1964 Valiant AP5 wagon - today's auction tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Sixties Chrysler style

1964 Valiant AP5 wagon - today's auction tempter
1964 Chrysler Valiant Safari wagon

One of the great tragedies faced by would-be classic wagon owners is they're fighting two factors when it comes to buying a decent car: the first is they always represented a minority in sales; and the second is the majority of them were treated as workhorses and were taken to the proverbial knacker's yard (or the local wrecker) once they were finally worn out.

The idea that one day it might be treated as a treasured classic was, frankly, ridiculous to most people.

So when a decent one pops up on the market, it tends to get our attention.

This is a 1964 Chrysler Valiant AP5 Safari, which runs the 225ci (3.7lt) Slant Six combined with a push-button three-speed auto. History says that's a robust and fairly simple combination.

Overall it seems to be in decent condition and the inspection report from auctioneer Shannons suggests that it's pretty good on the mechanical front.

It does however note a few issues that will need to be addressed - hardly surprising in a car this age.

Remarkably it claims to have had just two owners, one of them for over half a century.

There are a few period accessories on board, the most prominent being the mesh windscreen visor, which we reckons adds to the appeal.

Shannons has an estimate of $8000-12,000 and it's to be auctioned as part of a Melbourne sale on the evening of Feb 18.


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