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Chrysler Valiant VC

1965 - 1966
Country:
Australia
Engine:
Slant 6 & V8
Capacity:
3.7 & 4.5 ltr.
Power:
180 bhp / 135 kw (V8)
Transmission:
3 spd. man / 3 spd. "TorqueFlite" auto
Top Speed:

109 mph / 175 km/h (V8)

Number Built:
65,634
Collectability:
3 star
Chrysler Valiant VC
Chrysler Valiant VC
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3

Introduction



The release of the VC Valiant in March 1966 heralded the true beginning of the “Battle of the Big Three”. The Chrysler stylists had been busy creating a car that looked longer, lower and sleeker than any previous model, even though it was basically only a facelift of the previous AP5/AP6 design, the overall dimensions remaining virtually unchanged.

Chrysler advertisements of the day highlighted the new grille and front-end treatment, claiming it to posses a “bold new styling” and “up to the minute sculpting”. To create the new look the designer’s fitted deep-set bumper bars fitted with recessed park/turn signal lights. A new look rear was created for the sedan, it now afforded different and individual panels and tail lights; the Safari wagons and Wayfarer utilities carried over the panels and lights from the AP6, although the Wayfarer did have a new bonnet and front guards.

The familiar “slant-six” was also carried over, although quite some work had gone into making the engine smoother and more economical. Chrysler claimed the VC offered “extensive mechanical refinements”, such as a new steering column and three-speed all-synchromesh gearbox. This was the first release of Borg Warner’s Australian “common industry” manual transmission, and showed those who bemoaned the loss of the push button automatic system in the previous model why Chrysler had been forced to adopt the “common industry” standards of the day, particularly with the Commonwealth Government pushing the manufacturer to up the local content on the Valiant to 95%.

Chrysler also introduced a greater degree of individuality between the models not seen in previous iterations. The Valiant, Regal and V8 each had individualised hubcaps, horn-rings and steering wheel motif, while the V8 sedans carried over the use of a vinyl roof. The V8 wagon was fitted with a chrome roof rack and stainless steel air deflectors on each side of the tailgate, designed to help keep dust and dirt from building up on the rear glass.

Helping with safety, each Valiant was fitted with full-width instrument panel crash padding, seat belt anchor points, safety door locks, a modified zone windscreen, lift up interior door handles, wide double-sided safety wheel rims, lower profile tyres and a larger glass area. All this contributed to the increase in weight, by 36kg to 45kg depending on the model.

Also adding to the increase in weight were the many now standard features, such as windscreen washers, fresh air ventilation, vanity mirror, armrests on all doors, reversing lights, coat hooks, new-look floor mats and variable intensity instrument lighting, while to provide some protection at the local supermarket a full length chrome strip ran almost the entire length of the car. And all of these were fitted to the base model!

The Regal and V8 iterations also included a heater and demister with two speed fan, full carpeting, central armrests, prismatic anti glare rear-view mirror, boot light, courtesy light switch gear to all four doors, “sponge vinyl” trim, door sill skuff plates, two tone steering wheel, wheel trim rings, dual horns, air deflectors on the station wagons and whitewall tyres. The V8 also sported new bucket seats with full length console plus a glove compartment and ashtray.

Step Up To VC Valiant
The revised automatic transmission lever had a straight fore and aft selection with a push-button lock-out release. On both Regal and V8 models the three-speed TorqueFlite transmission was standard. Contrasting the high level of creature comforts now gracing the VC models, the Wayfarer utility was an entirely utilitarian affair, although the external rear-view mirror and tonneau cover were included.

In February 1966 Australia converted to decimal currency, with 1 pound equalling two dollars. The base model VC’s were priced at $2490, a $10 premium over the previous model, while the most expensive in the range was the V8 Safari Wagon, now $3590. Cheapest was the Wayfarer Ute, at only $2128. In late 1966 Chrysler introduced front disc brakes as an option, this improvement only adding to the already stoic reputation the Valiant’s enjoyed.

Solid, Reilable, Powerful, Unassailable...



