Beep! Beep! It’s a ’71 Road Runner

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Beep! Beep! It’s a 1971 Road Runner | ClassicCars.com Journal

Ah, the freedom automotive designers and engineers had back in the day. Take, for example, Plymouth’s Satellite model lineup for the 1971 model year.

The cars featured Chrysler’s new “fuselage” body styling, but as the Standard Catalog of American Cars points out, “not a single panel of sheet metal interchanged on the two different basic types of cars,” those being two-door and four-door models.

“The coupes and hardtop coupes seemed futuristic with their integral bumper/grills, down-swooping curved panels and blending sail panel treatments,” the encyclopedia’s authors note. “Styling feature lines gave the impression of the mid-body wrapping over the lower body.”

There were nearly as many model names as variations, what with Satellite, Satellite Sebring, Satellite Custom, Satellite Sebring-Plus, Satellite Brougham and Satellite Regent station wagon, as well as our Pick of the Day, a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner being offered by a private seller in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The car being advertised on ClassicCars.com is a stunning red with a white rally-style stripe running from the rear quarter panels, up the C-pillars and over the roof.

Special equipment on the Road Runner included a floor shifter, heavy-duty suspension, rally gauges, performance hood, less-restrictive exhaust, 383cid high-performance V8 and a cartoon-inspired “Beep-Beep” horn.

According to the car’s advertisement, the seller’s father bought the car from the original owner in 1993. At the time, the odometer read 194,953, and in the ensuing years the family has added another 14,100, and kept the car garaged when not on the road.

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The car has power steering and automatic transmission, and the white seating surfaces have been replaced in recent years.

The seller also notes that the carburetor was rebuilt and the fuel system flushed in November 2017.

The asking price is $35,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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