Hi LaLD, I'm back again with a Johnny Lightning for MoPar Monday. This time, it's a '71 Plymouth Runner donning metalflake root beer paint. A huge contrast to the high impact colours this era of Chrysler muscle cars are known for.

This example here was released in 2002, under the Ad Rods series - each car comes with a mini ad poster that featured it.

Here's the ad it appeared in. "Arvin Speed Pac Glasspac Advertising - Hot Rod Magazine - July 1971"

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Unfortunately, the ad was not included with mine. The mini ad poster would make a good prop in a diorama. Nonetheless, I'm not going to let that take away the lustre from this fine miniature. The metallic brown paint and OEM style wheels, will deceive a lot of the general folks. But that's all going to change when the Arvin Speed Pac goes into full blast.

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What I really like about the model is the pair of fat rear tires and how well it sits on them. Makes me want to hop in and do some burn-outs! If it had white letters on the sidewalls, that'd be over the top. Is that too much to ask?

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The high quality of Johnny Lightning molds shows through, take a look the side body contours. How beautifully it is replicated. That's not even before I mention the painted bumpers and tail lights.

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The version from Hot Wheels is little slab-sided. I guess that is to make work better on the track when going through the boosters.

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JL nailed it on the stance for this car. I wonder what modern car would look good with a little high rake?

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From this angle you can see that the headlights are moulded to point slightly downwards just like the actual road car. How cool is that?

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This body style of the Road Runner is probably in my list of Top 3 MoPars, the other two would the 2nd gen Dodge Charger and Plymouth Cuda. I yet to have them in my collection but thanks to the super friends in LaLD, ZTP is helping me change that.

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That wraps up my weekly MoPar photo barrage. Perhaps you have gotten tired of them. (lol) And of course...

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