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From the Archives: 1968 Plymouth Road Runner
Almost two years ago at the annual John Force Christmas Show I encountered a very special 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. Now I must say that in my travels at such places like Mopars at the Strip in Las Vegas, I encounter many exceptional Mopar B-body intermediates (Plymouth Satellites, GTXs, and Road Runners, Dodge Coronets, Chargers, and Super Bees), but this car was clearly in a class of its own. It was correct down to the smallest detail. In this case it included the chalk marks under the hood and on the battery, a hang tag on the mirror denoting that the car was factory-equipped with air conditioning, down to the label on the spare tire which had never seen pavement. Talking with the owner Doug Moshy, I learned that he was the original owner and that the car had recently undergone a complete, down-to-the-last-bolt restoration by Phil LaChapelle, who also restored the 1970 Pontiac GTO posted earlier in this gallery (http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/1917) While many of the Road Runners I encounter have 426 Hemis and 440s under the hood, Doug resisted the temptation to replace the original 383. When I showed the preliminary photos of Doug's Road Runner to my editor Steve Statham at Musclecar Enthusiast, not only did he give me the OK to do a feature on Doug's Plymouth, but decided to put it on the cover. You can see how these photographs were used to produce the feature as well as reading life-long love affair with this Road Runner by reading the whole story at http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/1918 a story that I called "Now and Then" which included owner-supplied photos of the owner when he originally purchased the car and now, 40 years later. For more photos from the Automotive Traveler image gallery visit http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ To view automotivetraveler.com, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2196 And to view Automotive Traveler magazine, visit http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/2197
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