by Don Kincl
I’d sure like to be there, looks like nice scenery.
Or spend a month on location, find the rest of the parts and drive that Valiant out of there..
Ex-project car? It looks as if someone spent a lot of time filling and sanding the body before it arrived at the yard.
As a tall person, I give kudos to Chrysler for not penalizing room for long-low-wide proportions. It’s the rest of the Valiant that makes it look dorky,
You can’t see it very well, but it almost looks like someone fitted custom oval headlights (like Cibies) into the Valiant’s headlight nacelles. If so, that would have been a very cool looking front end.
For Sale: 1961 Valiant with Air Conditioning. Needs work.
I’d gladly spend an afternoon alone there, checking out the old cars.
It is the first Valiant of that generation, that I’m the least bit attracted to. I guess that Exner look does grown on you after 60 years or so.
In September of 1959, my father, then working for Dick Genthe Chrysler Plymouth in__I’m pretty sure__Lincoln Park, MI (Detroit suburb) took personal delivery of a new ’60 model Valiant V200 (the higher trim level) 4-door sedan in a pale/powder blue color.
I would’ve been almost five (<5) at the time, and the little girl, my playmate next door, was all upset thinking that my dad bought me a car, and her parents wouldn't get her a "little car"; it was the first "compact" in our NW Detroit neighborhood!
Yes, the styling does grow on you, "toilet seat" ring on the trunk and all! I've fantasied about finding a 2-door coupe version and outfitting it with a hi-po 340/4-sp (though I guess nowadays, you'd want a 5 or 6-sp xmsn…). Fit double-adjustable Koni shocks & fr/rr anti-rollbars, etc. I think it would be one of the most crowded-around cars at any local Cars & Coffee__when was the last time you've seen one…?
For the record, my dad's car survived a couple of crashes that should've written off the car, then it being my brother's 1st car, and ultimately 130,000 miles by the time my dad sold it to our across the street neighbor. He was most proud of the fact that the valve cover had never been removed! The neighbor lady added another 100,000 miles, included it being her daughter's 1st car.
The 1960 Valiant was also the first American production car to be fitted with an alternator 😉
Poor thing, all that remains of its 1963 companion is its fender
Thanks for the ID. I was trying to figure out that fender and got stuck on ’61 American.
Pretty darn close, They’re surprisingly similar looking, I had to fact check myself. I was wrong on it being a 63, it actually appears to be from a 65
I’m surprised they left the seats there in the weather, they look pretty good. Bolt on a few legs and it’d make a nice office chair.
Seats from a Ford Granada Ghia methinks
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