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BobPalma
09-20-2017, 09:43 AM
:!: I'd say that anyone who was responsible for Studebaker's highly-successful Mobilgas Economy Run wins in the early and mid-1950s deserves a mention here...and what's not to like about the original 1968 Plymouth Road Runner as well?

https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/09/passed-father-of-road-runner-38461

Thanks to Kevin Wolford for that link, and Rest in Peace, Jack. :cool: BP

8E45E
09-20-2017, 09:51 AM
Bob,

Sorry to hear about the loss.

Perhaps you can also inform Bob Ashton, and a small tribute can be made at this year's MCACN for him.

Craig

BobPalma
09-20-2017, 10:13 AM
Bob,

Sorry to hear about the loss.

Perhaps you can also inform Bob Ashton, and a small tribute can be made at this year's MCACN for him.

Craig

:!: Good idea, Craig; I'll do that. :cool: Bob

Mike Sal
09-20-2017, 10:27 AM
I worked for Spartan Mfg, the maker of the "purple" "beep beep" horn that was used on the Roadrunner cars. "Passionate Purple" was the color used on them and they had a roadrunner bird decal on them. They kept those decals in a secure location as everyone wanted to steal them.

Spartan made most of the horns for Studebaker and AMC.
Mike Sal

BobPalma
09-20-2017, 10:35 AM
I worked for Spartan Mfg, the maker of the "purple" "beep beep" horn that was used on the Roadrunner cars. "Passionate Purple" was the color used on them and they had a roadrunner bird decal on them. They kept those decals in a secure location as everyone wanted to steal them.

Spartan made most of the horns for Studebaker and AMC.
Mike Sal

:!!: That's pretty cool, Mike. :D

I can believe they were stored in a secure location or they'd never have enough left for production!

Thanks for the added info. ;) :cool: BP

jts359
09-20-2017, 12:57 PM
Back in the day a couple of friends and I were at Suburban Chrysler Plymouth in E.Hanover N.J. , We were lusting over the Road Runners and Gtx's when a salesman calls us over and shows us a picture of the Rear quarter of the Superbird , He said it was a prototype and he wanted to know what we thought of course being 16 or 17 it was cool , none of the other gear heads at school the next day believed us , But shortly there after the Charger Daytona started dominating nascar and we knew the Superbird was coming next ! , Jack Smith RIP

studegary
09-20-2017, 12:59 PM
Thanks for posting this Bob.

I was the original owner of predecessors to the Road Runner - 1964 and 1965 Fury/Sport Fury hardtops with hipo 383s. After that, I owned a Road Runner/GTX. I was the second owner of my 440 Road Runner. It still had its original horn when I sold it. The last time that I saw the car, it no longer had its beep-beep horn or its unique hood.

I also a owned a Spring Special Satellite with the special top (similar to the Mod Top) and plaid interior.

8E45E
09-21-2017, 08:59 AM
Thanks for posting this Bob.

I was the original owner of predecessors to the Road Runner - 1964 and 1965 Fury/Sport Fury hardtops with hipo 383s.

The 1964 may be a 'predecessor' in a sense, but not the 1965, as it was based on the new full-size 'C' body.

Craig

jts359
09-21-2017, 10:52 AM
I wonder how much of the 64 Sport Fury went into the 65 Satilite line ?

AllstonEP
09-21-2017, 11:59 AM
My father ran the economy runs for Chrysler (or maybe dodge) in the late 1950s. I have the certificates somewhere. He said it took Penzke a couple years to figure it out and then pulled better numbers.