Junkyard Find: 1967 Plymouth Valiant
The march of the Chrysler A-bodies into The Crusher’s jaws continues in Colorado; in this series prior to today, we’ve seen this ’75 Duster, this ’75 Dart, this ’64 Valiant wagon, this ’68 Valiant Signet, this ’66 Dart, this ’73 Valiant, and this ’61 Valiant. Most of these cars’ contemporary competitors— Chevy Novas, Ford Falcons and Mavericks, AMC Gremlins— were crushed decades ago, but plenty of the old 318- and Slant 6-powered Chrysler commuters managed to hang on in everyday service for nearly half a century. This ’67 sedan still looks pretty solid, but these days only the Dart coupes are worth fixing up.
Chrysler made the Slant-6 engine from 1959 through 2000, if you count Mexican crate-motor production, and you could still buy US-built trucks with this engine in the late 1980s. With such a junkyard glut, not many Slant-6 engines will be saved once they get to this point.
Plymouth Transaudio AM radio, with none of the CONELRAD frequency markers you’ll see in most car radios of this era.
The owner of this car must have been an AM radio audiophile, what with this aftermarket fader control. No doubt Bobby Goldsboro sounded a lot better this way.
Hey, an aftermarket Libby Light!
Do you really need more interior than this?
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Sigh ... very fond memories ... I had a 67 Dart with a 170ci I6 and auto tranny that would cruise at 90mph all day, and a 1969 225ci Valiant with auto tranny that would break loose the tires from a standing stop. Great cars for their era, and I loved both of mine.
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