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- Chrysler VJ Valiant Regal hardtop (VH facelift) (1973)
The Australian built Valiant coupe models came with those powerful clean angular lines that mark them out as classic American muscle cars. They were fitted with the E55: 4bbl 340 cu in (5.6 L) V8 (1.88" valve heads) that gave it some 275hp at 5200 rpm and a massive 345 lb⋅ft torque at 3200 rpm.
It could dispatch the 0-60mph in 7.8sec, quite anachievement for a car from the early 1970's.
The big Valiant coupe has reasonable road holding and is easyily controllable. With its firm suspension and the extra wide stance over its American cousins that helps with its stability while cornering at speed.
Even for high speed cruising there is something very reassuring about the way the manual Valiant gets across the feeling that with its fat rubber and tight, ride it is securely placed on the road.
Introduced by Chrysler Australia in 1971, it came as a short wheelbase two door coupe. The Valiant coupe was based on the US Chrysler A-body platform, with virtually identical front suspension, the fenders were widened, and a wider rear axle fitted, so that the track, front and rear, was considerably wider than any US A-body, this also allowed wheels much wider than a US A-body.
The rsrlier VH range was superseded by the VJ series in early 1973. The VJ seried featured changes to the cowl, grille, lighting and rear quarter feature panel, with notably 7" round headlights replacing the previous rectangular units. ..
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10 December, 2018
- In 1967 “Pony Cars” accounted for 13% of the new car market in the United States - an unprecedented (at that time) growth in a specialty segment only four years old. Plymouth was fortunate to get in early with the original Barracuda and #Dodge dealers clamored for their own version. Instead got the Charger - a larger car in both its first and second generations.
When it came time to refresh the Barracuda for 1970, Dodge would at last get a Pony car - but the new car would be a shorter version of the B-body Charger/Coronet, that way it could house the very largest and heaviest V8s. That made the Challenger and ‘Cuda the very potent, but it also made them much larger and heavier than the outgoing A-body Barracuda and much of their competition, much of which had also bulked up since 1964.
Still, everything about the Carl Cameron-styled Challenger screamed #musclecar . It offered 18 wild colors, a huge array of engine choices right up to the Street Hemi, different axles, whatever you wanted to spec. The best Challenger, arguably, was the #ChallengerTA with it’s breathed-on 340 V8, free-breathing exhaust, and other mods. The 340 was Dodge’s “small block” option, which is less storied than the king-kong Street Hemi; but its lighter weight made the T/A, named for its connection to SCCA #TransAm racing (like the similar AAR ‘Cuda) nearly as quick as the Hemi and a much better handler.
Rated at 290hp, the “Six Pack” 340, with it’s triple carb setup, was actually appreciably more powerful than the regular 340. To stop, they also had standard front disc brakes - often a rarely ticked option on big muscle cars but one which makes them much more tractable. They were not subtle cars, decked out in those bold colors and stripes and sporting fiberglass hoods with massive air scoops.
The T/A and the AAR ‘Cuda were both homologation specials and as such, their retail sales were somewhat limited - just 2,400 T/As were built and the package was only offered in #1970 - this is a trubute '72, not an original. The Challenger itself came too late for the peak of pony cars and big muscle - which was losing favor to personal/luxury cars and insurance and emissions issues.
23 November, 2018