This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes; You don’t see these too often anymore. Most of the survivors I’ve seen are two doors. A storied, compact Plymouth model with a ton of automotive importance (e.g., parent of the Barracuda) and a cool name, that eventually died of a broken heart in 1976 and was replaced by the (ack) Volare. This one looks like it is in pretty good shape. I know we’d all like it better if it was a two door with a 340 4 speed, but this one says it’s a V8 (I assume the 273 – the 340 in a four door in ’74 was only available in the Scamp package, of which only a few hundred were ordered, so look close), appears to be in good nick and the price is right, at $3995. Find this 1974 Plymouth Valiant for $3995 in Houston on CL.
This next car come as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: This car is a throwback to the days when most of the iron rolling out of Detroit had king mattress-sized hoods, got 9 miles to the gallon rolling downhill with a tail wind, and was about as nimble as a pregnant Yak. But the Europeans refused to make huge cars for sale in America, choosing sportiness and economy of operation instead, and the consumers were buying them, so the Big 3 were sticking their toes in the ‘cars smaller than Rhode Island’ water. The Valiant was one of the results. This example comes with the venerable Mopar 225 slant six and the amusing dash-mounted pushbutton automatic. It looks to be in good driver condition, pop-top and all. The enthusiastic seller is offering at $11,900 and ‘let’s talk’. Find this 1963 Plymouth Valiant in Sealy Texas via craigslist.
When you see a picture of a classic domestic car at a drag strip, it usually includes some lifted front tires and a tale of 10 second glory. This next car didn’t twist off the line and annihilate the Fox body Mustang in the next lane, and with an admitted 20 second 1/4 time (slant-6 […]
There is a car phenomenon called “stanced” where people drop cars on airbags and add crazy looking wheels with lots of camber. A lesser person might ridicule these things, but I like to point out that there is a large history behind modifying a vehicle footprint, and the same people who might look down on […]
This next car comes from Doug who writes: Looks like a nice easy project if someone wanted to take this car to the next level. It’s surprisingly handsome for a boxy ‘mom car’ from 72. Not a fancy interior but with a 318 it should have plenty of get up and go. The rallye wheels […]
Apparently, America has a President’s Day, something that would be unheard of in Australia. I have no idea what happens on President’s Day, I assume this year Americans will have to make an offering to their President, and kiss a cardboard cut-out of his feet. Never the less, should the President come to Australia, this […]
Like 70’s trucks, Volvo 240’s, and W123’s, the Dart/Valiant still possess a ton of utility. Therefore, there are still heaps of them around actually providing transportation to people. Though they are of the most usable of classics, they often aren’t seen as scarce and temperamental enough to be desirable. Find this 1976 Dodge Dart for sale […]
While American muscle cars might’ve been maimed by the 1973 Oil Crisis, and left to degrade into flabby coupes (the Mustang II comes to mind) Australian muscle cars had a much more natural death, slowly ceding to Japanese coupes by the early 80s. The Valiant Charger was a police favourite, often used as highway patrol […]
The third generation Plymouth Valiant (1967-1973) lived on a shared chassis with the compact and popular Dodge Dart. Dodge had their sporty hardtop Swinger version (cue Austin Powers jokes, yeah baby, yeah!) so Plymouth released the similarly oddly named Scamp edition. Only Chrysler could get away with selling cars that looked 10 years out of […]
Super Bowl XLIX (brought to you by Norvartis) is going to start in a few minutes and as a tribute to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Daily Turismo is happy to feature the following batch of barn fresh cars with carefully lowered tire air pressure. Find them here on craigslist located in Saratoga, NY […]