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For Sale: 1977 Dodge Monaco
in New Castle, Pennsylvania

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Some people think the yellow-sided, black-topped Royal Monaco has passed from endangered status to extinction. They don't believe the rare and scattered reports by keen observers in the Bigfoot areas of Western Pennsylvania. Local folks claim to have spotted a long-retired clergyman behind the wheel of one of these monsters. Now we have the photos to prove it. The creature's body is so long that you can't even see the hood ornament from the rear bumper on a foggy morning. Its black interior is a thing of beauty. The front and rear bench seats could hold six comfortable Sumo wrestlers. Their comfort would include an excess of head, hip, knee and toe room plus ice cold air conditioning in the summer and balmy heat in the winter. Some regions of the vast trunk space have never been explored, but an aerial survey with binoculars indicated no major problems. The current owner is the second Presbyterian minister to keep this car in his garage. Neither of them allowed smoking, drinking, cursing or gambling in the vehicle. Neither yielded to the temptation of revving up the power of its 8 cylinder 360 engine for a drag race.

The transmission is automatic, in case you thought they built these things with a stick. The propulsion is rear wheel drive, not surprising in a full size car with a carburetor born the same year as the Apple II personal computer. It has seven tires. Four are good Goodyear Regatta all-weather whitewall radials, one is a spare, and two are ancient, rarely-used, mounted, deep-tread snow tires. The AM/FM radio works. The cruise control works. So do the annoying seat belt and key reminder buzzers. The original analog dash clock stopped decades ago, but the Radio Shack digital stick-on keeps wonderful time. Zeibart has followed plenty of cars to the grave, but this one lives on without unsightly external body corrosion thanks to continued rust-prevention measures and a habit of avoiding bad weather since completion of body work on the lower doors more than two decades ago. The battery was replaced within the past year. Within the past ten thousand miles, trained automotive service technicians replaced both front brake calipers, the radiator, the catalytic converter, the muffler and other elements of the exhaust system.

The car has low miles, an average of fewer than 3,000 per year. It looks nice, smells good and runs well for the most part, but there is no point pretending it is in showroom condition. Brace yourself for some reconditioning if you plan to win a prize at a classic car show. The first reverend caught the mirror on his garage one day and the second one never repaired the cracks on the door around it. Sometimes the starter makes you nervous by failing on the first attempt, but does fine on the second or third try. Oil and transmission fluid need to be replenished from time to time. A faint 87-octane odor persists for a short while when you turn the engine off. The central armrest on the front seat irritates the preacher by popping forward when he pushes it back. One hubcap looks different than the others. If you want the fourth original, search the tall weeds along Plank Road. The headlamp covers don't like to close completely and sometimes refuse to close at all. Some paint blemishes have received amateur touch-ups. Others just sit there waiting for you. Overall the paint would look pretty good to the near-sighted referee who overturned Troy Polamalu's interception of Peyton Manning's pass in the playoffs a few years ago. Hey, the Steelers won anyway, so this car might be just what you are looking for.
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United States
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New Castle, PA
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Royal Monaco Brougham

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Very Good

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Rear-wheel drive

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