Friday, 30 April 2010

Chrysler Valiant Charger

The Chrysler Valiant Charger, produced in Australia from 1971-78, encapsulates all of the elements that were integral to contemporary American muscle cars: bold two-door coupe styling, eye-watering colour schemes, iconic graphics and levels of tyre-shredding power that meant buyers could drive it straight from the showroom to the dragstrip. But there was one element that was fundamentally different, one that would have been anathema in Detroit: it had a six-cylinder engine. Despite the two cylinder defecit, it was the quickest new Aussie car up the strip, clocking a time of 14.4s for the quarter-mile. Brilliantly, its lighter engine meant that the handling was better than the V8s of the time - so it wasn't all about straight lines.

The 4.3-litre slant-six of the Charger R/T ran three twin-choke 45 Webers, producing 302bhp. This allowed a 0-60mph time of 6.1s and a top speed of 132mph. The Valiant Charger was also available with, among countless other options on the list, finned brake drums and a long-range fuel tank. So every Australian had the chance to own their own little piece of Bathurst.

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