VJ Valiant Ranger - today's tempter

By: Jack Houlihan, Unique Cars magazine

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Family classic

THE VJ Valiant hit dealerships in 1973 as the first update of the 1971 VH, Chrysler’s first uniquely Australian design. The facelift brought modified front-end treatments and updated trim, though several performance models were culled from the range.


Rivalling the Falcon 500 and Holden Kingswood was the Valiant Ranger. Available in sedan and wagon bodystyles, they were a mid-range family vehicle. Buyers could select a 215, 245 or 265 six as well as the 318ci V8. This meant a tiny number of Rangers left the factory with the hallowed triple-carb, four-speed E48 option.


See our VK Ranger cover feature from 2018.


This 1974 Ranger packs a middle-of-the-road 245 Hemi, paired to a column-shift TorqueFlite three-speed auto. 


All of the hard work appears to be done, with the seller stating that the body, paint and trim is all new, plus a rebuilt engine and auto.


The car is located in Capabala, Qld. With an asking price of $24,500, it’s a great way to get into some old-school, bench-seated family motoring.  It's with Undercover Cars.


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