Junkyard Find: 1977 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon
Commonplace as the Dodge Aspen was during the Middle and Late Malaise Era— you saw them on American roads in 1980 or so about as often as you’d see, say, Hyundai Accents today. The Aspen (and its Plymouth sibling, the Volaré) didn’t hold their value so well, and nearly all of them were crushed by the early 1990s. I photograph them whenever I see them, of course, but that isn’t often. In this series before today, we’ve seen this ’76 Aspen sedan, this ’76 Volaré sedan, this brown-on-beige ’77 Volaré coupe and this ’77 Volaré Premier wagon, and now we’ve got a mossy, lichen-covered Northern California Aspen wagon.
The winters in the San Francisco Bay Area are cold and wet, and a car that spends a few years (or maybe a couple of decades) parked in shade will gather moss.
And, much like cars that spend years in the birch forests of northern Sweden, this car has provided a home for lichens.
Think the 318 under the hood is still good? Probably so, but these engines get few takers these days.
Such an expanse of brown vinyl!
Better than a Nova? That’s a tough call.
Writer d'Elegance Brougham Landau.
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