When Chrysler introduced the Valiant for the 1960 model year, the auto globe had no concept that this brand-new compact would certainly turn into one of one of the most effective items in the firm’s background. Valiants as well as its A-Body brother or sisters were constructed as well as offered by the millions all over the world, with manufacturing proceeding right into the very early 1980 s (in Australia as well as South America). The sales pinnacle for the Valiant in the U.S. was 1964, as well as today’s Junkyard Gem is among those autos: an upscale V-200 station wagon, located in a Denver-area wrecking yard a couple of weeks back.
The Valiant started life as its very own marque, came to be a Plymouth for 1961, left Plymouth for 1962, after that returned as a Plymouth version up until American Valiant manufacturing stopped in 1976, as well as the Volaré took its area. You’ll hardly see any type of reference of the Plymouth brand name in the 1964 Valiant brochure, as well as Plymouth badging on the ’64 s was very little.
You can obtain the 1964 Valiant wagon as the base V-100, beginning at $2,273, or as the better V-200 with its $2,388 cost (that has to do with $21,150 as well as $22,220 in 2022 bucks). Valiant convertibles as well as sports cars can be had with the also swankier (by affordable small-car criteria) Signet trim level.
As Ford revealed us in the center 2000 s, numbers are simply classier if you mean them out on symbols.
Between 1960 s, replacing an automated for the base three-on-the-tree column-shift manual transmission boosted the cost of a cost effective cars and truck by an eye-watering quantity. The Torqueflite three-speed automated as well as its slick-looking push-button shifter price 172 dollars additional (around $1,600 today), that made the cars and truck greater than 7% more expensive. A four-on-the-floor handbook was readily available for the very first time in a brand-new Valiant that year, yet it set you back $180
Additionally brand-new for the 1964 Valiant was a V8 choice (a 273- cubic-incher ranked at 180 horse power), yet this cars and truck hasthe good old Slant-6 If it’s the engine that featured the cars and truck when it rolled off the production line, it’s a 101- steed instance with 170 cubic inches … yet these autos are infamous for obtaining engine swaps very early as well as typically as well as I really did not inspect the block spreading numbers.
The cassette deck informs us that it was being driven as just recently as the late 1980 s via center 1990 s.
There’s some corrosion in the normal places, concerning what this cars and truck would certainly have obtained by 1967 if it had actually remained in Michigan.
This cars and truck can have been recovered, though the cost for corrosion repair service as well as indoor repair would not have actually been an excellent financial investment from a monetary point ofview. It was acquired last succumb to $500 at the exact same public auction that provided us recently’s 1981 Chevy Citation Junkyard Treasure as well as must generate at the very least that a lot partly sales as well as scrap steel.
Both 1964 and 1977 are tied as the years when the biggest variety of distinctive versions of brand-new terminal wagons were readily available available in the USA, as well as Chrysler’s Plymouth Department supplied 3 various dimensions of wagon that year: the tiny Valiant, the midsize Belvedere/Savoy, as well asthe big Fury Certainly, also Rambler had three different wagons in ’64, as well as odd gamers such as Hillman as well as Humber had a pair each that year.