Chrysler Valiant VJ utility - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Big honest workhorse or the thinking driver's sports car?

Chrysler Valiant VJ utility - today's tempter
Chrysler utilities this good are thin on the ground.

There's something about a Valiant ute of this era (1974) that has huge appeal.

The VJ series was a cosmetic upgrade of the VH, with some significant technical improvements for much of the range, such as electronic ignition, improved brakes, retractable front seat belts, to name a few from quite a long list.

However, the utility didn't necessarily score all the upgrades, given it was built to a price and appealed to a more 'traditional' and hard-headed market.

This particular example looks unusually tidy - most of them were literally worked to death and then taken to the scrap merchant.

The owner says it's got a few minor blemishes and is largely a very original car wih the 245ci six powerplant and three-speed column shift. It's said to have done 244,000km.

It would be a tough decision whether just to preserve it as is or give it a light freshen-up. In any case the $8000 asking price doesn't seem outrageous.


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