Junkyard Find: 1976 Dodge Aspen

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

It’s hard to believe that the Dodge Aspen was once a common sight on the street, seen as frequently back in the Malaise Era as CR-Vs are today. Cops drove them, college students drove them, old ladies drove them; as the successor to the Dart, the Aspen was about as mainstream as it was possible to be. Then, sometime around about 1990, just about all of them were swallowed up by a hole in the earth.

Every so often, however, an Aspen hangs on long enough to show up in a self-service wrecking yard. Here’s one I found in a Denver yard yesterday.

What can I say about this interior? The less said, the better.

This example appears to have a pretty hefty selection of quasi-luxurious options, including the much-sought-after “Schnauzer On A Stick” heraldic crest on the grille.

You can’t go wrong with a Slant Six under the hood. Well, unless it’s a LeBaron.










Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • And003 And003 on May 14, 2012

    If this was an R/T model, I'd buy it. I always had a soft spot for the Aspen R/Ts. If I had one, I could salvage the body shell and glass, and swap out everything else. Then I'd have a custom chassis installed in place of the original unibody chassis.

  • The Dark One The Dark One on Aug 12, 2012

    My neighbor had one of these, the same color, and her best friend had a same year white Volare. Sure enough, around 1990 - 91 it was replaced in her driveway by a Nissan Sentra.

  • 28-Cars-Later I guess Santa showed up with bales of cash for Mitsu this past Christmas.
  • Lou_BC I was looking at an extended warranty for my truck. The F&I guy was trying to sell me on the idea by telling me how his wife's Cadillac had 2 infotainment failures costing $4,600 dollars each and how it was very common in all of their products. These idiots can't build a reliable vehicle and they want me to trust them with the vehicle "taking over" for me.
  • Sobhuza Trooper Like fusion power, the I.D. Buzz is only 30 years away.
  • Lou_BC "respondents between 18 and 80 years old" Basically anyone deemed an adult who might be allowed to drive.
  • Lou_BC They will do fine if they come up with some cool sedans ;)
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