Chrysler Australia Specifications

Send This Page To A Friend
Chrysler Australia Specifications
Chrysler would become the third major player in the Australian automotive marketplace, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Chrysler distributors had been finding it increasingly difficult to offload the large and more expensive US sedans in the face of competition from the all-conquering Holden, even sales of the Simca were in decline.

Following the lead of Ford to assemble an American compact sedan for the Australian market, Chrysler imported just over 1000 R series Valiant sedans to be assembled at their Mile End facility in Adelaide. The R Series was far sleeker and more modern looking than Holden’s EK, and the recently introduced Falcon XK was beginning to suffer reliability problems on the tough Aussie roads – it is no wonder then that the original shipment of R Series Valiant’s sold out in days.

Buoyed  by the success, Chrysler would undertake the serious importing of S series components for assembly, some 10,000 units rolling of the production line and into the hands of eagerly awaiting purchasers during 1962. Unable to meet demand for the Valiant, Chrysler undertook the $36 million construction of their Tonsley Park facility, and by 1963 the new AP5’s would be rolling off the line, boasting high local content and local design initiatives to ensure the cars suitability to Australian roads.

Despite doubling the expansion to some $72 million, Chrysler’s biggest problem was in meeting demand. In 1965 Chrysler acquired Rootes Australia and assumed control of their Melbourne manufacturing and assembling facilities, helping bolster production output and putting Chrysler firmly in 3rd spot on the new car sales chart, having a 13.5% share. The best days for the marque are unquestionably the 1960’s, the brand simply unable to keep up with Holden and Ford during the 1970’s and slowly loosing ground, despite such wonderful iterations as the Pacer and Charger.

Also see: Chrysler History | Chrysler Valiant Colour Codes | Chrysler Valiant Option Codes
1962 Chrysler Valiant RV1  

1962 Chrysler Valiant RV1 Specifications

1962 / 1963 Chrysler Valiant SV1  

1962 / 1963 Chrysler Valiant SV1 Specifications

1963 / 1965 Chrysler Valiant AP5  

1963 / 1965 Chrysler Valiant AP5 Specifications

1965 / 1966 Chrysler Valiant AP6  

1965 / 1966 Chrysler Valiant AP6 Specifications

1966 / 1967 Chrysler Valiant VC  

1966 / 1967 Chrysler Valiant VC Specifications

1967 / 1969 Chrysler Valiant VE  

1967 / 1969 Chrysler Valiant VE Specifications

1969 / 1970 Chrysler Valiant VF  

1969 / 1970 Chrysler Valiant VF Specifications

1970 / 1971 Chrysler Valiant VG  

1970 / 1971 Chrysler Valiant VG Specifications

1971 / 1973 Chrysler Valiant VH and Valiant CH  

1971 / 1973 Chrysler Valiant VH and CH Specifications

1971 / 1973 Chrysler Valiant VH and Valiant CH  

1973 / 1975 Chrysler Valiant VJ and CJ Specifications

1974 Chrysler Valiant Charger 770  

1974 Chrysler Valiant Charger 770

1975 / 1976 Chrysler Valiant VK and CK  

1975 / 1976 Chrysler Valiant VK and CK Specifications

1976 / 1978 Chrysler Valiant CL  

1976 / 1978 Chrysler Valiant CL Specifications

Chrysler Valiant CM  

1978 / 1981 Chrysler Valiant CM Specifications

Latest Classic Car Classifieds

You may also like...