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VH CH Valiant Specifications

Chrysler Valiant VH
  • Years of Manufacture: 1971 - 1973
  • Number Built: 67,800
  • Price at Introduction:
    • 215 Ranger Sedan: $2895
    • 245 Ranger Sedan: $2985
    • 265 2 barrel Pacer: $3235
    • Charger RT E38: $3975
    • Regal 770: $3885
    • Regal 770 V8: $4015
    • Regal 770 V8 Wagon: $4125
  • Options:
    • Air Conditioning: $400
    • Power steering $140 with auto only
    • Disc brakes $40 option with 215 engine
    • Power brakes $25
    • Vinyl roof $70 Ranger XL and Regals
    • Sure grip diff $45 Pacer only
    • Pacer hood patches $20
    • Pacer comfort pack $95
    • Nylon weave bench seat less $50 Regal only
    • 245 in lieu of 215 (incl disc brakes) $90
    • 265 in lieu of 245 $70
    • 318 V8 in lieu of 265 $120
    • Regal drops central padded strip of Ranger and Pacer for bigger dials. Regal 770 gets tacho in place of clock, gives VH a total of four different dashboards.
  • Models:
    • Ranger Sedan
    • Ranger Wagon
    • Hardtop
    • Pacer
    • Charger
    • Regal Sedan
    • Regal Wagon
    • Chrysler Sedan
    • Chrysler Hardtop
    • Wayfarer Utility
  • Date(s) of Introduction:
    • June 1971
  • To Identify:
    • Entirely new sheet metal over outgoing VG
    • High waistline with minimal panel curvature
    • Body coutoured bumpers flowing to parking light/indicator assembly
    • Curved rear deck
  • Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length:
      • Sedan: 192.8 inches (4897 mm)
      • Hardtop: 196.8 inches (4999 mm)
      • Charger: 179.7 inches (4564 mm)
      • Wagon: 197.3 inches (5011 mm)
      • Utility: 194.3 inches (4935 mm)
      • Chrysler Sedan: 196.7 (4996 mm)
      • Chrysler Hardtop: 196.7 (4996 mm)
    • Total width: 74.2 inches (1885 mm)
    • Height at kerb weight
      • Sedan: 55.9 inches (1420 mm)
      • Hardtop: 55.2 inches (1402 mm)
      • Charger: 54.5 (1384 mm)
      • Wagon: 58.2 inches (1478 mm)
      • Utility: 56.6 inches (1438 mm)
      • Chrysler Sedan: 56.2 (1427 mm)
      • Chrysler Hardtop: 55.2 (1402 mm)
    • Wheelbase
      • Sedan: 111 inches (2819 mm)
      • Hardtop: 115 inches (2921 mm)
      • Charger: 105 (2667 mm)
      • Wagon: 111 inches (2819 mm)
      • Utility: 111 inches (2819 mm)
      • Chrysler Sedan: 115 (2921 mm)
      • Chrysler Hardtop: 115 (2921 mm)
    • Front Track: 58.32 inches (1481 mm)
    • Rear Track: 58.72 inches (1491 mm)
  • Kerb Weight:
    • Hemi 6
      • Sedan: 3100 lb (1406 kg)
      • Wagon: 3350 lb (1520 kg)
      • Chrysler: 3370 lb (1529 kg)
      • Hardtop: 3175 lb (1440 kg)
      • Ute: 3020 lb (1370 kg)
      • Charger: 2980 lb (1352 kg)
    • V8
      • Sedan: 3800 lb (1724 kg)
      • Wagon: 3510 lb (1592 kg)
      • Chrysler: 3570 lb (1619 kg)
      • Hardtop: 3335 lb (1513 kg)
      • Charger 340: 3230 lb (1465 kg)
      • Charger 360: 3250 lb (1474 kg)
    • Add 50 lb (23 kg) for Pacer, Regal, Regal 770, Charger R/T and Charger 770
    • Add 40 lb (18 kg) for power steering
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer
    • Petrol gauge
    • Temperature gauge
