- Last Updated: 1/26/19
- Ad Source: Craigslist
- Seller Type: Private Owner
***Notice – Ad is a Repost***
Model Trim: XE
Powertrain: 318 4V Auto
Asking Price: $8,500
Seller Type: Private Owner
Contact: No Longer Available
Message: I am selling my (original Owner) 1978 Dodge Magnum XE as I will be needing additional garage space for my next car, so I have decided to sell my Immaculate Factory OEM/NOS Fresh 1978 DODGE MAGNUM XE
This Magnum XE (California Car) without a doubt one of the finest examples of ANY 1978 Survivor Car in America. . . Positively it must be the nicest example of a 1978 Dodge Magnum XE Survivor Show Car, I have collected scores of first place wins whenever shown in its respective class. Original 53K mile TRUE CALIFORNIA CAR it’s never left the state of California NOT ONCE since I got it brand new in 1978. . . I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER. . . yes I got this Magnum brand spanking FULLY LOADED with almost $3000 in Factory Options on a car that carried a base price of $5499 it was rare to find one with another $3.000 in dress up, performance and luxury Options!!. . . I got the new from Mike at West Valley Dodge (Now Defunct) in Los Gatos California 37 years ago. . . Options include Basic Group — Air Conditioning, Tinted Glass ALL WINDOWS, Light Package, Landau Vinyl ½ roof (very hot styling feature in 1978) Undercoating, Hood Silencer Pad, Deluxe intermittent Windshield Wipers that’s just for starters then let’s add all these other luxury, dress up and convenience items listed below
Deluxe color keyed seatbelts, Trunk Dress-Up featuring carpet and chrome trim with space saver spare (Never Used to this day!), Heavy Duty Non-Lockup (fortunately) Torque Flight Transmission, 318-4V Engine, Dual Sport Mirrors (body Color), Electronic Digital Clock, Pedal Dress-Up (chrome trim on Gas, E-brake and Brake pedals to give a deluxe look!, Hood and Deck Stripes, Factory Vinyl body side molding, Factory Locking Gas Cap, Deluxe Protective rub strips on bumpers front and rear for much improved finished luxury look, Auto speed control, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Driver Seat, Power Trunk Release, Power Antenna, Leather Steering wheel, Tilt Wheel, A/C (which still blows ICY COLD), Intermittent Wipers (new for 78 and rare), Cruise Control, Dual Sport (Racing Style) Remote Mirrors, Trunk dress up, Factory Locking gas cap, Full Luxury Rub strips on bumpers front and rear (Rare Option), Super Sporty Aluminum Fascia True Road Wheels with XE Centers (Ultra Rare) like the other road wheels better remove the aluminum facia’s and find the Road Wheels behind them, Rich and Plush Corinthian Leather (Driver Side Power Seat, Passenger Power Seat was not an available option) Bucket Seats with Dual Recliners (1978 option only!) With separate center folding armrest option. . . (These are true individual bucket seats not a 60/40 deal!!!) This Magnum was Garage kept since new (still has new car smell. . . NO JOKE)
This car is as close to flawless condition as one will ever find. . . this car has never been outside CALIFORNIA In its life. . . This is a TRUE CALIFORNIA ONE OWNER CAR. . . Which is a real advantage as cars on the east coast rust away to nothing. . . this car has never ever been in snow and rarely in rain. . . The seats are without any mark as they always had soft material placed on them and then I sat on that. . . no contact between my clothes and the seats is why they look as they do. . . FLAWLESS!
