The vintage and classic car market is alive and well with many brands, models and styles from which to choose. The Chrysler Valiant was manufactured and sold in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. It had a great impact on car culture in Australasia and is still a very popular car today for its distinctive appearance and characteristics.
The first release of the Valiant series in Australia, this car incorporated a body model from America. Available in two makes, it was available as either a manual or automatic sedan, built on an A-body platform. The engine was a 3.7-litre capacity engine with three-speed transmission. Essentially a remake of the American-released Plymouth Valiant, it was hailed for its Space Age appearance. This was also the first car on the Australian market to feature an alternator instead of a generator.
First introduced to the market in 1971, the Charger is a muscle car, and probably one of the most recognisable Valiant models. Generally available in a coupe, there was also a sedan version released to the market. Chargers featured a three-speed transmission, and later models had a four-speed. During the VH series, the Charger gained incredible popularity and, at one point, accounted for 80 per cent of the cars released to the market. It was used in motorsport racing, most notably in the Bathurst races, winning the first race in which it was entered. In New Zealand, the Charger won most of its competitions throughout the 1970s. It's a popular hobby to buy and restore iconic Chargers and even race them today. Cars, such as the 1972 Valiant Charger coupe, make great investment pieces to work on, and hold their resale value well.
The VH Valiant range entered the market in 1971. It was completely designed in Australia, while previous designs had had input from the North American branch of Chrysler. The car was large, and was designed to look imposing. Its short wheelback and oversized aggressive appearance made it a popular model with youths.
Parts and Accessories for Valiants
As they're vintage cars, it's often necessary to get replacement or repair parts for Valiants. Valiant car and truck parts are available both with original vintage parts and new compatible pieces.