Valiant Spotters Guide

Although the Charger is arguably the best remembered Valiant in Australian motor sport, earlier models achieved class wins at the annual "Bathurst 500" production car race, something that the Charger never did.

An AP5 Valiant won Class D at the 1963 Armstrong 500, a VC Valiant V8 won Class D at the 1966 Gallaher 500 and a VG Valiant Pacer won Class D at the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500.

Chargers were raced in the Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Bathurst in 1971 and 1972 with factory support. They gained the respect of their competitors with a best placing of third outright and second in class in 1972.

Chrysler's policy was to race "Australian made" product, which meant the race cars ran 4.3 L (265 cu in) six cylinder engines equipped with triple Weber carburettors and 3 speed gearboxes. Even skilled driving and good engineering could not defeat Ford's legendary Falcon GTHO Phase III with its 5.8 L (~354 cu in) V8.

In New Zealand, however, the Chryslers proved to be virtually unbeatable from 19711979 at the famous B&H 500 mile (later 1000 km) series at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

The most successful drivers were Leo Leonard and Jim Little, who still races his Valiants (mostly pre-65 class).

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