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Chrysler Valiant (1972–8)
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Chrysler Valiant. 1972–8 (prod. 8,852 Rebel sold, 10,778 Regal sold, 5,513 VIP sold, 4,605 Safari sold). 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon. F/R, 3684 cm³ (I6 OHV). Chrysler of South Africa switches from US bodies derived from the Plymouth Valiant (1967–73) to larger Australian ones, which appeared bigger, and were called ‘fast body’ there. The first South African Valiants were similar to the Chrysler Valiant (VH), but with the Slant-6 instead of the Hemi unit; no V8s were offered. Rebel automatic called 660. Electronic ignition in 1973. Round headlights replaced rectangular ones in 1974, a year after the VJs made their début in Australia with a similar change. Front vent windows removed in 1975, another VJ touch. Chrysler nameplates appeared in 1976, and VK-style grille appeared at the same time. Regal gained the VIP grille in 1976, with some equipment improvements. VIP had a vinyl roof and more equipment; Safari was essentially the Regal wagon, with fake wood grain along the sides added in 1975 on the premium model. Sales peaked in 1973 for all models, and had a noticeable decline as the fuel crisis set in: the use of the larger bodies kept buyers away.

Manufacturing location: Pretoria, South Africa

Marque: Chrysler | Model: Chrysler Valiant | Predecessors: Chrysler Valiant (1967–72), Chrysler Valiant Safari (1967–72), Chrysler Valiant VIP (1968–72) | Successor: Chrysler L, SE


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