Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Car Pr0n #10

Hmmm. What haven't I featured so far in the Friday car pr0n? I've had a preponderance of GM vehicles, one Ford (and one AC Cobra powered by Ford), one Mopar, Jaguar and Porsche.

What about another Mopar?


1970 Plymouth Roadrunner. Yes, inspired by the song posted earlier this week. This no-frills muscle car had two engine options available - a 335 HP 383 cubic inch motor and the legendary 426 Hemi V8, a motor originally developed for NASCAR racing. 425 horsepower in 1968 coming out of a naturally aspirated engine was pretty astonishing - a 1:1 ratio of cubic inch to horsepower was pretty much the holy grail of muscle cars.

How serious were Americans about their muscle cars in the late 1960s/early 1970s? Chrysler estimated the demand for the no-frills Roadrunner to be approximately 20K its first year. They sold 45,000. And that's including models that didn't even have any carpeting or air conditioning. Frills come and go - a car that seats six that can run a 13 second quarter mile, OTOH...

And, of course, the horn that Plymouth developed to go "meep meep"...

That is all.

5 comments:

Adam said...

You could also get the 440 six pack in 1970. The 69 Roadrunner has been my favorite muscle car since I was 12... I'm now 30.

maddmedic said...

Ahh..Yes..
My first car was a '67 Plymouth Sport Fury 2 door with the 'tame' 383 2 barrel.
Was 17 when I got it for 800 bucks around 60,000 miles on it, from a family friend of my Dad's..
Was not what the 'cuda was...But it still went when go pedal was pushed..
Was fun growing up during those days..


Ken O said...

Holy Grail Car for me is still the Hemi Dart.

tjbbpgobIII said...

I had one of those 440's that had been a state trooper car down in Ga., that sob would scat but oil just flowed by abd out the exaust.

Ross said...

My landlady in Waltham rents her garage out to someone who stores a RoadRunner in it. I try not to drool too much on the garage door when I peek in the windows...