1976 Chrysler Centura – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Chrysler Centura Chrysler Centura

Low-mileage, original paint survivor with top-spec 245ci Hemi

Designed in France, built in Australia; the mid-late 70s Chrysler Centura struggled when new as they were more compact than the popular mid-sized offerings from Ford and Holden.

They weren’t the most inspiring driver’s cars either, so for a long time many Centuras sat unloved and ignored before anyone thought to preserve one.

That leaves good original cars thin on the ground these days.

Chrysler’s Centura was sold with a small 2.0lt motor initially, as a sales competitor to the Peugeot 505 and Renault 20.

The six-cylinder models debuted in 1976 and came in two trim levels; XL and GL, and were available with either the 3.5 or 4.0lt Australian-made Hemi sixes. Most were delivered with automatic gearboxes, but three-speed floor-shift manuals do exist, as do a few with Charger-sourced Borg-Warner four-speeds.

This 1976 Chrysler Centura features the top-spec  245ci Hemi (4.0lt), and the usual T-bar automatic gearbox.

It presents as a completely original and unrestored survivor, coming from one-owner (until recently).

It’s got just 71,000 miles on the clock (114,000kms), and any original parts that have been removed or upgraded are still in the boot (including original brakes, fuel pump, etc).

The seller states that the car’s condition is amazingly original, but not concours.

The car has never been in an accident and still bears its original Impact Orange paint. It’s 99% rust-free apparently, with a few bubbles present at the bottom of the back guard. The seller points out the presence of a few tiny dings and scratches that are expected of a 43 year old survivor.

The interior is also amazingly original with all chrome, woodgrain and gauges in excellent condition. There is one small split in the dash pad.

It’s all there, and the car looks to be in stunning and surviving condition.

This rare find is based in Queensland and is listed for $19,500.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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