Curtis Perry Outtake: 1976 Dodge Royal Monaco Wagon – Down on the Farm

Curtis Perry, whose photography we’ve seen quite a bit in the past here, has uploaded more excellent shots. This one of a 1976 Dodge Royal Monaco wagon is a gem, in both subject and setting. When was the last time you saw one of these? And against such a backdrop.

I did manage to find a ’76 Royal Monaco in Eugene a few years back, but it was a mere two door hardtop. My take on it, whose title is “Gone, and Forgotten” is here. Quite true, as I’ve never seen it or another since. And it is rather forgotten.

Here’s a page from the brochure, so you can get a better look at it from other angles and the inside (click on image for full size). The line on the bottom says “Uncommon luxury…”  Uncommon indeed. Less than 6,000 of these Monaco wagons were sold in 1976; the Brougham version was the biggest seller of the bunch, accounting for almost half of the sales. I suspect that it appealed to a certain understated but affluent buyer, who essentially got a Chrysler with that name.

The 400 CID (6.6 L) V8 was standard in the wagons, and the 440 was optional. 1976 was the penultimate year for the big Dodges; after 1977 they were gone, reincarnated on the smaller B platform.