This just has got to be the craziest looking street-legal car ever built. OK, maybe not, but it still looks insane! The 1968 Plymouth Road-Runner / Superbird was created when Chrysler realized that it had to do something to compete with the drop noses that Ford were fitting on their cars. The Road-Runner was built on the chassis on the Dodge Charger, but fitted with an insanely cool pointy, aerodynamic nose and a massive rear wing that looks like nothing if not a huge handle. Fortunately for Chrysler, it worked – the big car in race trim could reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour! And fortunately for the rest of us, they had to produce a bunch of them to make sure their car were homologated to race!
The top version of the Road-Runner was equipped with a fire-breathing 7.2-liter big block V8, producing 375 horsepower. While not exactly as powerful as the full race trim version – 650 horsepower! – it was more than enough to push it to a top speed of 130 miles per hour, and more importantly, accelerate to 60 in 5.8 seconds!
All good things, it is said, must come to an end, and by 1971, the rules changed in favor of smaller (and that’s relative) engines, so the Road-Runner was retired with full honors. The 1968 Plymouth Road-Runner and Superbird were truly exceptionally fast and amazing-looking cars, if you’re into that sort of stuff!