid body, recent repaint, freshly restored interior, and Super Commando 383 V-8, only minor work on ancillary items that don’t get used too much in a convertible (radio, windshield wipers) has been left for the new owner to complete. From the seller’s description:
This car is a very “high-end driver quality” car. It is not a concours quality restoration.
The exterior of the car: The car has been refinished in its original color of Seafoam Turquoise Poly (code Q5), which has been applied in a high quality base coat/clear coat system, so it shines like glass. It is better than when the car was new owing to the better materials that are now available. The fit of all body panels is the same as when new. The bumpers are in excellent condition with a beautiful shine. There are no dents, dings, scratches, pitting, or flaking. The rest of the chrome trim is original and is in very good condition showing only minor wear and tear and minor pitting from ordinary aging. The stainless steel trim is also in very good condition. There are no dents on any of the trim including the grille. The car does not appear to have ever been in an accident. All sheet metal on the exterior of the car appears to be original. As mentioned earlier, the radiator support and the quarter panel still carry the original VIN number that was stamped by the factory which would indicate that they have never been replaced. The convertible top has been replaced and is in excellent condition… virtually new. There are no rips, tears, or scuffs, and the rear window is glass.
The underside of the car: The floor-pans of the car are original and are in excellent condition, still carrying much of the original factory undercoating. The frame rails are solid and exhibit no signs of rust. The trunk pan and the lower quarter panels had the normal rust that is associated with these cars. Rather than patch the trunk-pan, it was completely replaced along with the trunk drop-offs so that everything would be solid and appear original. The quarter panels were also repaired with the repair limited to the lower portions, and the car still retains its original quarter panels.
The interior of the car: The front seats have been reupholstered in the proper pattern and with the proper material. There are no rips or tears in the upholstery, and no cracks in the dash pad. The carpeting was replaced and shows only very minor wear. The rest of the interior is predominantly original and in very good condition. Exceptions would include worn letters on the controls and ordinary wear and tear on the painted portion of the center console.
The engine and engine compartment: The engine compartment was nicely detailed when the car was painted. The firewall and inner fenders were stripped of all components rather than simply masking them. The engine was detailed sometime in the distant past and although clean and very presentable it could stand to be detailed again if one wanted to. It is not the original engine but it appears to be a “warranty engine” or a “service engine” as evidenced by a blank serial number pad (indicating that it was obtained from a parts department and not another car), a date code from 1970 (which would be correct for a warranty engine), and a correct casting code for a 383-CID engine.
The car drives beautifully. The engine accelerates aggressively and the transmission shifts smoothly through the gears. The car stops in a straight line even under heavy braking. There is no smoke or unusual sounds from the engine, and the car is virtually rattle free. The windshield wipers, washers, clock, and radio do not work. Driving this car is a true pleasure.
The sale of the vehicle includes a convertible top boot and an Owner’s M