AUCTION: HELLEPHANT-Powered 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

1,000 Horsepower, Automatic, and Vintage Air...

In the high-octane world of classic cars, every now and then, an automotive gem emerges, captivating enthusiasts and collectors alike. One such spectacle is set to electrify the stage at the Mecum Kissimmee 2024 auction—a meticulously restored 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. But what sets this beauty apart isn’t just its vintage appeal; it’s the monstrous power pulsating beneath its classic hood.

Custom HELLEPHANT-powered 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. (Mecum).

Originally rolling off the Lynch Road Assembly line boasting a respectable 335 horsepower from its big block 6.3-liter (383 cubic-inch) V8, this Road Runner was no stranger to the thrill of the road. However, a bold transformation has catapulted it into a league of its own. Undergoing a comprehensive frame-off restoration that carefully retained its original interior, this iconic classic now bears the beating heart of a titan—the supercharged HEMI® HELLEPHANT V8 crate motor from Mopar.

The HELLEPHANT—aptly named for its behemoth power—brings forth an awe-inspiring 1,000 horsepower and a staggering 950 lb.-ft. of torque, dwarfing its predecessors and setting new standards in automotive performance. This isn’t just an engine swap; it’s a symphony of power, engineering, and nostalgia woven into one.

Custom HELLEPHANT-powered 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. (Mecum).

But it’s not merely about raw power; it’s the meticulous craftsmanship that elevates this Road Runner to a level of automotive artistry. The restoration, completed with finesse, retained the essence of the original while embracing modern innovations. The addition of a 4L80E racing transmission with TCI controller ensures seamless power delivery, while the Strange Engineering Dana 60 rear end with 3.54 ratio gears promises an exhilarating ride.

The chassis enhancements are equally impressive, featuring a Gerst tubular K-frame front end with power rack and pinion steering, Street-Lynx triangulated 4-link rear end, Viking Performance double adjustable coilover shocks, and Wilwood power disc brakes—a symphony of components meticulously orchestrated for performance and handling.

Custom HELLEPHANT-powered 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. (Mecum).

Inside, modern amenities seamlessly blend with vintage charm. Vintage Air keeps the cabin cool while Dakota Digital VHX analog-look gauges pay homage to the classic aesthetics. A nod to its heritage, the Road Runner retains its split-folding bench seat and thumb-roller radio, evoking memories of a bygone era.

This Road Runner’s journey to the Mecum Kissimmee auction on January 13th promises to be an event steeped in automotive history. With a copy of the original window sticker, two broadcast sheets, and a stellar score of 990 out of 1000 at MCACN before the engine conversion, its provenance and excellence are undisputed.

Custom HELLEPHANT-powered 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. (Mecum).

For further details on this remarkable build or the upcoming auction, enthusiasts can visit Mecum.com.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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"All this power is fed to a GM 4L80E automatic transmission with a TCI controller"

When I look at the included pictures, I see a clutch pedal and a manual transmission shifter!!

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