Chrysler Valiant AP6

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Chrysler Valiant AP6


Chrysler Valiant AP6

1965 - 1966
Slant 6 & V8
3.7 & 4.4 ltr.
180 bhp / 135 kw (V8)
3 spd. man / 3 spd. "TorqueFlite" auto
Top Speed:
109 mph / 175 km/h (V8)
Number Built:
3 star
Chrysler Valiant AP6
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Our Rating: 3


The Valiant AP6 was an evolution of the AP5, having a facelifted split grille and introducing to the range the V8 engined Valiant "Regal", along with the “Wayfarer” utility.

The basic body work was carried over from the AP5, although along with the grille revision were slightly protruding headlights, a new bonnet and new front guards which increased the cars length 63mm (2 inches).

There were also several significant technological improvements introduced, such as self adjusting brakes, although regrettably the futuristic automatic push button gear selector was changed to a traditional lever system and located on the steering wheel.

Chrysler claimed the push button system was dumped in order to standardize gearshift operations across the industry, but the truth was the push button system was not all that popular, and certainly not worth the added cost of manufacture. What a shame.

The camshaft for the slant six was redesigned, resulting in improved torque (due to increased valve overlap and a higher lift action).

All models were now finished in acrylic enamel paint - at the time most advanced paint available, while the introduction of metallic paint on some models was available. Power brakes were made available across the range as an option, as was two-tone trim.

Prices remained unchanged over the outgoing AP5, starting at ₤1240 ($2480) and rising to ₤1625 ($3250) for the Regal Safari. In April Chrysler released the wonderful “Wayfarer” utility – it selling for ₤1059 ($2118) in manual form and ₤1174 ($2348)  when optioned with an automatic transmission.

Then in August came the big news, with the wonderful 273ci V8 also available as an option. Sourced from the US where it was fitted to the Plymouth Barracuda, the 4.4 litre engine produced 135kW and 352.6 Nm, making it remarkably tractable, particularly in the more “compact” Valiant guise. The Valiant now boasted a top speed of 109 mph (175 km/h).

It was not too easy to identify the V8 fitted sedans and wagons, the body requiring only very minor alteration to accommodate the new engine. There were, of course, V-8 emblems fitted to the front guards, the boot lid and bonnet, but to make these models more a cut above the rest of the pack the sedan models were fitted with a vinly roof (available in either black or white), while the Safari wagon was fitted with a roof rack.

Both sedan and Safari wagon V8 models used the “TorqueFlite 8” transmission, while the rear suspension was stiffened and a heavy duty 3.23:1 rear axle fitted to help cope with extra power and extra 57kg premium over the slant-six models. The V8’s obviously needed more stopping power, so Chrysler fitted power assisted brakes as standard equipment, although disc brakes remained unavailable. Priced at just under  ₤1800 ($3600) they made for a very attractive proposition.

Chrysler Australia had difficulty meeting demands with the Valiant being built at Tonsley Park at a maximum rate of 200 cars per eight hour shift. Customers had to wait up to 4 months to get their hands on a new AP6, although the Australian content had now grown to 65%. The challenge for Chrysler remained however, with the Commonwealth Government requesting this figure grow to 95% within 5 years. In all, some 43,344 AP6 Valiant’s were manufactured.
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any advice to fit inertia reel seat belts?
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its in the photos
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i now own the car in photos with the number plates af 14 xl
adrian merritt
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can anyone tell me how i can identify if my ap6 was a factory v8?i bought it with a slant motor in it but it has disc brake front/carpeted door trims features wich only came out in the v8 model also on the back of the tail lights they have the usual part numbers but also have 273 stamped on them. any one with information can email me at [email protected] ***
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has anyone got any links, images etc. on the origins of an AP6 valiant ambulance? cheers
John Browne
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A mate of mines dad had a white AP6 V8 wagon from new, chrome roof rack, Vic reg JJA-650. It must have been a Regal. Brilliant car, my mate would occassionally borrow it and we'd go from some country drives at night, Whittlesea, Black Spur, etc. This is the late 1960s, early 1970s. The wagon for it's time was smooth, quite fast. One night we went up through the back of Yarrambat, quite a fast run. My mate had left the car in 2nd by mistake.
When the father returned to live in the USA in the early 1970s I bought the car for $800 with about 80,000 miles on it. Still ran great and looked fabulous in white. Only sold it to buy a 1965 390 Galaxie. Sadly the Galaxie bought from an auction turned out to have a worn out engine, but a great body. We were a bit spoilt in the 1970s. Back then about $1500 in 1972/1973 would buy you a brand new Kawasaki H2 750 3 cylinder motorbike. Now there was a fast machine and something really to get the excitement going!
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@phil - only 2000 built
see here:
*** valiant *** /ausval.html
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Can any one tell me how many ap6 wayfarer utility's were produced
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This should have been the 1965 Plymouth Valiant Signet. That front clip was just like the Barracuda.
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