Plymouth's new 1969 Plymouth Road Runner was as quick as the cartoon bird and far cheaper than other muscle cars. Convertibles were the only thing fans might have wanted. Plymouth obliged for 1969.

1969 Plymouth Road Runner
The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner was an affordable option for muscle car lovers.

Plymouth's new 1968 Road Runner was the first "budget" muscle car and an instant hit. A "Beep-Beep" horn and Warner Bros. cartoon-bird insignia identified it. So did a refreshing absence of costly, speed-robbing frills. Instead you got a 335-horsepower 383 V-8, four-on-the-floor, big boots, and firm suspension. A testosterone-packed 426 Hemi was optional. Taxi-plain interior? Who cared? The starting price was just $2896.

1969 Plymouth Road Runner
The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner featured a 335-horsepower 383 V-8.

But success tends to breed excess in Detroit, and some plushing up occurred for 1969. Among the additions was a $3313 convertible that attracted only 2126 leadfoots versus some 82,000 coupes and hardtops. Today, the '69 ragtop Runner is an even rarer bird, and collectors pursue it like Wile E. Coyote.

For more classic convertibles of the 1960s and 1970s, see:

1960 Dodge Polara
1960 Edsel Ranger
1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner
1962 Dodge Polara 500
1963 Chevrolet Impala SS
1963 Ford Falcon Futura
1963 Plymouth Sport Fury
1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona
1965 Chrysler 300L
1965 Rambler American 440
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1968 Mercury Park Lane
1969 Shelby GT-500 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
1975 Pontiac Grand Ville 1976 Cadillac Eldorado

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