lauantai 10. elokuuta 2013

Plymouth Valiant 1964

Plymouth Valiant 1964

Plymouth Valiant oli vuosina 1960–1976 valmistettu yhdysvaltalainen automalli, jota valmisti Chrysler. Plymouth Valiant oli aikanaan suosittu perheauto ja yksi edullisimmista Plymouth-malleista. Plymouth Valiantin valmistus loppui vuonna 1976. Myöhemmin Chrysler käytti Valiant-nimeä valmistaessaan Chrysler Valiant -automallia Australiassa. Valiantista valmistettiin myös mallia Valiant Signet. Suomessa Plymouth Valiantin neliovinen malli oli 1960-luvulla melko suosittu taksikäytössä.


Plymouth Valiant 1964

Nuoruuden muistoja, Valiant alla ja Hai saappaat jalassa, harmi kun ei tullut otettua autosta enempää kuvia. Kuten kuvasta näkyy nokkapelti oli vahvaa tekoa, siinä voi hyvin istua, ei tullut lommoja, samaa ei uskalla kokeilla nykyiseen menopeliin.

Plymouth Valiant 1964


Plymouth Valiant mk2 esiteltiin uudelleen muotoiltuna seuraajana ensimmäisen sukupolven Valiantille vuonna 1963. Akseliväli oli lyhentynyt edeltäjästä 13 mm ja mallistoon oli lisätty myös farmarimalli. Autosta tuli myös fastback-tyylinen versio, Plymouth Barracuda, jota pidetään ensimmäisenä pony-autona. Auton Dodge-merkkinen sisarmalli tunnetaan nyt nimellä Dodge Dart.

Plymouth Valiant 1964

The Plymouth Valiant is an automobile manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler Corporation in the United States from 1960 to 1976. It was created to give the company an entry in the compact car market emerging in the late 1950s. The Valiant was built and marketed worldwide in countries including Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, as well as other countries in South America and Western Europe.


Plymouth Valiant 1964

The Valiant was totally reskinned for 1963 with a 0.5 in (13 mm) shorter wheelbase; it had a wide, flat hood and a flat square rear deck. The upper belt feature line ran from the rear body, in a gentle sweep, to the front fender tip. Here it was 'veed' back and down to the trailing edge of the front fender. The roofline was flatter and sharpened in profile. The grille was a variation of the inverted trapezoid shape that characterized contemporary Chryslers, with a fine mesh insert. Advances in body structure, many accessories and a new spring-staged choke were promotional highlights. The Valiant was offered as a 2-door coupe or hardtop, a 4-door sedan and a station wagon. The hardtop and the convertible, with manual- or optional power-operated top, were offered only in the high V200 and premium Signet trim levels. The optional 225 cu in (3.7 L) slant-6 engine was initially offered with the die-cast aluminium block introduced in late 1961, but early in the 1963 model year the aluminum block was discontinued; both the 170 and 225 engines were thenceforth available only with iron blocks. In December 1962, Plymouth's first-ever vinyl-covered roof became available as an option on the Signet. The 1963 Valiant was much better received by the public, and sales for the year rose to 225,056

Plymouth Valiant 1964

Building on a worldwide record sales success in 1963, the Valiant moved into 1964 with design changes giving better economy, reliability and performance. Changes in the 1964 Valiant included a restyled front end featuring a new grille with a horizontal bars. A "Valiant" medallion was placed at the center of the grille where the bars formed a flat buldge. Vertical taillamps replaced the previous horizontal items. The ring-style rear deck decoration was replaced with a Valiant script located at the right-hand corner. There were few styling changes in the 1965 Valiants, but the 1966 Valiants had a split grille with fine-patterned insert; new front fenders; new rear fenders on the sedans; new bevelled-edge rear reck lid; heavier rear bumper; and a new roofline with large backlight.

Plymouth Valiant 1964

The new Chrysler-built A833 four-speed manual transmission was offered together with a Hurst shifter. Another new option was the Sure-Grip limited slip differential, which was touted as a bad-weather safety feature and also offered traction benefits in performance driving.

The Valiant was extremely popular in the U.S., Canada, and numerous markets outside North America. Plymouth supported a successful team of Valiant two-door sedans in the 1965 and 1966 SCCA Manufacturers Rally Championships.

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