Junkyard Find: 1968 Plymouth Valiant Signet Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1968 plymouth valiant signet sedan

Sharp-eyed readers noticed the old Valiant parked next to last week’s Eagle Summit Junkyard Find, and some wondered if I’d photographed the Chrysler A-body while I was there. Of course I did!

I’ve owned a few late-60s Darts and Valiants and ridden in many more; these were the cheap, reliable, and semi-fuel-efficient beaters of the 1980s, before the prices of used Civics and Sentras came down to earth. I consider the 1967-75 Dart and Valiant to be the best basic-transportation cars Chrysler ever built; with the optional V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, they were also just as quick as more expensive Mustangs and Camaros.

Someone has already grabbed the head off this Slant Six, along with the instrument cluster and much of the car’s trim. That means there’s a Colorado Valiant getting nicer, even as this one prepares for death.

The Signet was the upscale version of the Valiant, with nicer interior and more chrome. “Nicer” is a relative term, of course; this car was all about the sweaty vinyl and cardboard-backed door panels.

It’s too bad that Chrysler 86’d the Plymouth marque, because a new Valiant to go with the new Dart would be just right for the dig-up-the-bones retro philosophy so much in vogue in Detroit.

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  • Andy D Andy D on May 12, 2012

    My brother bought a 66 Valiant that was loaded and had the big 6 in it. It was a little old lady car with under 20k miles on it. He lavished all sorts of attention on it. The car was perfect until he was the middle car in a 3 car pileup. Minor cosmetic damage. He sold it to me for 500$. It ran great for 5 yrs. I would have kept the car, but in a power disc brake world, manual drummies just couldnt cut it in rush hour traffic. Later I had a 74 Dart I bought for 50 bucks and drove for nearly 2 yrs. My 88 528e is a good update of the 60s Valiant sedan.

  • Toomanycrayons Toomanycrayons on Jan 22, 2013

    "...this car was all about the sweaty vinyl..." Hey, maybe they should have called it Leatherette, like BMW does?

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that