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Chrysler Valiant VG Pacer

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Chrysler Valiant VG Pacer

1970 - 1973
Country:
Australia
Engine:
Slant 6
Capacity:
225 ci
Power:
185 hp/218 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. man
Top Speed:

179 km/h

Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
4 star
Chrysler Valiant VG Pacer
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4

Introduction



Chrysler brought out the sporty Pacer in 1969. Powered by a high-performance slant six, it featured a beefed up suspension, floor-mounted four-speed, snarly exhaust, and built-in tachometer.

The slant six put out about 170-180 hp, and the quarter mile was about 17.8 seconds. The VF model Pacer was only available as a 4 door sedan coupled to a 3 speed manual floor shift.

The VG Pacer (1970) was the first model to offer a Pacer 2 door coupe (as pictured). The VG Pacer sedans were available as the standard Pacer (245 Hemi, 185 hp with 2 bbl), E31 Pacer (High Performance 250 version of the 245, with a 2 bbl carb, about 195 hp)and the E34 Pacer (Even higher ouput version of the 250 E31 engine with a 4 bbl carb, wilder camshaft, etc, around 235 hp).

Due to Chrysler Australia's policy of using only locally produced components, and the fact that no local manufacturer was producing a 4 speed gearbox, the Pacer was limited to a 3 speed floor shift manual gearbox.

The Pacer got new power in 1970. Its new, Australian engine used hemispherical ("hemi") heads in a 245 cubic inch in-line six, a two-barrel carburettor, and a higher lift cam.

The Pacer, with a four-barrel carb, could do the quarter mile in under 16 seconds. A 1972 VH Pacer Sedan, with a manual 265 two barrel, originally sold for $3235.

The engine ran 218 hp (163 kW) @ 4800 rpm, 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) @ 3000 rpm. Top speed 112mph (179km/h), 0-60 mph 7.6 sec, standing quarter 15.9 sec, weighing in at 3120 lb (1415 kg). The next year, the VH models came out.

The VH Pacer had a higher performance 265, and it set a record for being the fastest mass-produced four-door sedan with a six cylinder engine produced in Australia (the record was undisputed until 1988).

The relatively inexpensive Pacer's 265 had 218 hp and 273 lb-ft, leading to a 15.9 second quarter mile, 8 second 0-100 km/h, and top speed of 185 km/h (with a three-speed).

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Valiant VG Specifications
Chrysler Valiant History
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Matt12
Posted 531 days ago
Always a shame the E34 wasn't fitted with a 4-speed and the problems with the 4bbl weren't fixed
apeefive
Posted 744 days ago
The big VH Pacer was an extremely underrated vehicle that was almost always underestimated by any brand X V8 driver, and even other Chrysler owners. You needed a 351, early 350 or a rare 340 to beat it with a stock-o bent eight (though Chrysler's R/T range and the LJ Bathurst XU-1 could dust it and were 6s too) and many 302s and 308s were left behind. Great car that was no where near as bad a handler and steerer as many who believed the opposition would think. Heaps of room, wild paint and awesome power for a stock six in 1971, especially the later 4 speeds which picked up a tenth or two on the 1/4 mile.
 
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