- Written by webmin
Mopars have to be among the cars least likely to have their original engines, for a variety of reasons, and it seems that it’s an across-the-board affliction for them, from the lowliest straight-six car to the top 440-powered beast. So it’s refreshing to see that this 1973 Plymouth Road Runner not only has its original 400, but also wears all of its original sheetmetal. From the seller’s description:
1973 Plymouth Road Runner with original motor, nice buildsheet, fender tag, and original books. This was a specially ordered car. Charcoal silver metallic paint, black side stripe with Road Runner decals matches exact factory specs. Black bucket seats, dual sport mirrors. 400-cu.in. 4bbl w/dual snorkle air cleaner, 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, 8-3/4 Sure-Grip rear w/3.23 gear. Motor is original with VIN # stamped on block, has a 383 Torker intake and Holley 4bbl carb, 727 transmission is from 1977 400 motor.
Car was ordered with Rallye dash w/tach and AM/FM radio w/rear speaker, rear defrost. Original Magnum 500 road wheels, factory undercoat. No rust in floors or trunk. Power disc brakes, power steering, dual exhaust with new stainless steel tips. Black leather interior w/bucket seats in excellent condition. All seatbelts in place. All glass is good, all gauges, radio, rear defogger, lights work. Factory air conditioning needs Freon, dealer-installed cruise control, factory Road Runner “beep-beep” horn. All original sheetmetal, body, doors, hood, trunklid, floors, motor compartment. All straight, clean, has few minor dings. Aftermarket accessories: vintage Tuff-Grip steering racing wheel by Mopar, original Mopar chrome brake pedal pad w/bezel and a matching emergency brake pad w/bezel, chrome barefoot gas & dimmer switch pedal pedals.
For those who would like to get a fair representation of the value of this vehicle, the paint work is brand new, the entire car has been thoroughly tested by a State of Florida certified mechanic here in Daytona Beach. Compression, engine, transmission, brakes, have all checked out fine. I installed new belts, battery, plugs, wires, distributor cap, and had some exhaust work done. This car is 95 percent show quality. I would not use this as a daily driver, there is just too much work already done to it. With new headlight inserts, rubber moldings at the base of the windows and customized chrome to the engine compartment, this will easily fetch $25,000 – $30,000 at auction. I am unemployed right now and simply have run out of money to continue the project. I do not want to sell this car, but economic conditions force me to do so.
Vehicle is currently appraised at $20,000 by American Collectors Insurance. All documentation on the vehicle is available upon request. I have all original paperwork from the factory.
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