Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Aspen (no, not the SUV) is claimed to be only one of 145 to have been its peculiar mix of luxury fitment and economy aspirations. While obviously not popular when new, let’s see if its price makes it in vogue now.
Citroën’s used to be weird. I mean like the girl who liked bats back in Eighth Grade weird. Of course, if you got to know that girl you might have found that you like bats too, and also that Goth was a thing. It could have been a game changer.
Driving an old Citroën CX can change your outlook on life too, especially if you are particularly sensitive to motion sickness as the cars’ hydropneumatic suspension engendered a unique ride quality that might just leave you feeling as green as its suspension’s high pressure reservoirs. That’s a risk many would take, and with a 58% Nice Price win they might just do so in yesterday’s grey market 1988 Citroën CX 220 TRS. Of course seeing as its present owner has been trying to rid himself of the car for four years now that’s possibly unlikely.
Consider if you will, all the technology packed into yesterday’s CX, and then realize that the car was introduced in 1974. It had that fancy suspension, the creepy self-centering steering, an aerodynamic kamm-tail body, and enough Gallic charm to woo the pants off you.
Now have a look at today’s 1978 Dodge Aspen, a car that came from the same era as the CX, having been introduced by Chrysler, along with it’s Plymouth Volare (Whoa-oh!) twin two years after the French tour de force.
Okay, let’s not look too closely because it makes America look bad and I don’t want to do that.
This Aspen was fitted with a “Special Edition” package that included the T-roof, A/C, and most likely that sweet half-vinyl topper and Special Edition script badging. The ad says that it was one of 145 cars built by Dodge with that package and the economical 225-cid Slant Six and a four-speed stick. Now, I didn’t even know that you could get an Aspen with a four speed stick, so I’m already impressed.
Possibly more impressive is the fact that this Aspen ( Ass-pen, sounds like some really shitty porn movie, doesn’t it?) has only 62,000 miles on the clock. I’ll bet the Slant Six is just getting broken in.
Of course, time tends to do more than miles to affect a car’s condition, and here you’ll see a lot of fading of the interior vinyl, some wrinkling of the white landau top, and some hazing of the blue paint. Another place where the car’s age shows is in the slots in the bumper where the factory jack would be mounted. Does anybody remember those?
The seller says that the car runs and drives well, subjective praise that is pretty ubiquitous across the classifieds. But honestly, there’s not a lot that could have gone wrong here, it’s not a Citroën after all.
What is the entry cost to owning this t-topped and Slant Six’d Aspen? The ad says $9,500, and seeing as most of these rusted out within a couple of years of leaving the factory, this might be one of the last chances to experience one of Mopar’s malaise era haulers.
Is that $9,500 asking a fair price for a one of 145-built car? Or, is this Aspen just asking for trouble?
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