The end the 70s were not a great time for the automobile industry. The beauty and power of the muscle cars were heavily affected by the resource limitations, environmental regulations, and safety issues. A lot of companies were either forced to completely cancel the production or to redesign their cars. But out of the dark, there were still some awesome cars that brought hope to their fans. The cars like the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and the BMW 2002 Turbo were very popular during the Disco era but very few know about the 1978 Dodge Aspen Super Coupe.
Some people may think that this solid muscle car is a custom but it is actually an all stock Aspen Super. Only 351 were built back in 1978 which is why these cars are very rare today. According to its original commercial, it features “hot stripes, ‘blacked out’ where it counts, road wheels, and a whole lot more”. The Aspen Super is the most expensive of the Aspen line. The additional features it had were the quarter window louvers, fender flares, rear spoiler, front air dam, interior rim, and sticker package.
The Super Coupe was only available in 1 color scheme, the Sable Tan Sunfire Metallic or simply called as brown. To have a sportier look, the Super Coupe’s hood was painted in black. On the performance side, it received an improved heavy duty suspension setup that features a rear sway bar and bigger GR60x15 inch wheels fitted with Aramid-fiber radials.
The thing that makes an Aspen into a Super is its super large 5.9 L 360 cubic inch LA-V8 engine which is the biggest engine of all Aspens. It is rated at 175 horsepower with a torque of 280 lb.-ft. at 2,000 rpm, which may not really sound great if it was not released in the late 70s. The 175 horsepower may be less, but it was enough to beat the Firebird Trans Am’s time at the 0 to 60 mph sprint. The Super Coupes were only offered with the 3-speed Torque Flite automatic.
This featured 1978 Dodge Aspen Super Coupe is a very solid example and is probably one of the very few left in such a solid condition. It was recently sold on eBay and the seller has added that it is has been driven regularly and runs smoothly without any troubles. It has been serviced with new oils and fluids so the next owner won’t have any trouble. The interior has some minor crash on the dash and features “sporty bucket seats, naturally, with folding armrest,” which is surprising when you consider that most of the cars in its time were made with cheap materials.
The Super Coupe came with a clean California title and a recent Smog certificate. The Sable Tan Sunfire Metallic paint has some minor peeling but the car still looks good. What’s important is the body looks very solid and can easily be repainted if the next owner chooses to do so.
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