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1961 Chrysler Valiant R Series Sedan





Engine 225ci in-line six cylinder
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour White
Interior Blue
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drums


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Chrysler’s first Australian Valiant was launched in January 1962 and - much like the rival Ford Falcon - was based on its US counterpart, suitably beefed up to cope with local conditions. The original R-series Valiant featured Chrysler’s powerful 225ci slant six under the shapely bonnet and the combination of good looks – along with performance levels that easily eclipsed contemporary Holdens and Fords - put the new Valiant in a league of its own. Chrysler’s Valiant was a stylish newcomer on the Australian market that was a real advance on the then-current EK Holden, offering great looks, more equipment and significantly better performance at a price only slightly above that of the GM-H product. The Valiant's styling was particularly striking, with plenty of curves, slanted rear wings and the signature spare wheel cover in the boot lid. Contemporary press reports found the new Valiant well suited to Australian driving conditions and its success gave Chrysler a great foundation to build on in the years to come. Powered by the 225ci slant six making 145bhp - with either a three-speed manual or TorqueFlite automatic transmissions - the Valiant was justifiably famous for its performance, well ahead of contemporary Holdens or Fords. In total just 1008 were built before the model was revised to become the S Series, making these first-generation Chrysler Valiants a rare find today. They enjoy a cult following and are very popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike, with plenty of support from Chrysler clubs around the country.