    • Alternator gauge
    • Oil warning lamp
  • Transmission:
    • 3 Speed Manual Standard
      • 1st: 2.95:1
      • 2nd: 1.83:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.67:1
    • 3 Speed Manual Pacer
      • 1st: 2.71:1
      • 2nd: 1.55:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.37:1
    • 3 Speed Manual E37/E38
      • 1st: 2.50:1
      • 2nd: 1.43:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.10:1
    • 4 Speed Manual E48/E49
      • 1st: 2.82:1
      • 2nd: 1.84:1
      • 3rd: 1.32:1
      • 4th: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.56:1
    • A904/727 TorqueFlite Automatic (V8)
      • Torque converter coupled to 3 speed epicyclic transmission
      • Stall ratio: 2.20
      • 1st: 2.45:1
      • 2nd: 1.45:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.20:1
    • TorqueFlite "C" or "D" Automatic (6)
      • Torque converter coupled to 3 speed epicyclic transmission
      • Stall ratio: 2.20
      • 1st: 2.39:1
      • 2nd: 1.45:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.09:1
  • Clutch:
    • 9 1/2" Single-plate, dry disc, diaphragm type spring driven
    • Note: Six Pack fitted with 9" Twin-plate
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • Hemi 215 Pacer and Charger R/T: 3.23:1
    • Hemi 245, 265 and 318 V8: 2.92:1
    • 340 V8: 2.92:1 (4 pinion assembly)
    • 360 V8: 2.77:1 (4 pinion assembly)
    • Optional suregrip 3.23:1 and 3.5:1 (6 only)
  • Hemi 215 engine:
    • Capacity: 215 cubic inches (3.5 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.52 x 3.68 inches (89.408 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 140 bhp (104 kW) at 4400rpm
    • Torque: 200 lb-ft (271 Nm) at 1800rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 12° BTC
        • closes: 56° ABC
        • duration: 248°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 54° BBC
        • closes: 10° ATC
        • duration: 244°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Hemi 245 engine:
    • Capacity: 245 cubic inches (4.0 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.76 x 3.68 inches (95.504 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 165 bhp (123 kW) at 4400 rpm
    • Torque: 235 lb-ft (319 Nm) at 1800 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 12° BTC
        • closes: 56° ABC
        • duration: 248°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 54° BBC
        • closes: 10° ATC
        • duration: 244°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Hemi 265 engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches (4.3 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter 2 barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.68 inches (99.314 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 203 bhp (151 kW) at 4800 rpm
    • Torque: 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) at 3000 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 15° BTC
        • closes: 61° ABC
        • duration: 256°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 57° BBC
        • closes: 15° ATC
        • duration: 252°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints

