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1970 Plymouth Roadrunner from the movie "Furious 7"
Plymouth Road Runner
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The Plymouth Road Runner is a mid-size car with a focus on performance built by Plymouth in the United States between 1968 and 1980. By 1968, some of the original muscle cars were moving away from their roots as relatively cheap, fast cars as they gained features and increased in price. Plymouth developed the Road Runner to market a lower-priced, basic trim model to its upscale GTX.
Plymouth licensed the Road Runner name, likeness, and "beep beep" sound from the popular Warner Brothers cartoons.
Plymouth paid $50,000 to Warner Bros.-Seven Arts to use the Road Runner name and likeness from their Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons (as well as a "beep, beep" horn, which Plymouth paid $10,000 to develop). The Road Runner was based on the Chrysler B platform (the same as the Belvedere and Satellite), as a back-to-basics mid-size performance car.
1971 Plymouth Road Runner 440+6
Body and chassis
318 cu in (5.2 L) V8 (1973, 1974)
340 cu in (5.6 L) V8 (1971-73)
360 cu in (5.9 L) V8 (1974)
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8 (1971)
400 cu in (6.6 L) V8 (1972-74)
426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8 (1971)
440 cu in (7.2 L) V8
3-speed Torqueflite automatic
Model Scale : 1:18
Model Material : Die-Cast Metal with Some Plastic Parts.
Model Section : Sports Cars & Luxury Vehicles.
Museum Number : 24 - TV105 - 22 - 01
This is a copy of the vehicle used in the movie series “Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel. One must remember that this is in fact a 1;24 scale and there are features that don't translate to this scale. How ever come what may, this is still a car that fits into the movie & TV vehicle section.
So let's start with the exterior.
I do like the colour. The colour is one of the features of any model that gets the attention of the viewer. Even for its size, I am quite surprised just how well this model has been assembled. All the panels open and close with a good gap that one finds that a models this size can be problematic. However, in this model, it's been done nicely. The paintwork is good with absolutely no faults in the paintwork. Excellent tires with those amazing rims add that extra nice touch to this model.
Size always makes a difference. Unless you are prepared as a manufacturer willing to spend those dollars on more detailed parts, you must make do with the best you can. While not the best of interior detail, this model still allows collectors to get a good idea of how the actual vehicle looks. Details like door panels and seats are good, as well as the dashboard and centre console have reasonable detail. Because of the scale, details such as dials on the instrument panel are difficult to see. I would regard this interior as good compared to others.
This is a very basic outline of the engine bay. Again, because this is a mass produced product, it has been seen that detail of the engine was not regarded as important. But for someone giving it a short glance, it still gives some sort of information. Low score on this one.
As an example of props used in the making of this movie, this model adds to the variety of vehicles used by movie producers who prefer to use existing vehicles for their productions. Using stock models helps keep costs down, but also allows those fans to know instantly, “ yes that's a Plymouth Roadrunner.” I’ve given it a 4.0/5.0. Robin Finlay. 13/01/2023.