By 1969, the muscle car war among Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler
had reached a fevered pitch. Plymouth's Road Runner, Mopar's
intermediate entry, was leading the charge. For 1970, the Road Runner
had its strongest year yet as it housed the best street V-8s Chrysler
had to offer.
Author Scott Ross retraces the history of the Road
Runner and brings the 1970 model year into full focus. The stripped-down
Road Runner exemplified the essence of a purpose-built muscle car:
brute power and stunning acceleration. A new aggressive grille and Air
Grabber hood provided an audacious yet tasteful performance statement.
The back-to-basics 'Bird had a unique character with its iconic cartoon
Road Runner graphics and beep-beep horn.
Underneath the skin, the
Road Runner lived up to its persona. The 335-hp 383 was one of fastest
383s Chrysler built because it was fitted with the 440 camshaft, heads,
and manifolds for even more performance. The 440 Six Pack car generated
390 hp and gained a reputation as a stout street performer. And at the
top, the conservatively rated 425-hp 426 Hemi set the standard for
The Road Runner was lighter than the Cuda and
somewhat overbuilt as it was one of the toughest and most consistent
muscle cars. To transfer all this power to the ground, the Road Runner
was equipped with the A-833 4-speed or TorqueFlite 727 automatic. With a
torsion-bar suspension and heavy-duty rear end, the Road Runner handled
well. However, these are just a few of the highlights of this complete
Each volume in the In Detail Series provides an
introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and
concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and
promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as
well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also
included are paint and option codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well
as production numbers.
Size: 8.25 X 9 (inches)
Illustrations: color photos