1977 Dodge Aspen Wagon
Retro Station Wagon
1977 Dodge Aspen Wagon
- Clean Survivor Example
- 225 Slant 6-Cylinder 2bbl
- Recent Service: New Fuel Tank, Fuel Filter, Air Filter, Oil Filter, Belts, Ignition Wires, Spake Plugs, and Carb Rebuild
- Original Owners Manual and Maintenance Records
- Cool and Rare
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“The Aspen served my family very well. 34 years of faithful service, and over 360,000 miles. So many memories are tied up in that car. My fondness for station wagons is all as a result of this car. Anytime I see an Aspen, I get a little pain in my stomach for my old girl.” – User post on Curbside Classic website, September 2016
For many folks of a certain age now, there is a station wagon somewhere in the family history. A family hauler that gave kids memories of road trips to seemingly exotic destinations; Disneyland, Wisconsin Dells, the North woods, the Wild West, wherever. The car, stuffed with camping gear or suitcases, was always a key part of the memory. National Lampoon's “Vacation” hilariously tapped into these shared experiences, and in the movie, sure enough, the “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” had a big role. All this is by way of noting that station wagons have particular meaning for Americans.
Offered here is a 1977 Dodge Aspen station wagon in Camel tan over tan, that might well have starred in a family's vacation movies. Showing 67,348 miles on the odometer—a very conservative 1,500 miles per-year on average—this Aspen wagon is a true, low-mileage survivor. With comprehensive recent maintenance, the wagon's ready to make lots more memories.
The car's exterior paint is original and quite presentable. The finish is free of damage while showing some fading expected of a car this age. However, there are no signs of body damage or panel replacement. Chrome trim, including the bumpers, grille, bodyside molding, roof rack, and mirrors, is in very good condition. Lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks; cabin glass also shows no major flaws. Factory “Aspen” emblems and Dodge lettering are properly in place. Full wheel covers are mounted on original steel wheels with Good Year raised-white-letter tires installed black-side out.
Inside the car, tan vinyl upholstery on the seats and door trim closely matches the car's exterior Camel tan. The design features vertical pleats on the upper portions of the seats and a textured vinyl surface with tufting buttons on the lower cushions. Carpeting is matching tan with fading noted in places, particularly in the rear cargo area behind the fold-down rear seat. A woodgrain accented steering wheel frames straightforward gauges; the automatic-transmission shifter is column-mounted. The car's original pushbutton AM radio remains in place. The condition of all the upholstery and hard surfaces in the interior is extremely good with no signs of damage or abuse. The car's original owner's manual remains in the glovebox.
Under the hood, the “Super Six”-branded, Chrysler 225 cubic-inch slant-six engine with 2-barrel carburetor is original to the car. This was the base powerplant. The engine bay is properly ordered and complete, but it has not been overly detailed. Viewed from below, the same is true for the station wagon's undercarriage: complete, unmodified, and undamaged. There is no indication of body-panel rust.
The Aspen's VIN tag and build-information data tags are in place and unaltered.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '77 Aspen Wagon in detail, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
It's worth noting that the user who posted the story (mentioned above) of his Aspen wagon on the Curbside Classic website noted his car's mileage: 360,000. As they say, “Your mileage may vary,” but even if this Camel tan '77 Aspen wagon only gets to half that number, it'll mean its next owner could easily have more than 120,000 miles worth of memories ahead.