When Dodge replaced the compact Dart with the slightly larger Aspen for the 1976 model year, it promoted the newer car as “the family car of the future.” So perhaps we should present the Pick of the Day, a 1977 Dodge Aspen station wagon, as the family car of the past.
Or perhaps simply as a vehicle available for 4 figures that you rarely see on the road these days.
According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, Dodge rolled out more than 111,000 Aspen wagons for the 1977 model year, though the private seller in West Hampton Beach, New York, probably is not incorrect when noting, “This is a really rare vehicle and is in excellent condition.
“All original — clean and sharp looking. It’s a head-turner. Runs beautifully. Daily driver.”
The seller notes that the wagon recently has gotten a new fuel tank; fuel, air, and oil filters; belts; ignition wires; spark plugs; and rebuilt carburetor.
The Aspen station wagon has Chrysler’s amazing 225cid Slant-6 engine and the Standard Catalog points out that when installed in wagons, which were slightly heavier than sedans or coupes, those engines were equipped with 2-barrel carburetors rather than the standard single barrel. The Slant-6 is linked to an automatic transmission.
The odometer shows 66,750 miles.
“Other than maybe getting it detailed, there’s really nothing needed on this car,” the seller says.
“There are two tiny holes in the back of the front seat. All upholstery otherwise in great condition. The rear seat folds down, but there is not a rear-facing seat. This is a relatively small wagon.
“Extremely nice to drive and easy to handle, has great visibility all around. Rear opens as a hatchback (as opposed to a swing door), with an original roof rack.”
The seller adds that the Aspen’s heater works, but the car is not equipped with air conditioning.