1971 Valiant Charger review

The Chrysler Valiant belongs to the famous history of Australian motors, evidence to the laudable labors of Australia’s Chrysler engineers. Their exclusive engines and models, the Hemi Charger and Pacer, were what made the Chrysler Valiant muscle cars distinctively Australian.

The variety of Variant cars was mixed with distinctions of basically two essential engines built around the Chrysler Hemi-6 Engine and offshoots of the Chrysler LA engine V8.

1971 Valiant Charger

Similar to the U.S the high performance option of the Charger took on the name R/T. The Valiant Charger R/T was power-driven by a 265 CID variation of the Chrysler Hemi-6 engine. Challenging in a muscle car market conquered by V8 motorized cars, the R/T Charger variant was aggressive on both the race and road track.

The Variant Charger R/T 1971 option E37 boasted an altered “Six Pack” variation of the engine distinguished by triple side draught Weber carburetors, shaped the foundation of Chrysler’s on tour car racer for 1971.This car’s engine is likewise available as a choice on all Charger models. The Charger R/T highly efficient pack features exterior black stripes, driving lights, a black radiator grille, model-exact steel wheels, a two-spoke aluminum steering wheel and a sports instrumentation pack.

1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger VH XL

1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger VH XL

The new Variant Charger VH was launched in 1971, the outcome of mutual effort between Australia and the United States although all interior designs was handled by Australia. The Charger VH was exported to a host of other countries, South Africa inclusive.

The 1971 VH Valiant Charger was derived from the Valiant VH structure, but was a short-wheelbase 2-door version. The Chrysler VH Valiant Charger models, produced in 1971, comprised of the Charger, Charger 770, Charger XL, and Charger R/T (Road/Track) models.

Chrysler Valiant Charger 1971


The Charger VH series was available in three different engine options – a 215, 245 and a 265, as well as a top of the line version of the 265 for the well-liked Pacer. It could be fitted with a slant six, small V-8, or the “normal” 265 Hemi, an engine initially built for trucks, but stopped in the United States and enhanced to its highest potential in Australia. The “normal” version had 203 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 RPM, making it competitive with V-8s. Standard on all except the cheapest, small-engine Ranger was disc brakes. On Regal and Regal 770 the disc brakes were power-driven.

1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger interior

The interior has a steering lock, extremely good seat belts, reversible keys and the handbrake was installed on the floor next to the right-hand side of the driver’s seat. The heater controls were relocated to the right-hand side of the steering column.

1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger interior

The company began production in 1971 and produced about 17,918 VH Valiant Chargers which accounted for nearly half of the whole Valiant manufactured by Chrysler. Only a total of 1300 were R/T models, while the R/T E37 Performance models totaled a mere 135 in number.

1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger Price

The base model Chrysler valiant charger 1971 was sold around $2795 while the R/T Charger model was priced at $3395 with the recent clamor for these muscle cars they can be sold for as much as $60,000 to $100,000.