Valiant S - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique cars magazine

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Stylish Chrysler has had a lot of work done

Valiant S - today's tempter
S-series Valiant is a stylish thing.

For whatever reason, the staff at Unique Cars mag have a real soft-spot for this generation Valiant and its R series predecessor.

American designed and locally assembled, the R series was a runaway success, with the modest number initially offered selling out quickly. The local Chrsyler management decided that was good reason to bring in the next generation - the S - which in addition to some styling changes had a number of upgrades.

Under the bonnet was a 225ci (3.7lt) 'slant' six claiming 145 horses (108kW), matched to either a three-speed manual transmission (column shift for this generation) or a three-speed TorqueFlite auto. People loved the fact the latter was operated by push-button.

Among its unusual features - when compared to the opposition - was the Torsion-Aire front suspension which was, as the name implied, a torsion bar set-up in place of springs.

Underneath a lot of the pivots were changed to sealed units, greatly increasing their service life, while fuel tank capacity was upped by 5.0lt.

The owner of this 1962 example in WA says it has had a recent respray, interior refit and engine work. When you look at the prices now being asked for some premium local cars, this one at $25,000 seems to have a fair bit to offer.

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