There were thousands of cool Mopars sold during the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and no muscle car produced by Chrysler during that era sold better than the ’69 Road Runner. Earning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year title, the 1969 mid-size Plymouth was inexpensive and fast, making it a favorite for young drivers, especially young servicemen. And while once sold, each Mopar saw a different fate; some like this one were driven, taken care of, and cherished by an owner who knew this was more than just a car, it was a special part of Americana. When Lynn Wilson discovered this Road Runner in his hometown of Muncy, Pennsylvania, he didn’t just find a car, he found a cool story as well.

The original owner of this Road Runner was named Donald Linser, and he was a mechanic in the U. S. Air Force. Purchasing the 383/four-speed equipped Plymouth in May of 1969, Donald was then transferred to California where he and his car were stationed for about two years. Eventually driving back to Ohio from California in February of 1970 Donald was stopped by the California Highway Patrol, but it wasn’t for speeding or racing, instead, the ticket Lynn found in the glove box was written for towing a U-haul trailer without a right side mirror. The car also shows evidence of a clamp-on trailer hitch with dents in the bumper on both sides of the license plate.

After returning to Ohio the evidence shows that Donald cared for his car, installing an inside hood release and security system, as well as aftermarket gauges and a cassette player. The car was then parked at some point during the seventies, only accumulating some 37,892 miles until discovered by Lynn’s brother Steve, while attending a family cookout in 2010. At the cookout, Steve was having a conversation with some older ladies and one of the ladies (the wife of original owner Donald) mentioned having a Road Runner. Steve called Lynn and told him about the car and they made plans to look at it together. Seeing the car on a Sunday, Lynn made an offer that Tuesday and the next day he owned the car.

Getting the Road Runner home, Lynn found the car to be in amazing shape for its age, and with low mileage nothing major has ever been done to the Road Runner. Lynn says the car runs well, like having a new ’69 Road Runner, and he and his wife Trish even found one of the original owner’s Air Force shirts in the trunk and cassette tapes in the glovebox. As a good survivor with only minor imperfections, Lynn has just been driving the car, and has put the previous owner’s shirt on a hangar so “he” can ride along and listen to music from the cassette player he installed. We congratulate Lynn on his Hidden Treasure, and think it’s great that he, his wife, and the previous owner can all enjoy cruising in this cool Plymouth!