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The late 1960s was an interesting time in the automotive world. Muscle cars, as we now know them, were well established, with all manufacturers joining the horsepower race. You could walk into the showroom for any brand from any manufacturer and find a variety of performance models. Competition being what it is, the manufacturers were looking for ways other than winning races to lure buyers into the showrooms and entice them to buy their products. Some tried to accomplish this with fancy marketing schemes and graphic paint packages and decals, and for the first time, some tried to win over buyers with price. Volume No. 5 of CarTech’s Muscle Cars In Detail series covers the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. It was an interesting marriage of a car that attempted to appeal to potential buyers with a low-cost, light-weight, and potent bare-bones package. It also added a brilliant marketing strategy of partnering with a famous studio and a popular cartoon character. The end result was a wildly popular, big-block, affordable muscle car with great graphics and a cool beepbeep horn. The public loved it. All In Detail Series books include an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, and an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included is an appendix of paint and option codes, VIN and build-tag decoders, as well as production numbers. • The Muscle Cars In Detail series provides an in-depth look at a legendary muscle car at an extremely affordable retail price • The Plymouth Road Runner was named Motor Trend “Car of the Year” for 1969 • Road Runners are among the most popular muscle cars ever produced About the Author In the Winter of 1996, Wes Eisenschenk made the full commitment to 1969 Road Runner ownership while chiseling out a project car sitting behind a shed in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. From that day on, he began immersing himself in the collector car hobby, and with the 1969 Road Runner in particular. 1969 Plymouth Road Runner: In Detail No. 5 is his way of thanking every person who has shared their knowledge and expertise in order to create this volume on the singular model. Wes is also the author of CarTech’s best seller, Lost Muscle Cars.