Junkyard Find: 1967 Plymouth Valiant

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

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?

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Mikein08 Mikein08 on Dec 17, 2013

    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.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Dec 17, 2013

    Mid-late 70's I learned to drive stick on my dad’s 68 Valiant yellow 4 dr 225-6 3 on the tree, rubber floor mats and a very effective vacuum floor pump windshield washer. Also learned how to do a valve job on it. He got well over 150k out of it with normal maintenance, tune ups, brakes and a clutch. until the a front torsion bar separated from the subframe. He did not want to bother with having it welded so sold it and bought a blue 704 dr with A/C. At the time I wished he bought a Duster because they seemed less pedestrian. The 68 was the 1st year of the side markers, the round style and optional head restraints on a entry level Chrysler product. It also had the cool uniquely styled radio with the vertical tuning knobs. It’s a shame there was never a wagon version of the 67-76 A-Body.

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    • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Dec 22, 2013

      @rudiger It appears that the thumbwheel radios were only in existence from 68-70. My grandfather had a 67 Fury III 4dr hardtop with most options and it had a regular plastic and metal knobbed two shaft radio. An uncle of mine had a 69 Fury III 2dr hardtop and it had the thumbwheel style radio that was designed as part of the instrument cluster so only the driver could control it thus keeping the pesky spouse or kids from changing the station. 70-74 Cuda/Challanger and others the radio was designed with both volume and tuning on the left side.

  • Mike Lol. This is the king of suvs. And its made by GM.Why is everyone trashing it?Top of its its class for a quarter century.
  • Frank Drove past there last week, plant has a huge poster of a bronco on the outside. I was thinking "Is that where they build the new broncos?" I know they use to make the Edge and that other mundane SUV there but I believe both have been canned.
  • CanadaCraig Toyota saw this coming. So good for them for being courageous enough to say, "Wait a minute. Let's not rush into anything."
  • Rna65689660 As the previous owner of a Triumph, and current owner of a MINI, I say, LOL!
  • Yuda 1) EVs are garbage and a complete waste of time and money 2) Ford IS a business after all, cars and trucks ain't free, they take a lot of time and money to Actually make, manufacture, and build 3) SD trucks are actually useful and practical