Also see:

  • Hemi 265 HP engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches (4.3 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter 2 barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.68 inches (99.314 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 218 bhp (163 kW) at 4800 rpm
    • Torque: 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) at 3000 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 15° BTC
        • closes: 61° ABC
        • duration: 256°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 57° BBC
        • closes: 15° ATC
        • duration: 252°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Hemi 265 E37/48 engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches (4.3 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: 3 x 2 barrel side-draft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.68 inches (99.314 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 248 bhp (185 kW) at 4800 rpm
    • Torque: 306 lb-ft (415 Nm) at 3000 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 15° BTC
        • closes: 61° ABC
        • duration: 256°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 57° BBC
        • closes: 15° ATC
        • duration: 252°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Hemi 265 E38 engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches (4.3 litres) 4340cc
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: 3 x 2 barrel Weber side-draft type carburettor 45 DCOE with mechanical fuel pump
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.68 inches (99.314 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 280 bhp (209 kW) at 5000 rpm
    • Torque: 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) at 3700 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 18° BTC
        • closes: 75° ABC
        • duration: 272°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 62° BBC
        • closes: 30° ATC
        • duration: 272°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Hemi 265 E49 engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches (4.3 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: 3 x 2 barrel side-draft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.68 inches (99.314 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: 302 bhp (225 kW) at 5600 rpm
    • Torque: 325 lb-ft (441 Nm) at 4100 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 40° BTC
        • closes: 88° ABC
        • duration: 308°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 80° BBC
        • closes: 48° ATC
        • duration: 308°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • 318 V8:
    • Capacity: 318 cubic inches (5.2 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, OHV, 90° Vee, "wedge" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter two barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.31 inches (99.314 x 84.074 mm)
    • Power: 230 bhp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm
    • Torque: 340 lb-ft (461 Nm) at 2400 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 10° BTC
        • closes: 50° ABC
        • duration: 240°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 58° BBC
        • closes: 10° ATC
        • duration: 248°
    • Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
    • Radiator Capacity: 26 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • 360 V8:
    • Capacity: 360 cubic inches (5.9 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, OHV, 90° Vee, "wedge" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Holley two barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 3.58 inches (101.6 x 90.932 mm)
    • Power: 255 bhp (190 kW) at 4400 rpm
    • Torque: 360 lb-ft (488 Nm) at 2400 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 16° BTC
        • closes: 56° ABC
        • duration: 252°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 60° BBC
        • closes: 16° ATC
        • duration: 256°
    • Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
    • Radiator Capacity: 26 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • 340 E55 V8:
    • Capacity: 340 cubic inches (5.6 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, OHV, 90° Vee, "wedge" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Single 4-barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 4.04 x 3.31 inches (102.616 x 84.074 mm)
    • Power: 275 bhp (205 kW) at 5000rpm
    • Torque: 340 lb-ft (461 Nm) at 3200rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 22 ° BTC
        • closes: 66° ABC
        • duration: 268°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 74 ° BBC
        • closes: 22 ° ATC
        • duration: 276°
    • Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
    • Radiator Capacity: 26 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Top Speed in Gears Pacer Hemi 265 HP 3 Speed Manual:
    • 1st: 42 mph (68 km/h)
    • 2nd: 74 mph (119 km/h)
    • 3rd: 116 mph (187 km/h)
    • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 8.3 seconds
    • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 16.0 seconds
  • Top Speed in Charger RT E38:
    • 1st: 55 mph (88 km/h)
    • 2nd: 95 mph (152 km/h)
    • 3rd: 128 mph (205 km/h)
    • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 6.3 seconds
    • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 14.8 seconds
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt, 45 amp hr battery
    • 35 amp Alternator
  • Exhaust:
    • Single tail-pipe, straight through resonance type muffler
  • Suspension:
    • Front:
      • Independent by torsion bars
      • Unequal length control arms
      • Anti roll bar .88" for wagons, Pacer, Regal 770, Charger
      • Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
      • Torsion bars .87" x 35.8"
    • Rear
      • Live axle by asymmetrical semi elliptic leaf springs
      • Telescopic shock absorbers
      • Sedan and Hardtop: 4 leaves 55" x 2 1/2"
      • Wagon and Chrysler: 5 leaves 55" x 2 1/2"
      • Utility: 7 leaves 55" x 2 1/2" dual rate
  • Steering:
    • Recirculating ball type, ratio 20:1
    • R/T with A84 or A87 option: 16:1
    • Power Steering
      • Recirculating ball with integral power cylinders (co-axial)
      • Ratio: 15.7:1
    • Turns lock-to-lock: 4.0
  • Brakes:
    • Tandem/divided master cylinder
    • Front
      • All models except Hemi 215: 11 inch ventilated disc with single piston, sliding head calliper
      • Hemi 215: 9 inch x 2 1/2 drum with optional disc brakes as above
    • Rear: 9 inch x 2" (228.6 mm) drums
    • Booster: Girling FD50 standard on Regal, Regal 770, Chrysler and Charger 770. Optional on all other models fitted with disc brakes
  • Wheels (Steel disc with safety rims):
    • Ranger XL, Charger XL and Regal: 14" x 5.5" JJ
    • Regal 770, Charger 770, Pacer and Charger R/T: 14" x 6.5" JJ Styled Wheel
    • Charger R/T with A84 or A87 option: 14" x 7.0" JJ Cast Aluminium Alloy
  • Tyres:
    • Ranger, Ranger XL and Regal: 6.95 x 14 4-ply
    • Regal 770, Pacer and Charger R/T: 185SR x 14 Radial Ply
    • Wagon: 7.35 x 14 4-ply
    • Charger R/T with A84 or A87 option: E70HR x 14 radial ply
    • Utility: 7.35 x 14 6 ply
    • Note: Chryslers, Ranger XL's, Charger XL's and Regals (excluding Regal 770's) had whitewall tyres

