Some classic cars offer up no background as to their lineage. Who bought the car originally? What did they do with the car? What modifications did they make? That is not the case with this "heavily documented" 1968 yellow Roadrunner. In fact few cars would have this kind of colorful history and the paperwork to back up those claims.
This 383cid-powered Roadrunner was purchased by the original owner and went directly to the location Chrysler intended - the drag strip. Complete with a long history of drag strip quarter mile time slips from the legendary Lion Drag Strip in Long Beach, California, it was clearly a regular. To improve on the original factory performance, an equally legendary racing engine builder, Bob Lambeck, built up a 440cid engine and tucked in the finest performance parts of the era. The engine build up and the timing for the swap from 383cid to 440cid are also well documented.
When the Roadrunner came to All America Classic Car Restoration, it bore all the battle scars of its four decades of racing. Not only did the car still have the 440cid engine from Lambeck underhood, but it had the original "matching number" 383cid engine, transmission and bellhousing. That's gold for the muscle car collector.
After a review of the original "survivor" paint job (a valuable thing for collectors) it was deemed too worn for the owner and AACCR set about repainting the body after repairing all of the body blemishes. The interior was refurbished as well to just the way it looked when it rolled from the southern California dealership when new. Today it stands a beautiful time capsule of the way things were back in the 1960s when new car owners raced their cars often - and hard - because that was the factory intended.
This GTX Satellite is another project we had some fun with. Considering how rare it is for classic cars to actually be restored to full completion, we must give credit to our tenacious mechanics who are truly passionate about their craft.
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