Chrysler creates a Pacer tribute

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Sixties youth market car re-imagined 50 years on

Remember the Pacer? This was Chrysler Australia’s pitch at the youth market back in the late sixties, and was a big success despite being pulled together on a shoestring budget.

Chrysler Australia has just had another crack at the idea to celebrate 50 years of the nameplate.

With the help of Unique Cars magazine, the company has played with a modern interpretation of the original Pacer livery on a 300 SRT Core, referencing an original VF Pacer owned by Megan and Ron Anderson.

"We’re excited to bring to life a modern interpretation of an Australian classic, the Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car," said Guillaume Drelon, Director of Product, Chrysler Australia.

"Highlighting the signature details of the original, the Pacer tribute takes inspiration from the iconic design cues of the celebrated 1969 Valiant Pacer."

Featuring a full vehicle wrap replicating the original Wild Yellow body colour, the Pacer tribute is adorned with black side stripes and ‘Pacer 392’ decals on front quarter panels and rear boot lid.

The 1969 Chrysler Valiant Pacer was built exclusively for the Australian market at the Chrysler factory in Adelaide, South Australia. Targeted at Australians looking for a performance car, the Valiant Pacer was fitted with a 225 cubic inch slant six engine producing 130kW, paired to a three-speed manual gearbox.

Meanwhile the tribute car is powered by Hemi V8 that claims 350kW of power and 637Nm of torque, matched to a TorqueFlight ZF-8-speed automatic gearbox with launch control.

A limited-run production version is expected to be announced next month.

See our feature on the original car

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