The owner refers to this 1979 Dodge Aspen R/T as a “muscle car”, would you agree? I guess, for the times, I would have to agree with that statement. Of course, you can’t compare a 1979 vehicle to the classic late-60s/early-70s muscle car era. But, this may have been as close to a muscle car as there was in 1979. This R/T is on Craigslist in Gaffney, Georgia, about 1/3 of the way between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, with an asking price of $6,995. Thanks to Rocco B for tracking down this R/T!
The car appears to be in really nice condition, other than the missing chunk of grille seen here. The seller mentions that this car hasn’t been redone and it appears to be mostly original, other than the American mags. There is no mention as to if the OEM rally wheels come with so I’m assuming that they do not. Bummer. You can see that the trunk is partially-open in this photo but, alas, there are no photos of the trunk. Again, sellers, CL ads include at least a dozen free photos, please take more photos of your vehicles! (I’m preaching to the choir, I know)
The interior looks pretty darn presentable, how’s that for being understated! Of course, you can see the column-mounted automatic shift lever so this isn’t a 4-speed floor-shifter car. That would have made for an enjoyable way to wring the power out of the “muscle car” engine. Although, my 20-year old, rusty Subaru Outback winter beater has a touch more hp than the slightly-detuned California version of this car does; just as an odd observation. This interior looks like it’s in great shape, but I do see a crack in the dash, and what’s going on above the door on the passenger side? Is that just worn or chipped paint or is that rust starting there? I hope that’s not the case but it sure looks like it to me. Like the no-trunk photo, there are only two interior photos and none of the backseat or any detail photos, but the two included front seat photos show a good-looking car, in my opinion.
Here’s where the “muscle car” debate may begin and end, with Dodge’s 360, 4-barrel V8 with about 195 hp! For 1979 that’s a decent amount of power. The engine bay looks fairly tidy and some detailing would do wonders here. There doesn’t appear to be really rust or corrosion or any glaring red flags here; do you see anything that looks like trouble here? This car would have had a 0-60 time of around 8-seconds, not bad at all for today, let alone in 1979 when emissions and other factors were killing the power in our “muscle cars”. Any thoughts on this one? Is this a fair price for this car, given it’s nice condition and top engine and AC and cruise control options?