1969 Road Runner

ROBERT C. REED/HICKORY DAILY RECORD: Rick Cline sits behind the wheel of his 1969 Road Runner.

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When and how did you acquire the car?

The summer of 2016. I accidently hit “buy it now” while window shopping on eBay motors. True story. I had been looking at this car because it was identical to the one my dad had when I was born and when he met my mom.

Tell us about your car (specs, restoration, etc. in detail.). 

I bought this car online from Washington State.  Its previous owner sold me a full frame-off restoration. The 440 big block engine replaced the original 383. It comes with Magnum rims and a TorqueFlite A727 automatic transmission 12 bolt posi rearend. This model also comes with the Air grabber hood intake and the Wile E. Coyote 6-barrel air filter.  

Do you have a fun or interesting story about the car?  

My parents owned this exact same car when they met and were married.  I always wanted one but they were so expensive I couldn’t afford it.  One day I was on eBay just looking and I accidently hit the buy it now button while teaching a lesson. When I figured out what I had done I freaked out and called my dad and told him. He was excited for me, and after a few minutes I got excited then figured it was fate, so I came up with the money.  I haven’t regretted it for a second.

Why do you love the car?

I love how this car drives and handles.  I love the acceleration. It's so smooth and comfortable. I love how different it is from Ford and Chevrolet. Mopar uses switches and levers on the dash where Ford and Chevy use knobs. It has the original vinyl interior, and I love the way is smells when I get in it. It's so much bigger than any car I’ve ever driven.

What is the most interesting feature of the car? 

The most interesting feature is the rear. I love how the rear taillights turn in. I also love the Roadrunner emblem.

What do people often ask you about the vehicle?   

Where did you find that? Those cars are super rare. 

What value do you place on the car?

$50,000  

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