Engine/Transmission Combinations by Body Code
Body Code
Body Style
Model
Engine
Speeds
Transmission
VH1-M-41
Sedan
Ranger
Hemi 215
3
Manual
VH2-M-41
Sedan
Ranger
Hemi 215
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-M-41
Sedan
Ranger
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-M-41
Sedan
Ranger
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-D-41
Sedan
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-D-41
Sedan
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH7-D-41
Sedan
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH8-D-41
Sedan
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH7-S-41
Sedan
Pacer
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH4-H-41
Sedan
Regal
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH8-H-41
Sedan
Regal
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH6-P-41
Sedan
Regal 770
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
VH8-P-41
Sedan
Regal 770
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH3-D-23
Hardtop
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-D-23
Hardtop
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH7-D-23
Hardtop
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH8-D-23
Hardtop
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH4-H-23
Hardtop
Regal
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH8-H-23
Hardtop
Regal
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH6-P-23
Hardtop
Regal 770
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
VH8-P-23
Hardtop
Regal 770
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH1-M-29
Coupe
Charger
Hemi 215
3
Manual
VH2-M-29
Coupe
Charger
Hemi 215
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-M-29
Coupe
Charger
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-M-29
Coupe
Charger
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-D-29
Coupe
Charger XL
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-D-29
Coupe
Charger XL
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH7-D-29
Coupe
Charger XL

Hemi 265

3
Manual
VH8-D-29
Coupe
Charger XL
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH7-S-29
Coupe
Charger R/T
3
Manual
VH6-H-29
Coupe
Charger 770
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
VH6-H-29
Coupe
Charger 770
V8 340
3
TorqueFlite A727 automatic
VH7-H-29
Coupe
Charger 770
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH8-H-29
Coupe
Charger 770
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH1-M-45
Wagon
Ranger
Hemi 215
3
Manual
VH2-M-45
Wagon
Ranger
Hemi 215
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-M-45
Wagon
Ranger
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-M-45
Wagon
Ranger
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-D-45
Wagon
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-D-45
Wagon
Ranger XL
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH7-D-45
Wagon
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH8-D-45
Wagon
Ranger XL
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH4-H-45
Wagon
Regal
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH6-H-45
Wagon
Regal
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
VH8-H-45
Wagon
Regal
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
VH1-E-22
Utility
Dodge
Hemi 215
3
Manual
VH1-L-22
Utility
Utility
Hemi 215
3
Manual
VH3-L-22
Utility
Utility
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-L-22
Utility
Utility
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH3-M-22
Utility
Ranger Utility
Hemi 245
3
Manual
VH4-M-22
Utility
Ranger Utility
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite "D" automatic
VH7-M-22
Utility
Ranger Utility
Hemi 265
3
Manual
VH8-M-22
Utility
Ranger Utility
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
CH6-P-41
Sedan
Chrysler
V8 360
3
TorqueFlite A727 automatic
CH8-P-41
Sedan
Chrysler
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
CH6-P-23
Hardtop
Chrysler
V8 360
3
TorqueFlite A727 automatic
CH8-P-23
Hardtop
Chrysler
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite "C" automatic
Note: If a 4 speed manual gearbox was optioned, the body code remained the same as for a 3 speed
Note 2: If a 340V8/A727 was optioned, the body code remained the same as for a 318V8/A904 (ie: VH6-H-29, only as Charger 770 SE 340, E55)

The VH Valiant



Look back to automotive news of 1971 and you would be forgiven for thinking everything was HQ - and why not, the Generals new model was a watershed in local design. By the middle of June all attention was focused on the HQ Holden - everyone knew was coming - and even on the Falcon that was due to hit the showrooms the following February was getting plenty of media coverage. But there was arguably another model just as important, and arguably as bigger departure from its predecessors as the Holden and Ford.

That car was of course the VH Valiant. It's styling was the biggest surprise - completely new and totally Australian. It was a massive departure from previous Valiants which had been little more than American Valiants with different badges, grilles and tail lights. But there were important new developments among the specifications, engines and equipment too. Three inches were added to the wheelbase, but the overall length commendably increased only four-tenths of an inch.

