Monday, June 22, 2015

5k: Mooo: 1977 Pymouth Volare Wagon

This next feature is (or should be) instantly recognizable as coming from a recognizable classic car seller out of Lakeland, Florida.  The seller originally sold cars with the seller name ClassicsbyLash, later changed to aaaclassics1983 and now seems to be called classicarivals...but features the same well posed and HDR'd photos of impeccably clean classics.  Find this 1977 Pymouth Volare Wagon here on eBay currently bidding for $5,805 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go.


The Volare (okay, it is technically the Volaré) was a badge engineered version of the Dodge Aspen that was the 1976  Motor Trend "Car of the Year" prize, and so totally plagued by quality defects (and recalls) that it almost caused Chrysler to go bankrupt. 



This brown cow is powered by a 225 cubic inch slant-6, the iron block G-engine that was built in various forms from 1959 through 2000.  The undersquare (stroke longer than width of bore) design is undesirable for power and revvs, but great of producing lots of torque at low rpms -- great for farm equipment, airplane tugs, and forklifts. 


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10 comments:

  1. With this cruiser-mobile, one must be vigilant against these...

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/OAjc0bI.jpg[/img]

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  2. I think its obligatory that I post this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnWHQCgByWg

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  3. The slant 6 was actually a tough motor. Its too bad that it never stuck around long enough to receive fuel injection as the carb suffered from icing in the wet weather (would stall) and vapor lock or percolation in the hot weather (would stall lol) The best feature of the slant 6 was that despite its undersquare design, it had an unlimited rev limit if you were a 16 year old boy borrowing the family Valiant.....

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  4. The slant 6 was actually a tough motor. Its too bad that it never stuck around long enough to receive fuel injection as the carb suffered from icing in the wet weather (would stall) and vapor lock or percolation in the hot weather (would stall lol) The best feature of the slant 6 was that despite its undersquare design, it had an unlimited rev limit if you were a 16 year old boy borrowing the family Valiant.....

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  5. Horrendous exterior photography. Overproduced with too much glare and reflection to allow any sort of meaningful inspection.

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    1. True, perhaps, but the woodgrain does in fact look like 20K original miles so maybe the paint and chrome readlly do have a decent shine.

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  6. Had one of these for my driver training car in high school. Dark blue, no woodgrain. I don't recall it being all that bad to drive, of course at age fifteen-and-change our life experience isn't particularly broad and that kind of driver-training program is not the place to learn the niceties of threshold braking and lift-throttle oversteer anyway.

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  7. Shame it is in Florida and at that price range. I absolutely love this cars to death and would buy it in a heartbeat.

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  8. Once upon a time my mother decided it was a good idea to leave me in the back seat with the engine running in one of these when I was about 4-5 years old. I was left in the parked car alone in the day care parking lot. I jumped in front and put that baby in gear and cruised all the way across the yard and into the partially excavated crawlspace for the new addition my father was putting on the house. What can I say? I've always liked cars. I don't recall any damage being done. Just needed a tow truck to pull the car out of the 2-3ft dirt wall.

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  9. I had one of these, brand new. Bought on the recco from C/R and the car mags to replace our too small (but much loved) Pinto Wagon. The Volare was the biggest piece of junk I ever owned - delivered with many flaws and seemed to grow worse as we owned it. But - I still like the looks of these wagons and the compact size was just right then and still would be today.

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