Solid, reliable, powerful and brimming with creature comforts, it seemed the Valiant was unassailable. But the following year Ford upped the ante, the March 1967 release of the Fairlane 500 and XR Falcon signalling “game on” from the blue oval.

In contrast to the 135 kW Chrysler V8, the Ford iteration was good for 150 kW, and was available across the entire Falcon range rather than only in the up-market models. The General would soon follow with their 5.0 litre 307 c.i. Chevrolet sourced V8 made available in the HK series. At a time when Australian petrol was amongst the worlds cheapest (regrettably not for much longer however), it seemed whoever could boast the most power would fare best at the dealer showrooms.

Motoring writes of the day also noted how the Valiant V8’s suffered from noticeable understeer, something many forgave when the Valiant was the only Aussie family sedan fitted with a V8, but with the new competition closer attention was being paid to the Valiant’s handling, or perceived lack of it. By the end of production, some 65,634 VC Valiant’s would be manufactured.

Above we have included 14 individual radio advertisments for the VC Valiant range, from the Slant Six 225, 273 V8 and Wayfarer utility.

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Goose
Posted 684 days ago
I own one of these-a Regal auto sedan in gold......like the one in the photo!! The engine was simply the best six available to the public in 1966-67. Mine is totally standard,apart from a high quality CD player so I can play all the old classics from the 60's!!
I also own a 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan for if I need to get somewhere quickly and in comfort!
Tip-old cars are only for weekends when your cruising simply for pleasure. For all other duties,you can't beat the comfort,luxury and safety of a modern rig.
Goose
Posted 1179 days ago
My 19 yo grandaughter owns one of these. I worry about her being in something with none of the safety features of modern cars,but as she's obssessed with everything 60's,she won't listen. She dresses like a hippy and only plays late 60's music on the CD player. She drove me to Wagga recently and for five hours I had to endure music that I've long since outgrown. The best things about this model is the motor,styling and investment potential,but they're best only driven on weekends-not as mainstream transport.
kryslachik
Posted 1307 days ago
had my vc safari for 18years now, she part of the family. Cheaper than a man,does what i want it to when i want it to, if not i fix it, doesnt argue, and always puts a grin on my face ,no matter how *** my day is. My eldest daughter (15) is a product of chysler!
fabian
Posted 1323 days ago
ive had my 66 vc for 10 yrs now have fitted 400bb v8 727 trans 2.77 lsd diff and dics all rnd full custom interior love this car always said would get rid of misses before i sell this one 3 misses later still have her haha
Bazza
Posted 1398 days ago
I have just retired and have an old VC had for 30 years but now want to fix up as new. Allthe time required but no experience. Does anybody know of a club that I can join. Perth WA.
Frank
Posted 1492 days ago
restoring a vc regal has been a nightmare in cost and availability of parts but when its finished she'll be the best, brings back great memories of earlier vc days. Look out Captain Valiant is about to hit the strip....."Classic Not Plastic".
les
Posted 1500 days ago
Hi what is the PCD for VC Valiant 5 Stud thanks.
Les 0407233703
Russell
Posted 1753 days ago
Couldn't you supply a better picture than this? Its not even a proper photo,but a drawing. I'd love a VC ute with 5spd and a tricked up 318,complete with CD player and alloy rims off a CM Regal. Hard to gather up the funds,given all the taxes I pay these days. One day maybe......just maybe.
PiDicus
Posted 1890 days ago
V8 4speed,... yep that'd be rare, give there where none available from the factory. Sure you didn't have a care someone had added a Dart GT gearbox to?
VC V8's were auto only, and that would be the lovely 904 Torqueflite
glen lindup
Posted 1908 days ago
Its good to see there's still plenty of interest in the VC. In NZ if you owned a similarly aged holden or ford youd be i n the money. i just restored my beloved VC. it took a year. black roof with a white body. Ive got another which was free. ive had about 5. i sold my VC safari wagon for $NZ 500. feel free to comment on the bad move that that was!
Buddy
Posted 1930 days ago
Yeah I found a 68 VE Safari with 273 V8 and Auto. Owned by an old farmer and was totally unrestored and untouched. It only had surface rust on the underbelly (Except for some minor perforation in spare wheel cavity) and faded interior and paint. Runs great except for some minor oil leaks. I don't want to resore it because the body is really good, and I want the next purchaser to see what the body is like ( No bog or paint to hide things) I can be contacted on birojek@hotmail. *** asking $5500 mobile 0409503286
