At times, I get a feeling that many Mopar guys see late-model cars as a means for a good engine and transmission to swap into their much more valuable cars. I am a personal fan of a leaning tower of power, but the 318 in this 1977 Dodge Aspen R/T seems to be a nice match-up. Check out this well-preserved Aspen listed here on craigslist.
Ah, behold the not-so-big 318 V8. According to the owner, it recently went through a full rebuild and was bored .030 over. I’m not sure where that puts the displacement now, but I can’t imagine the displacement gain is all that significant. A slew of other NOS parts have been fitted, and the entire engine bay looks very clean.
The interior seems to be as nice as the engine. The dash is absolutely mint, and a period Hurst shifter was added for a little extra “muscle”. The seats are in beautiful condition, and the red vinyl presents well. I think, for the most part, this car was well-loved in its heyday and the current owner sees a similar value in it as well.
To add to the already expansive list of parts, a brand new set of wheels and tires have been fitted with an approximate value of over $2000. I have to say, for $14,000, this might not be a bad deal. If it were automatic, I’d feel differently. Given the fact it’s a 4 speed with an overdrive, I think there is a little bit of a cool factor that comes with it already being an R/T.