1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger review

1976 Charger review

The Chrysler Valiant Charger is one of the most popular muscle cars that was introduced to the market by Chrysler Australia. The first car of this series was released in 1971 and it was continued till 1978. This is a two door, coupe type vehicle with a short wheelbase. This car was released to the market under three different varieties as VJ, VK and CL. Out of them, the VH variant gained much reputation within Australia. In fact, it was even awarded with the Wheels of the Year trophy.

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger specs

Chrysler Valiant Charger was well known for its impressive specifications. The performance image of the model was carried throughout by all its variants. The Charger was equipped with a 3.5L base engine, which delivered 140bhp. It had a 3 speed manual gear transmission. In addition, people were provided with the option of going for a six pack version of the engine. This powerful engine of the Chrysler Valiant Charger was characterized by triple side draught carburetors as well. Therefore, many people preferred to purchase this as a powerful racing car.

The seven bearing configuration of Chrysler Valiant Charger delivered a remarkable torque. The 6 cylinder engine played a major role behind its performance. Engineers from United States played a major role behind performance improvements of this muscle car.

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger interior

The interior of Chrysler Valiant Charger was entirely handled by Australia. It was a short wheel base car and the interior space was limited. However, four people could travel inside without much difficulty. The seats were comfortable and people loved to go on long distance travels. Moreover, the Australian designers delivered a careful finish to the interior of this car, which contributed a lot towards its popularity.

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1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger interior

The interior of Chrysler Valiant Charger included a steering lock, reversible keys and perfect seat belts. The handbrake lever of the vehicle was installed on the floor right next to the right hand side of the seat of the driver. The steering column was strategically placed to comfort all the comfort requirements of the driver. The heater controls were located to the right side of the steering column.

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger CL 770

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger CL 770

The CL series, which was introduced in 1976 became extremely popular among several countries of the world. It was even exported to South Africa and Asia. This was also the last Chrysler Valiant Charger to hit the market. The designers introduced a brand new front bodywork to this model. During 1976, the engineers also introduced a Drifter Pack option to the Chrysler Valiant Charger. It was available for the users in four different body color options. They included harvest gold, Sundance yellow, impact orange and spinnaker white. In fact, these color options were a cosmetic feature available to the users’ people who were interested in spending their money on Chrysler Valiant Charger. The production of 1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger came to an end on 16th August 1978.

1976 Chrysler Charger CL 770

1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger CL 770 rear view

 

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  • DrBrodski786

    “Engineers from United States played a major role behind performance improvements of this muscle car.”

    That’s incorrect. The initial idea for the engine came from the U.S. but that’s about all and barely amounts to a minor role in the car’s development. The Chrysler parent company thought briefly of replacing the trusty 225 slant-six engine and made some preliminary plans. But it came to nothing as the price of gasoline at the time made V8s seem far more preferable. It was Chrysler Australia who took the plans, developed and tested the Hemi six engine and then produced them.