In the early 1970s the automotive world was reeling from the twin crises of new smog laws, safety laws, and increasing fuel prices…whoops, that’s three crises. Anyway, this meant that the performance of the late 1960s was gone and so Chrysler did what any reasonable domestic OEM would do…and that was the replace performance with slap-on gaudy cosmetic pieces of trim and pray that people didn’t realize that European and Japanese auto makers were building better product. What you see next is a resurrection of the Road Runner name on a Plymouth Volare, which was a rebadged Dodge Aspen. Find this 1977 Plymouth Volare Road Runner offered for $11,500 in Rockville Centre, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I love a good classic American 70s wagon as much as the next guy, but I was frankly astounded and flabbergasted when I discovered that a 5k mile 78 Ford LTD Country Squire sold on Bringatrailer.com for an eye watering $45,000 yesterday. Forget the corona virus, there is a far greater threat to humanity — […]
The Dodge Aspen was a compact sedan/coupe built on a chassis shared with the Plymouth Volaré, Dodge Dart, & Chrysler Valiant. This next example is priced at a fairly high asking price…but how many low mile Aspens in nice shape can possibly exist on the planet? Find this 1978 Dodge Aspen offered for $7200 in Ft […]
When you think about F-body cars, Chrysler compacts from the late 70’s likely don’t come to mind first. The Dodge Aspen and its twin Chrysler Volare’ were made from 1976-1980 and were successors to the very popular Dart/Duster/Valiant triplets. The Aspen sedan and wagon rode on a longer wheel base than the coupes. Small block […]
by Glenn — The 70’s were a time of change for the car industry…gas shortages, smog equipment, and new safety regulations all had a major effect on car manufactures and consumers alike. Car designs started to evolve around new crash standards resulting in…well lets just say it wasn’t pretty. Most North American cars were utilitarian […]
The real trick to building a proper sleeper is that the car needs to be ugly. Not just rusty, or damaged, and you don’t want to get Pontiac Aztec ugly. The trick is to find some dumpy reject from the late ’70s that no one in his right mind would ever consider sporty. Enter the […]
The Dodge Aspen (and Plymouth Volaré) was the successor to the popular Dodge Dart platform and was bestowed with the 1976 Car of the Year award by Motor Trend. The Aspen won’t be headlining any auctions at Barrett-Jackson or Mecum in the near future, but it looks oddly cool in R/T trim and was surprisingly […]