Leo
Posted 1978 days ago
The VC Valiant series was the last of the AP Valiants and was released in March 1966, just a month before its HR Holden rival replaced the controversial HD. Ford was still manufacturing the XP Falcon and this was a rival for the VC for six months until the new XR model was released in September that year. The VC was a strong selling family car and was still pitched as a cut above the rest. Major emphasis was used in Chrysler Australia's advertising in promoting it with slogans such as "move up to Valiant', 'Valiant gives you more'. Other than a few Bill Warner special XP Falcon/Futura Hardtops with 289 ci Windsor V8s, the VC Valiant was the only factory V8 available direct from the manufacturer in its class, until the XR. Clever styling for its Australian market, Chrysler used styling cues from its slightly upmarket American Dodge Dart and an exclusive local rear styling feature which give the illusion of being larger than its predecessors. Infact, it was only slightly longer, and on par with all other dimensions than its predecessors. This strategy had been successful for Ford with its XP Falcon using many upmarket and obsolete Mecury Comet panels and features. The styling was deceiving in that many would be surprised that it was narrower than both the Holden HR and the Falcon XP and its XR successor. While it was longer than its rivals, this was mainly in the long boot, so it was infact less spacious than the Holden and much less than the either the XP or XR Falcon. Relatively space inefficient, it still boosted a massive luggage area. The VC was a strong selling vehicle and held its third place position throughout its lifespan. The VC's sedan rear styling feature unfortunately didnt extend to its Safari Wagon or Wayfarer utility versions, and this made the sedan look positively more contemporary than its aging siblings. Although having an obvious prestige approach to its marketing and styling, the VC was in a similar position to its XP Falcon rival in that it was the last(and best) version of a design which had been around for some years, whereas the Holden HR (being based off the HD) origins were newer, but it could be said that the Holdens constant new bodystyles were needed during the sixties to catch up to its Valiant and Falcon rivals, in size, space, style and performance. Unusual for Chrysler, it was the last of the big three to introduce a disc brake option and this was made available with the VC, whereas Ford had made them standard on its Fairmont and optional on its Falcons the year before. By 1967, with the advent of the XR range with its V8 option available on all versions (in contrast to the luxury level V8 only Valiant VC) and the long wheelbase luxury Fairlane ZA series, which somewhat had diminished the effect on Chrysler's marketing strategy on the VC, it was clear a more modern and spacious replacement was needed. Having said that, the VC is considered by many as one of the most attractive Valiants of all time. Quite a feat for our local pentastar as they were working with a budget and didnt have the resources that its two main rivals had. The VC was exported to England as a luxury saloon and the Penaster had used its newly acquired Rootes Group to allow our local VC to be marketed and sold there. This was needed for the Rootes Group as the Humber Super Snipe needed a more modern replacement, and financially it was considered more viable to introduce our Regals there instead of designing and retooling a new Snipe. The VC Valiant strengthened Chrysler Australia's position and this was further enhanced by its VE successor.
James Posey
Posted 2016 days ago
I cant believe I found this web site. I owned a 1966 Valiant 273 V8 with the 4 spd option. Bucket seats, console, Two Tone paint. Maroon and Siver under door molding. I would give my right arm to find one to restore. Great car, fun fun fun, for a High school kid as I was then. many memories in my Valiant. I have a 2009 Challenger 5.7 Hemi, 6 spd Tremec duel clutch plated tire shredding machine. Yea, its got a Hemi, Sweet
John Gibson
Posted 2257 days ago
This was easily the best looking Valiant. Inside,the circular gauges work and look better than the 'strip' gauges in all the later Valiants. Outside,the squared off look and mild tail fins worked a treat. Its a pity the V8 wasn't available in every model,and as a manual. A VC ute with 273 V8 and 4spd would be something i would be truly proud to own.
 
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