A stunning automotive relic has emerged from decades of slumber in Southern California, making its grand debut on the renowned auction platform BringATrailer.com. The 1978 Plymouth Trail Duster Sport, an incomplete project when acquired by its current seller in 2022, now stands as a testament to meticulous restoration and modernization.
Under the dedicated ownership, this classic off-roader received a vibrant makeover, boasting a resplendent mango-colored finish complemented by eye-catching multi-color striped decals. The exterior enhancements didn’t stop there – a tan Softopper soft top now graces the vehicle, enhancing its aesthetic allure while embodying a sense of rugged sophistication.
Adorned with US Wheel 17-inch wheels, powdered in striking white and adorned with chrome baby-moon hubcaps, this Trail Duster rides proudly on Ironman All Country M/T 35-inch tires, a combination that speaks volumes about both style and capability. Not to be outdone, a Rough Country 4-inch lift kit was carefully installed, elevating this vintage charmer to new heights, both literally and figuratively.
Step inside, and you’re greeted by a refurbished cabin showcasing front bucket seats and a rear bench upholstered in a tasteful brown cloth with vinyl accents. The dashboard, highlighted by woodgrain and black trim, exudes an air of nostalgia complemented by modern amenities like a Bluetooth-capable RetroSound head unit and a high-quality JL Audio amplifier paired with Infinity speakers and Alphasonik subwoofers.
The heart of this beast lies under the hood – a robust 5.9-liter (360 cubic-inch) LA V8 engine, now equipped with a FiTech Go Street fuel-injection system, ensuring enhanced performance and reliability. Extensive mechanical refurbishments include a re-cored radiator, a refreshed cooling system, and a comprehensive overhaul of the air-conditioning setup, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride in any climate.
This Trail Duster not only promises a commanding presence on the road but also delivers on the performance front. Power is channeled through a three-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range transfer case, enabling confident maneuverability on various terrains.
Presented with a removable hardtop and accompanied by refurbishment records, this Trail Duster is a rare find, offered with a California title. However, prospective buyers should note that it is currently registered as Planned Non-Operation in California, having not undergone an emissions test post-modifications.
Enthusiasts and collectors alike have the chance to bid on this restored and revitalized 1978 Plymouth Trail Duster Sport, an embodiment of vintage charm fused with modern upgrades. With bidding closing on Tuesday, November 21 at 2:39 P.M. EDT, this auction on BringATrailer.com is an opportunity to own a piece of automotive history that’s been carefully rejuvenated for a new era.
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