The front track was four-tenths of an inch wider and the rear track up by 2.4 inches - making the Valiant the only "big-three" car with the rear track wider than the front. This development teams with new 5.5-inch wide rims - 6.5 on Pacer and Regal 770 (up half an inch) for better ride and stability. There was an all-new 265 CID six that developed 203 bhp at 4800 rpm and a massive 262 lb/ft of torque at 2000 rpm, making it more powerful than Holden's 253 V8 and way ahead of Ford's 250 Two-barrel. It required a new block casting to take the bore from 3.76 to 3.91 in. and used pistons from the 318 V8 engine.

Disc brakes were standard on all but the cheapest, small-engined Ranger. On Regal and Regal 770 the discs were power assisted. Inside there was a steering lock, reversible keys, exceptionally good seat belts and the handbrake was mounted on the floor beside the right-hand side of the driver's seat. The heaters controls were moved over to the right-hand side of the steering column. The basic model line-up was:
  • Ranger 215/245
  • Ranger XL,
  • Regal
  • Regal 770
  • Pacer 265.
VH Valiant
The VH Valiant, all Aussie designed.

VH Valiant Interior
VH Valiant Interior.

The Valiant Ranger



Prices were up $90 over the VG. The Ranger XL was a brand new model for 1971, and featured slotted trim, slightly better equipment and prestige-wise it sat between the Ranger and the Regal to put Chrysler into more direct competition with Ford and Holden. The base car, the Ranger 215 (140 bhp) at $2888, was the equivalent of the Holden Kingswood. You could option the 245 160 bhp engine (and the then mandatory disc brakes) for an extra $90 - a wise investment.

The Valiant Ranger XL



Next in the Valiant VH lineup was the Ranger XL, which was always going to be the most important of the new models. At $3158 it costs $180 more than the Ranger 245, and went into direct competition with the Falcon Futura in a slot just below the Holden Premier. The Ranger XL was powered by a 245 CID six with disc brakes as a standard (but no power assistance) and all the equipment and trim that was standard on the old VG Regal (carpets, split front bench with fold-down armrest, better instrumentation, boot light, night and day mirror and other dress-up gear). The new 265 was is optional for an extra $70.

The Valiant Regal



The VH Regal was $3678, which was $265 over the Ranger XL 245 automatic (auto was standard in the Regal). It was fitted with some extra kit that took it close to the old Regal 770 standard. And the new Regal 770 went another step again - there was a new wood grain instrument panel, and some better handling and performance equipment including a front anti-sway bar, R O H 6.5-inch specially-styled wheels taken from the Pacer with 185 x 14 radials standard, two quartz halogen driving lights mounted in the grille and the 265 engine as standard (the 318 V8 was still optional).

The Valiant Pacer



The Pacer added to its street cred with fully calibrated gauges and sports steering wheel. The gear change, however, still lacked reverse gear lock out - a common criticism of the Valiants. At $3878 the Pacer was a solid performance package that offered far more individuality than most other makes. It was fitted with the mandatory body stripes and screaming new colors, but under the look-at-me style the car was a big improvement on the old car. It was $85 dearer than the VG Pacer, but for the money you got a new, high-performance version of the 265 engine that put out 218 bhp at 4800 rpm 120 more than VG's undisclosed figure (and 273 lb/ft of torque at 3000 rpm 128 lb/ft more than the VG). Quarter times were in the high fifteens with a top end of more than 120 mph. Wide 61/2 in. road wheels were standard.

The Pacer Comfort Pack



Unfortunately there was no four-speed gearbox - the VH retailed the close ratio three-speed driving a high-performance 3.23 diff. A $95 "comfort pack" equipped the car with carpets, reclining buckets, three-spoke sports steering wheel and dressed-up instrumentation. The 6.5-in. sports wheels and 185 radials were standard. The seats in all but the basic Ranger were good, and the driving position was considered, by most, to be superior to the VG. Rear legroom too was increased - the foot space was up two inches better and the seat was wide and better designed, but headroom was still compromised - strange on a car of its size.

Road testers claimed the brake feel was good, and the clutch was smooth in all but the Pacer's, which was heavy and tiring. There was a new lever handbrake, the first of its type on an Australian Big Three car. It was much easier to reach and operate than the old pull-out type. The trim, paintwork and finish was considered by motoring journalists to be far better than previous Valiants. It had a quality look and feel.

Also see: VH Valiant Review
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