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1976 Volare Road Runner

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1977 Volare Road Runner

 

 



1977 Volare Road Runner

1977 Volare Road Runner

 

Please note - the Plymouth Volare was available as a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door station wagon. Unless mentioned otherwise, all information on this page, including production information, refers to the 2-door coupe only.

 

1976  The F-body Plymouth Volare, and identical Dodge Aspen, was introduced in late 1975, as a 1976 model, replacing the Plymouth Duster and Dodge Dart. The Volare was more modern looking than the Duster, with a sleeker, more rounded body. The Volare was considered a small car in 1976, although it was actually bigger than today's mid-size cars. The sporty-looking coupe's styling was classic long-hood, short deck, with large front, back and side door glass, with smaller quarter windows behind the door glass.

 

The Plymouth Volare's mechanicals and suspension were classic Mopar. Rear-wheel drive, unibody construction, with the 225 cid slant-six standard, and the 318 and 360 V-8's optional. The suspension was semi-elliptical rear springs in the back, separated from the rear axle by rubber spring-seat iso-clamps, and from the body by oval front bushings. The front suspension used torsion bars with a standard front sway bar. However, the Volare's torsion bars were unique in that instead of them running from front to back, they ran from side-to-side. Called an "Isolated Transverse Suspension System", the torsion bars were separated from the chassis by three pairs of rubber mounts. This new system was supposed to give the Volare a big car quiet ride. All Volare's also received electronic ignition and voltage regulator, and standard front disc brakes. All V-8 models (and wagons) received standard power brakes.

 

The Volare was offered in three models - Coupe, Custom, and Premier. The base Coupe came with the 225 cid slant-six engine and 3-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, with practically every other Volare feature optional. Moving up, the Volare Custom added a cigarette lighter, wood-grain instrument panel trim, deluxe vinyl bench seat, belt and coupe B-pillar moldings, body-side and wheel lip moldings, and rear armrests. The top of the line Premier included a huge list of standard features, such as a chrome grill insert, 60/40 bench seat with center armrest, shag carpeting, luxury door panels with carpeted lower sides, premium wheel covers, luxury steering wheel, automatic transmission, power steering, color keyed body side moldings, body side tape stripes, landau vinyl roof, and deluxe sound insulation.

 

Hoping to capitalize on the Road Runner muscle cars of years past, Plymouth offered the Road Runner Package on the Volare coupe. There were three different options under the Road Runner heading. The Road Runner Decor group included dual sport mirrors, Ralleye wheel trim rings, and wheel lip moldings. The Road Runner Package provided E70 X 14-inch raised white letter tires, heavy duty suspension, Ralleye road wheels without the trim rings, blacked out grill, Road Runner decals and tape stripes, and the "beep beep" horn. The "Super Pak" option, only available on cars with the Road Runner package, included front and rear deck spoilers, side quarter window louvers, wheel opening flares, and special tape stripes. The Super Pak option was available in only one color - Spitfire Orange.

 

There was a voluminous number of options available on all Volares. Some of the more notable included a center console with floor shifter and bucket seats, a "Tuff" steering wheel, Sure-Grip limited slip differential, chrome styled road wheels, manual sun roof, and two-tone paint (Custom Coupe only). The Volare had enough options to turn the car into just about anything that the driver wanted - luxury car, sporty car, family car, or cheap basic transportation. Motor Trend was so impressed, the Plymouth Volare was named "Car of the Year" for 1976. Apparently buyers were also impressed, as over 85,000 coupes were sold that year.

 

Miscellaneous 1976 Production Figures

Base Coupe with V-8 engine

8,769

Road Runner Package

7,348

Super Pak Package

1,903

 

Engine Transmission

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios

225 Slant Six 3-speed manual 3.21 2.94, 3.21 Sure Grip
4-speed manual 3.21 3.21 Sure Grip
3-speed automatic 2.76 2.94, 3.21, 3.21 Sure Grip
318 V-8 3-speed manual 2.45 2.76, 2.94, 3.21, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip
4-speed manual 2.94 3.21, 3.21 Sure Grip
3-speed automatic 2.45 2.76, 2.94, 3.21, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip
360 V-8 3-speed automatic 2.76 2.45, 2.94, 3.21, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip

 

1976 Engine Specifications 225 Slant Six 318 cid V-8 360 cid V-8
compression ratio 8.4:1 8.5:1 8.4:1
horsepower 100 @ 3,600 150 @ 4,000 170 @ 4,000
torque 170 @ 1,600 255 @ 1,600 280 @ 2,400
carburetor 1-barrel 2-barrel 2-barrel

 

1976 Powertrain

 Options

Transmission

Volare Coupe

225 Slant Six

3-speed manual

standard

4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic optional
318 V-8 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic optional
360 V-8 3-speed automatic optional

            

