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May 7, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Trio Of Rapid Transit Plymouths Could Fetch Over $1 Million

Three RTs are headed to this months Mecum Indy auction, but they’re not the ‘Road and Track’ variants one would usually expect to come from under the Dodge umbrella. No, these are Rapid Transit cars.

A product of the early ’70s muscle cars we all know and love, Plymouth launched their Rapid Transit cars and took them on the Rapid Transit System tour. In short, the cars were essentially concept cars highlighting the brand’s performance initiatives and these three have all survived impeccably through the years and are now being offered from the Steven Juliano estate at Mecum Indy.

1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER RAPID TRANSIT

Restored by Roger Gibson this ’70 Duster could be called the ‘runt’ of the litter with an expected sale price of $150,000 – $200,000. It was part of the tour in 1970 and restyled and toured again in 1971 before somehow being abandoned in a parking lot in 1982. The car was re-discovered in 1995 and fully restored in 2000.

1971 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER RAPID TRANSIT

Tying its Rapid Transit brethren below for most expensive projected sale price is this ’71 HEMI Road Runner. While the quarter-million to $400,000 projection is certainly jaw dropping, so is the only 1,300 miles on this unrestored car. This ‘Chicken Head,’ named for the 3D road runner on the sides, remains just as it was on tour over 40 years ago with its 383cu.-in. V8 and automatic transmission.

1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ROAD RUNNER RAPID TRANSIT

A fellow 1970, this HEMI Road Runner is also very low mileage with only 1,700, but did undergo restoration 2000. Powered by the ‘King Kong’ 426cu.-in. HEMI V8, this Road Runner was beep beeping along to the tune of 425hp. It’s projected sale price at auction mirrors that of the other HEMI Road Runner crossing and could hammer at anywhere from $250,000 – $400,000 when sold in Indy May 14-19.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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