• Jun 27, 2010

1970 Plymouth Road Runner "Hammer" – Click above for high-res image gallery

This big-block '70 Plymouth Roadrunner was at SEMA last year, but many readers may better remember it from its appearance as a feature car in Hot Rod magazine, a spot on the television show RIDES, and its big-screen debut in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Vin Diesel's character, Dom Toretto, showed up in the closing minutes of Tokyo Drift behind the wheel of this malevolent Mopar, and it made enough of an impact that it returned in the 2009 follow-up as well.

Underhood, there's a supercharged 500-cubic-inch Mopar wedge pumping out 750 horsepower. To those familiar with the car, it's known simply as Hammer. The bidder who brought home this Plymouth also got a GMP limited edition 1:18-scale die-cast model of the car. Its closing bid of $175,000 made Hammer one of the top sellers at the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction. Check out our mini-gallery below.





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, I love Mopars and the body of that thing is gorgeous, but it always pains me when a car owner feels the need to put on these big wheels on an old muscle car. At least contact a reproduction wheel company and make 18" wheels that actually look period correct.


      Other than that, great car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo, your comment makes sense, but I always got the impression people put on bigger wheels because:

        a) They didn't want to pay extra for original wheels

        b) They wanted to put on bigger brakes and needed bigger wheels to fit and didn't want to pay for enlargened repro wheels

        c) They wanted to put on 20" Chrome wheels because they are "special"

        I am not the most knowledgeable person about racing, but I don't think race cars anywhere be it at LeMans or NASCAR have 20-22 inch wheels. Most cars have 18s I think and frankly that's all you should need to fit over the competition brakes/calipers.

        I'd love to restore a car, slap on some new brakes and put on some repro 16" Magnum 500s.

        John Hotchkis' Pro-Touring 340 Challenger has 15" wheels at the moment I believe, so I don't think your explanation is quite on the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're talking about the E-Max, it actually has 18s. But that car was built to be a street/track driven car. Most of the pro tourers you see on this auction and at other shows are built for both track and show, hence the 20s. But the car is going to handle just as good with the 20s. If I remember correctly, there was a review on this car during the release of F&F3 and I remember them saying it handled just as good as the other cars in the movie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      .....The idea that someone could just walk up and buy it.

      .....I really need to win the powerball.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Much more fun to build it yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure, you could easily duplicate this car for that money, but you wouldn't have the provenance which, in this case, has some fairly serious cool-factor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you had $175,000, you could have two built to your own specifications, and have cash left over for gas...
        BOB
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was a bargin...........Make s my duster look ,so-so............
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the wheels suit this car, they are better than the limited "period reproductions" styles, ...are these wheels Forgeline?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love Mopar's !!!
      BOB
      • 4 Years Ago
      8- gpm isn't too bad . Having fun is more important, when weather permits ........
      • 4 Years Ago
      I helped assemble the Passon Performance four speed transmission in this car. I was working with Passon Performance at the time this car was built (by Steve Strope at Pure Vision Designs) for SEMA. The car is stunning. Strope is a cool guy, and does amazing work.
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