Until I read the Guardianpiece by Laura Barton on Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner," I never gave much thought to the kind of car he was driving past the Stop and Shop. It probably wasn't a Roadrunner, which Plymouth unleashed in 1968 to boost its muscle car profile. No Slant-6, this baby had a 383-cc V8 under the hood, and an extra 700 bucks would get you a hemi like the one in the painting above (from the Damox site).
Chrysler paid Warner Brothers $50,000 for the rights to use the Roadrunner cartoon character. Good deal.
BTW: Jonathan Richman plays the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight and tomorrow night. 15 bucks. Will he take the BQE to get there?