1976 Volare Color Availability
Volare Silver Cloud Metallic, Big Sky Blue, Jamaican Blue Metallic, Spitfier Orange, Claret Red, Jade Green Metallic, Tropic Green Metallic, Deep Sherwood Metallic, Sahara Beige, Saddle Tan, Caramel Tan Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic, Harvest Gold, Spanish Gold Metallic, Spinnaker White, Formal Black

 

1977  Glass T-Tops were now available on all Volare coupes. A canopy vinyl roof was also available, which put a vinyl covering over the front two-thirds of the roof. The 225 cid slant-six engine now had an optional 2-barrel carburetor version, called the "Super Six". The 360 cid V-8 was now available with a 4-barrel carburetor, which also included the "Lean-Burn" system. The lean-burn system used a Spark Control Computer to monitor engine functions to precisely time the firing of the spark plugs, resulting in the leanest fuel mixture possible. The results, however, were less than satisfying, resulting in many lean burn systems being disabled by their owners.

 

The entire Volare line-up was pretty much the same as in 1976. The Premier Coupes now included a hood medallion. Volares with T-Tops or the manual sun-roof options were called "Sun Runners". The Road Runner package returned unchanged 1977, under the "Front Runner" heading. As in 1976, there were three different options under the Road Runner heading. The Road Runner Decor group included dual sport mirrors, Ralleye wheel trim rings, and wheel lip moldings. The Road Runner Package provided E70 X 14 raised white letter tires, heavy duty suspension, Ralleye road wheels without the trim rings, blacked out grill, Road Runner decals and tape stripes, and the 'beep beep" horn. Why the Decor and Road Runner packages were not simply combined into one package is anybody's guess. Finally, the "Front Runner" Super Pak package returned, available only on coupes with the Road Runner package, and included Spitfire Orange paint, multi color tape stripes, front and rear spoilers, quarter window louvers, and wheel opening flares. Although not as powerful as the original 68-70 Road Runners, a Volare Road Runner with the Super Pak package was truly one of the hottest looking cars on the road.

 

Miscellaneous 1977 Production Figures

Road Runner Package

4,575

Super Pak Package

2,398

T-Tops 2,275
Coupes with V-8 Engine 24,466

 

Engine Transmission

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios

225 Slant Six 1-barrel 3-speed manual 3.21 2.94, 3.21 Sure Grip
4-speed manual 3.21 3.21 Sure Grip
3-speed automatic 2.76 2.94, 3.21, 2.7 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip
225 Slant Six 2-barrel 3-speed manual 3.21 3.21 Sure Grip
4-speed manual 3.21 3.21 Sure Grip
3-speed automatic 2.76 2.94, 3.21, 3.21 Sure Grip
318 V-8 3-speed manual 2.9 3.21, 3.21 Sure Grip
4-speed manual 2.94 3.21, 3.21 Sure Grip
3-speed automatic 2.7 2.4, 2.94, 3.21, 2.4 Sure Grip, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip
360 V-8 2-barrel 3-speed automatic 2.4 2.7, 2.94, 3.21, 2.4 Sure Grip, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip
360 V-8 4-barrel 3-speed automatic 3.2 3.21 Sure Grip

  

1977 Engine Specifications 225 Slant Six 225 Slant Six 318 cid V-8 360 cid V-8 360 cid V-8
compression ratio 8.4:1 8.4:1 8.5:1 8.4:1 8.0:1
horsepower 100 @ 3,600 110 @ 3,600 145 @ 4,000 155 @ 3,600 175 @ 4,000
torque 170 @ 1,600 180 @ 2,000 245 @ 1,600 275 @ 2,000 275 @ 2,000
carburetor 1-barrel 2-barrel 2-barrel 2-barrel 4-barrel

 

1977 Powertrain

 Options

Transmission

Volare Coupe

225 Slant Six 1-barrel

3-speed manual

standard

4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic optional

225 Slant Six 2-barrel

3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic optional
318 V-8 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic optional
360 V-8 3-speed automatic optional

                     

1977 Volare Color Availability
Volare Silver Cloud Metallic, French Racing Blue, Regatta Blue Metallic, Starlight Blue Sunfire Metallic, Spitfire Orange, Vintage Red Sunfire Metallic, Jade Green Metallic, Forest Green Sunfire Metallic, Mojave Beige, Light Mocha Tan, Russet Sunfire Metallic, Caramel Tan Metallic, Spanish Gold Metallic, Yellow Blaze, Spinnaker White, Formal Black Sunfire Metallic

                           

Volare Production

Volare Coupe

Volare Custom

Volare Premier

Total % Production Change
1976 30,191 27,656 27,442 85,289  
1977 32,264 30,230 17,852 80,346 -5.80%

              

Specifications Volare
Length (inches) 197.5
Width (inches)
72.8
Height (inches) 53.1
Curb Weight
76 3,160
77 3,180
Wheelbase (inches) 108.5
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 76 18
77 Slant 6 18
V-8 20