1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi Convertible – 3 Made
When it first appeared in 1968, the Roadrunner proved to be a very influential and important muscle car. It introduced a new trend of inexpensive and fun cars. The car was also a strong seller that affected the whole segment. The entire idea behind the Roadrunner was simple. That was to present a low-priced but powerful model to attract people on a limited budget but a strong need for performance. The most appealing thing about the Roadrunner was the fact that Plymouth used the cartoon character of a roadrunner from the popular Wile E. Coyote cartoon (via Motor Trend).
Chrysler paid $60,000 for the rights to use the name and design. Everyone thought Chrysler was crazy for doing so. The sales proved everybody wrong. The Roadrunner was the first muscle car with crazy graphics and the car that started the trend. It was always a popular muscle car. But most of Plymouth’s customers looked for standard examples with 383 or 440 V8 engines and no options. However, some wanted to option their Roadrunners to the max. The 1970 Hemi Convertible is a perfect example. However, they only made three such cars that year; one with a manual and two with an automatic transmission.