Midway through the 1976 model year, Dodge unveiled its replacement for the Dart as its entry in the compact-car segment. That new vehicle was badged as the Aspen; was available in standard, custom and custom special edition trim; and as a coupe, sedan or station wagon, something Dodge hadn’t offered in compact size for a decade.
The Pick of the Day is a 1978 Dodge Aspen coupe, and if that isn’t rare enough to see on this website, this one has factory-installed T tops, a $572 option back in the day.
And, it’s equipped with a V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission.
The Aspen is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Federal Way, Washington, who notes that the car has had one owner since it was purchased new.
Though the car’s description in the advertisement is sparse, we do learn that the car has never been in an accident, not even a fender-bender; is in nice condition inside and out, and it “starts and runs quite smoothly.”
Like so many other Aspen coupes, it has a landau-style vinyl roof. That roof wears “Special Edition” badging, indicating that this is the upscale trim model.
It also has a 318cid V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, power front disc brakes, factory air conditioning, 60/40 front split seating, and “other package groups included,” though we aren’t told what they might be.
The seller does note that the car is rust free, having been garage-kept most of its life, and that while the odometer shows 45,400 miles, it has turned over once, so that actual figure is 145,400.