Based on the Plymouth Fury, 1975 was the final year that the Plymouth Road Runner would be
A nice benefit of working at Mopar Muscle is that we get to see all different types of Mopar street, show, and race cars. And while most of us around here have our favorites, we all generally agree that owning and enjoying any Mopar is cool, with unique cars being even cooler. Although this month's Rare Find wasn't produced during what many would call the muscle car era, it does bear the name of Plymouth's Flagship, and is rarer than many Road Runners produced in earlier years.
Being a fan of late B-Bodies, Micah Pohlman of Minnesota already owns several, but that doesn't stop him from keeping his eyes out for a deal. Having always wanted a '75 Plymouth Road Runner, Micah followed up on multiple leads over the years but hadn't found an example of the last B-Body Bird worthy of restoration. Several years ago, that changed while Micah was searching eBay to see what was available. As luck would have it, there was a '75 listed for sale on the site, it was located in Wyoming, and it appeared to be in good condition. Unfortunately, Micah didn't have the money to make an immediate bid.
Finding any Road Runner is rare these days, but when's the last time you saw a '75 model?
Though short on cash, Micah did have a '72 Charger for sale at the same time he found the Road Runner on eBay, so he hoped the Charger would sell quickly and finance his prospective purchase. Fortunately, just prior to the auction ending, Micah sold his Charger, made a bid for the Road Runner, and won the uniquely optioned Plymouth. Getting the car from Wyoming to Minnesota, however, wasn't nearly as easy. Micah had to wait some 10 months before making the 14-hour one-way road trip to retrieve his purchase.
Once he got his Plymouth home, a little investigation revealed that this wasn't just any '75 Plymouth Road Runner. Though a rare car simply by being one of the 7,183 Road Runners built in 1975, unique options further separate this car from others built that year. First, Micah's Road Runner is equipped with the optional P-code 400 four-barrel engine, distinguishing it from the numerous 318 Road Runners built in 1975. Additionally, this car had a late build date, making it one of the last B-Body Road Runners ever assembled by the Chrysler Corporation. To further the rarity of this bird, it was built for export, and painted KB5 blue, a color that wasn't supposed to be available on the '75 Road Runner.
While other projects have kept Micah from beginning the restoration of this rare Bird, he does plan to begin working on it in the near future. Micah states that he will restore the car to its factory specifications, but might add options like a factory AM/FM 8-track stereo when he completes the work.
Externally, the Road Runner package wasn't much more than some fancy decals applied to a P
Though '75 models were known more for their plush interiors than their performance, this R
Inside, the '75 Road Runner sports rich Corinthian leather (actually vinyl) bucket seats,