When Chrysler launched the Valiant for the 1960 model year, the automotive world had no idea that this new compact would become one of the most successful products in the company’s history. Valentus and its A-Body siblings were made and sold by millions of people around the world, with production continuing in the early 1980s (in Australia and South America). Valiant sales in the United States peaked in 1964, and today’s Junkyard Jam is one of those cars: a high-end V-200 station wagon, found a few weeks ago at the Denver-Area Racking Yard.
Valiant began his life as his own mark, became Plymouth in 1961, left Plymouth for 1962, then returned as Plymouth model until American Valiant stopped production in 1976, and took his place at Volar. You won’t find any mention of the Plymouth brand in the 1964 Valiant brochure, and plymouth badging was minimal in the ’64s.
You can get the 1964 Valiant Wagon as the base V-100, which starts at $ 2,273, or the more beautiful V-200 with its ট্যাগ 2,388 price tag (which is around $ 21,150 and $ 22,220 for 22 2022). Valiant coupes and convertibles can be up to Evan Swankier (according to the standard of cheap small cars) with Signet trim level.
As Ford showed us in the mid-2000s, numbers are more categorical if you spell on symbols.
In the mid-1960s, an automatic replacement for a base three-on-the-tree-column-shift manual transmission increased the price of an affordable car to tears. The TorqueFlight three-speed automatic and its sleek push-button shifter cost an extra 17 172 (about $ 1,600 today), making the car more than 7% more expensive. A new Valent was available for the first time that year with a four-on-the-floor manual, but it cost $ 180.
There was also a new V8 option for the 1964 Valiant (a 273-cubic-inch rated at 180 horsepower), but this car has a good old Slant-6. If the engine comes when the car deviates from the assembly line, it is an example of a 101-horse with 170 cubic inches.
The cassette deck tells us that it was operated from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.
There is some rust in the usual place about what this car would have achieved by 1967 if it had been in Michigan.
This car could be recovered, although the cost of rust repair and interior renovations may not be a good investment from a financial standpoint. It was bought last fall for $ 500 at the same auction that gave us last week’s 1981 Chevy Station Junkyard Gem and parts sales and at least as much in scrap metal should be available.
Both 1964 and 1977 coincided with the year when the largest number of standalone models of the new station wagon were available for sale in the United States, and Chrysler’s Plymouth division offered three different sized wagons that year: Small Valiant, Medium-sized Belvedere / Savoy, and Big Fury. Of course, even Rambler had three different wagons in ’64 and a couple of obscure players like Hillman and Humber that year.