This 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Packs A Hellephant-Sized Secret

With classic looks and 1,000 hp, this Road Runner restomod is our cup of tea

 This 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Packs A Hellephant-Sized Secret

Plymouth sailed off into the sunset in 2001, but the story continues with this awesome Road Runner.

Set to be auctioned shortly, the coupe has undergone a “comprehensive frame-off restoration” and looks fantastic. Mecum didn’t go into many specifics, but the model sports a blue metallic exterior with chrome accents as well as color-keyed steel wheels. A closer inspection also reveals the car’s hidden secret as Hellephant badges hint at the monster hiding beneath the hood.

Putting that aside for a moment, the cabin retains its old school charisma despite an assortment of modern upgrades. These include a Vintage Air climate control system and “analog-look” gauges from Dakota Digital. Elsewhere, there’s two-tone upholstery and a Lokar floor shifter.

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Under the hood, the original 6.3-liter V8 has been replaced by a supercharged 7.0-liter Hellephant crate engine, which produces 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS) and 950 lb-ft (1,2867 Nm) of torque.  It’s number 17 of 100 and is the undisputed star of the build.

The engine is connected to an 4L80E racing transmission with a TCI controller. Mecum also says it has been outfitted with TTI headers, while an aluminum radiator helps to keep things cool. It’s also worth mentioning that the battery has been relocated to the trunk as engine room was in short supply.

The upgrades extend beyond the powertrain as the car has been outfitted with Wilwood brakes and a Dana 60 rear end from Strange Engineering. Other highlights include a Street-Lynx four-link out back and adjustable coilovers from Viking Performance.

There’s no auction estimate, but there’s little doubt this Road Runner will bring in big bucks.

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