The car was used for clinic and occasional driving demonstrations until Don sold it in August 1970, since he no longer was promoting that body style. It was then accidentally "preserved" by two other owners who had limited chances to race it. In 2003, Fred Engelhart latched onto the original masterpiece. Fred in turn sold it to a collector in Las Vegas, and after a few years out there, it ended up with collectors Clark and Collene Rand, who proudly added it to their collection of authentic Chrysler drag cars. What is most important is that this car is a survivor; while it has been cleaned up and detailed, the Road Runner still has the original paint, interior, and race motor with speed parts Don himself had built. The numbers-matching factory 440 Six-barrel engine was also with the car.
"We wanted an original unrestored car," says Clark, "one that had a solid trail of ownership and documentation. This one was perfect in those respects. But for us, we've also gotten to know Don and Joan Grotheer very well, and that made this car really special for us to own and display."
There are other A12s out there in more perfect shape, and there are other drag cars with more notoriety, but for the Rands and Grotheers, this example could never be improved upon. A special agent, indeed...
Special thanks to the Midwest Mopar Club and the Mopars in the Park show; www.midwestmopars.com, for arranging this location onsite in Farmington, MN.