3). 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, 440 cubic Six BBL 390 HP
Chrysler Motor Group was one the last car manufacturers who come out with a muscle car, with the introduction of the high performance vehicle with relatively low price, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. They’ve had a pretty simple concept – a production of a light weighted car that will not be expensive but affordable to many and with a strong and powerful machine under the hood. They have used cartoon character as a sign of recognition for a very fast muscle car, with an attractive body lines and easy to remember by the masses. It was equipped with a simple bench seats and rubber floor mats. Due to its low price of around $ 3 000 (convertibles were a bit more expensive, $ 3 790), in 1969 it was sold in 217 216 units (and only 2 128 convertibles). Motor Trend Magazine named the Road Runner for The Car of the Year for the year of 1969. Originally constructed to be the fastest car that ever came out of the Chrysler’s production line, Road Runners had pretty much regular performance features that included a removable fiberglass hood.
Under the hood of the Road Runner there was 440 6 BBL engine (440 cubic), with a triple 2 barrel Holly carburetors -- which was an addition to help qualify for the Super Stock Drag races – that generated 390 horsepower. This engine was seen as a perfect option because it was cheaper from the 426 HEMI and yet it still delivered pretty much the same performances.
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