Motive Power Comes in the form of the ultra-reliable and powerful 318-4V workhorse that runs like a Swiss watch. Starts and runs like a dream. . . Magnums despite their sporty good and NASCAR Heritage unfortunately were not overly fast compared to a new Hellcat Challenger whether you got a 318, 360 or 400. This car has lightly and but tastefully modified over the years with Carter 6139S Thermo-Quad 4BBL (same as used as a replacement for the 71 Dart 340. True Dual Exhaust without Cats, Orange Box ignition, M/T (Mickey Thompson valve covers which are valuable (Vintage Speed Parts) as they are not common at all for Mopars installed about 1980 long before Mickey Thompson’s death in 1988, and the complete performance distributor kit from Direct Connection. Cosmetically there is practically zero deviance from stock. . . the main part is expensive painted on strips to authentically duplicate original tape strips.. This has the Extra Heavy Duty 999 5-Clutch transmission Wide Intermediate Band Transmission rebuilt and improved by the experts at Automotive Performance Specialists as seen in Mopar Muscle Years ago. . . They actually manufacture parts to make a torque flite transmission shift like it should!!!… And does it ever. . . it’s the finest shifting 3 speed torque flite transmission you will ever drive precise and robust
Just installed an NOS MOPAR Grille and NOS MOPAR Lights and NOS MOPAR cornering lights up front. . . I had for years to make it even more factory fresh. Vehicle was painted in 1983 at a cost of $4000 years ago approximately $10,000 in today’s dollars… Why… Because I was writing in numerous automobile magazines and I wanted the best… So I bought it… the car was dressed with German Glasurit Polyurethane Paint (MATCHED FACTORY COLOR) and hand striped by a master striper as seen in magazines. . . he did it in paint to very closely duplicate the original stripes but in paint for a luxury tape can not give. . . the Original tape stripes in my opinion looked cheap not up to a Master’s paint job or to the caliber of Ricardo Montobalns Rich Corinthian Leather inside the car. . . So I had the best striper I could find duplicate the strips… I wanted a Lamborghini style quality SHOW CAR finish and I got it
There is not one door ding, scrape, chip or anything in this car, glass (Factory tinted all around) is awesome with ZERO delamination. . . the overall condition is positively a 9.99 Condition out of 10, carpet is flawless, dash is flawless with NO CRACKS and still supple, windows still have Road Ready Sticker on then and original front window has the perfect condition emission sticker affixed from when it was made in 1978, Seats are SUPPLE and PERFECT. . . This car IS NOT like the heaps one sees on eBay typically with rusted floors and blown out motors. . . this is COLLECTOR GRADE, ULTIMATE SURVIVOR GRADE
This is truly a “A+++ COLLECTOR GRADE ORIGINAL OWNER Survivor Car”. . . It is 100% ROAD READY could drive anywhere especially to shows. . . it’s one in a million.. It’s not just any car. . . It’s a REAL MAGNUM XE!
This car does not have all the original smog equipment installed that is one reason why it runs so well!!!… Smog Devices would need to be reinstalled to use in VERY SMOG RESTRICTIVE STATES like CALIFORNIA… PLEASE check with your local ordinances before bidding… I will not reinstall smog devices or pay to have them reinstalled!
I have all sorts of documentation and the original window sticker to authenticate this vehicle and its originality. . . I may even have the check that was originally written to buy the car. . . Also comes with original Dodge Factory Service Manuals set
BONUS: Included is BRAND NEW TOP OF THE LINE Weather Shield HD Car Cover I just paid over $500 for this VERY special CAR COVER
This 6 Minute 1978 Magnum XE Auction Video Watch it run, Watch it drive video taken within the last week!!!
SEE IT AND HEAR IT RUN IN THIS VIDEO https://youtu.be/yzp6hNjiYXk
Additional Pictures Please Visit this link: http://youtu.be/lToURhFX9n8
Here is interior shots any bleaching of colors is due 100% to sunlight reflections and my ADMITTEDLY totally crappy photography skills… not an actual defect. . .I think these photos demonstrate that unbelievable condition of interior. . . Dual recliners offer big comfort and are probably reflective of the time the car was made. . . a free love attitude Anything Goes in 1978. . . Disco Mirror Balls, Saturday Night Fever, Platform Shoes and Angel Flite Pants. . . HAHA… Yes original BLUE CA Plates… You can find a CHEAPER Magnum on eBay or Craigslist with rust and a burned out interior and whooped motor… then pay 3X as much trying to restore it to a condition like mine… but you never will as the parts are not available… Want a Magnum then buy the best up front… It will save you huge dollars in the end!!!