The Chrysler Valiant Charger is a muscle car introduced by Chrysler Australia in 1971. It was a short wheelbase two door coupe based on the concurrent Australian Chrysler Valiant sedan. Introduced within the VH Valiant range of cars, it continued as a variant through the subsequent VJ, VK and CL series, until ceasing production in 1978.
The Charger was extraordinarily popular in Australia during the VH series and proved to be similarly so in New Zealand where they were assembled from imported kit components. The VH Valiant Charger achieved critical acclaim too, winning the 1971 Australian Wheels Car of the Year Award.
However, the very real 'muscle' persona of the Charger quickly faded through the VJ range of cars and was effectively neutered altogether by the time of the VK series release in 1975. During its seven years of production, the Charger carried many variations of essentially two basic powerplants, based around the Hemi 6 and versions of the V8 Chrysler LA engine.
1964 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S
Motor: Chrysler 273 V8, Roller Cam, Arias Pistions, 4 x 48mm Weber carbs on
custom manifold, Crower conrods, steel crankshaft, custom extractors.
Gearbox: Chrysler 4 speed new process, with Hurst shifter.
Diff: Chrysler limited slip.
Suspension: Lowered with heavy duty shocks & sway bars. Torsion bar front,
leaf spring rear.
Wheels: Performance, Superlite 6" x 15" with Yokohama Tyres
Class NB Lap Record Wakefield Park Clocked at 164MPH down conrod straight
1971 Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
GTHO Phase III
The Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III was a modified version the Falcon GT built
in 1971 with a heavily modified engine, a 4 speed top-loader gearbox and
Detroit locker 9" differential. It was also equipped with special brakes
and handling package, plus a 36 US gal (136 L; 30 imp gal) fuel tank.
Winner of the 1971 Bathurst 500, driven by Allan Moffat, the Phase III has
been described as "...simply one of the best cars in the world, a true GT
that could take on Ferraris and Astons on their own terms..." by Sports Car
The GTHO's 351 Cleveland engine produced over 380 hp (283 kW) which, back
in 1971, was grossly underrated to 300 hp (224 kW). Initial cars were
equipped with an electrical rev limiter which came into effect at 6,150
rpm. With the rev limiter disabled, the engine was reputed to pull in
excess of 7,000+ rpm, even in 4th gear. The "HO" portion of the name stood
for "Handling Option", these options included bigger brakes, stiffer
suspension, a front spoiler, a choice of 3 differentials and an optional
close-ratio gearbox making the production GTHO very similar to the race
The Phase III was Australia's fastest four door production car for many
years and in 1971 it won the Bathurst 500 motor race in the hands of Allan
Moffat, however at the time the Chrysler Valiant E49 Charger held the
Australian 1/4 mile record. In 1972 the 3.3 L (202) 6-cylinder LJ Torana
GTR-XU1, driven by Peter Brock, defeated the GTHO to win Bathurst after
brake problems and wet weather put paid to the GTHO challenge.
The Phase III GTHO is in incredibly high demand with collectors and
investors worldwide. Good examples have been sold for prices in excess of
A$700,000. Due to this demand, a small production run, and 'fewer than 100
remaining there been a flow on effect into values of the lesser XW and
other XY Falcons, particularly genuine GS and 'standard' GT models. Other
models that have also benefited from the appreciation of the GTHO include
the XA and XB GT hardtops, the earlier XW GTHO Phase 1 and 2 and the XC
A Falcon XY GTHO Phase III was sold at by Bonhams & Goodmans at auction for
A$683,650 in March 2007. The car had just 40,000 km on the clock. The buyer
of the car said it will be garaged, and that it won't be driven, but that
he will be "keeping it as an investment". The sale price set a new auction
record for Australian muscle cars. Whilst in June 2007 another Phase III
sold for A$750,000.
The Phase III GT is one of the few cars ever made that appreciated in value
from the moment it left the dealership - even in 1975, four year old Phase
IIIs were fetching prices equivalent to or higher than the on-road price of
brand new XB GTs from Ford dealers.
Show & Shine TV Ep6- Charger
Hey Charger! Yes its classic Australian muscle in the latest episode of
Show And Shine TV with the 1977 Chrysler Charger CL. Road test guru Anthony
Frederiksen has the rare opportunity to push the rev's in a beautifully
preserved '77 Charger on Australia's iconic Calder Park raceway. Take a
hi-octane trip down memory lane in an award-winning classic that was a hit
with Australian motorists -- the Chrysler Valiant Charger, thanks to Kitten
Mega Mopar - Huge Car Show Drag Racing Burnouts - Supercharged Action at Gateway MSP
This past weekend Jordan and I went to Mega Mopar at Gateway Motorsports
Park and it was awesome! They had a huge car show, a swap meet, nostaglia
drags, funny cars, a wheelstander, and more. We really had a great time! I
tried to pack as much action into the video as I could. There was a sea of
awesome Mopars....Daytonas, Challengers, Chargers, Darts, Super Bees...the
list goes on and on. It was a weekend filled with hemis, wedges, Superchargers, and dual carbs. If you were there,
and your car is not in this video, please don't dispair....I will have much
more coverage coming up in the days ahead. I hope you found it
interesting....thanks for watching!
Filmed at Gateway Motorsports Park, just outside of St. Louis, MO
Gateway Motorsports Park
Ramblin Around TV:
The background tracks used in this video are by Jason Shaw. Available under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Download:
Back To The Woods by AudioNautix
Mood: Driving, Bright, Intense
Line Of Fire
mood: Aggressive, Driving
1976 chrysler charger *The Reaper Charger*
Here is a video update of my charger i am building,called THE REAPER
CHARGER , hope you like my creation so far and dont forget to check out my
other videos :]