Chrysler Valiant (VH)

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Chrysler VH Valiant
Chrysler Valiant VH Ranger.jpg
Chrysler VH Valiant Ranger sedan
ManufacturerChrysler Australia
Also calledDodge utility[1]
ProductionJune 1971 to March 1973[2]
AssemblyTonsley Park, Australia
Pretoria, South Africa[3]
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door hardtop
2-door coupe
2-door coupe utility
LayoutFR layout
RelatedChrysler by Chrysler
Chrysler Valiant Charger
Engine215 cu in (3.5 L) I6
245 cu in (4.0 L) I6
265 cu in (4.3 L) I6
318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
340 cu in (5.6 L) V8
225 cu in (3.7 L) I6 (South Africa)[3]
Transmission3spd manual
4spd manual
3spd automatic
WheelbaseSedan: 111 inches (2819 mm)
LengthSedan: 192.8 inches (4897 mm)
Width74.2 inches (1885 mm)
HeightSedan: 55.9 inches (1420 mm)
Curb weightHemi 6 Sedan: 3100 lb (1406 kg)
PredecessorChrysler VG Valiant
SuccessorChrysler VJ Valiant

The Chrysler VH Valiant is an automobile which was produced by Chrysler Australia from June 1971 to March 1973.[2] It replaced the VG series Valiant[2] and was the first Valiant model to be a uniquely Australian design.[4]

Model range[edit]

The VH series Valiant was offered in the following models.

  • Valiant sedan[5]
  • Valiant Ranger sedan[5]
  • Valiant Ranger station wagon[5]
  • Valiant Ranger XL sedan[5]
  • Valiant Ranger XL station wagon[5]
  • Valiant Ranger XL hardtop
  • Valiant Hemi Pacer sedan[5]
  • Valiant Regal sedan[5]
  • Valiant Regal station wagon[5]
  • Valiant Regal hardtop[5]
  • Valiant Regal 770 sedan[5]
  • Valiant Regal 770 hardtop[5]
  • Valiant Charger coupe[5]
  • Valiant Charger XL coupe[5]
  • Valiant Charger R/T coupe[5]
  • Valiant Charger 770 coupe[5]
  • Valiant Charger 770 SE coupe[6]
  • Dodge utility[1]
  • Valiant utility[5]
  • Valiant Ranger utility[5]

Sedan and station wagon models were introduced in June 1971,[5] followed by the Charger coupes in August,[5] the coupe utility models in September,[5] and the 2-door hardtops in November.[5]


The VH Valiant featured an entirely new body which was larger and more roomy than that of its VG series predecessor. The VH Hardtop models used body panels that were made entirely in Australia, unlike the previous VG Hardtops which had used imported sheet metal for all panels rear of the windscreen.[7] The hardtops now rode on a 115-inch wheelbase, 4 inches longer than that on sedans and wagons.[8] The Valiant Charger, which made its debut as part of the VH series used a 105-inch wheelbase.[2] From 1973 Australian regulations required amber turn signals be fitted to the front of all passenger vehicles, as well as the rear. This meant the combined park light/turn signals with clear lenses fitted to the VH were no longer legal. As a result 1973 build VH series cars were fitted with amber turn signals in place of the clear lenses, and park light were relocated to the panel below the front bumper.

Engines and transmissions[edit]

Chrysler Australia’s “Hemi 6” straight six engine was offered in three displacements, 215 cid (3.5 litre), 245 cid (4.0 litre) and 265 cid (4.3 litre).[4] and a 318 cid V8 was also available.[2] A 340 cid V8 was fitted to the Charger 770SE E55 model which was released in October 1972.[6] 3 speed manual and 3 speed automatic transmissions were offered initially[2] with a 4 speed manual available on Charger models from June 1972.[9]

South African production[edit]

VH Valiants were assembled at Silverton, near Pretoria in South Africa using Australian bodies, electrics and trim and locally sourced mechanical components including a 225 cid engine.[3] Prior to 1971 South African Valiants had been sourced from Canada.[3] Local versions were sold as the Chrysler Valiant Rebel, Rebel 660, Regal, Charger Coupé, and Chrysler VIP. Station wagons were also available of the Rebel and Regal. For 1973 the Dodge SE (for "Special Edition") appeared, a luxury version with different front and rear treatment, vinyl roof, full equipment and a 142 kW (193 PS; 190 hp) version of the slant-six engine.[10] Aside from the six-cylinder engine, the Dodge SE was very similar to the Australian-market Chrysler by Chrysler.

Production and replacement[edit]

A total of 67,800 VH Valiants were built[8] prior to its replacement by the VJ Valiant range in 1973.[11]

Chrysler by Chrysler[edit]

Chrysler by Chrylser sedan (CH series)
Chrysler by Chrysler CH Hardtop

In November 1971, Chrysler Australia introduced the CH series Chrysler by Chrysler, which was a long wheelbase, luxury model developed from the VH Valiant.[2] It was offered in 4-door sedan and 2-door hardtop bodystyles with a choice of 265 cid six and 360 cid V8 engines.[2]


  1. ^ a b Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas In Motion, 2010, page 196
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Elisabeth Tuckey and Ewan Kennedy, Chrysler Valiant, 1996, pages 86 to 103
  3. ^ a b c d Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas In Motion, 2010, page 197
  4. ^ a b Pedr Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 119
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Glass’s Dealers Guide, South Australian and Northern Territory Edition, June1973, pages 108-115
  6. ^ a b Pedr Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 123
  7. ^ Chrysler Valiant VH at Retrieved on 4 December 2011
  8. ^ a b Valiant VH/CH Technical Specifications at Retrieved on 4 December 2011
  9. ^ Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas In Motion, 2010, pages 217-218
  10. ^ Wright, Cedric, ed. (December 1972). "Dodge "SE" for 1973". CAR (South Africa). Vol. 16 no. 11. Cape Town, South Africa: Ramsay, Son & Parker (Pty) Ltd. p. 17.
  11. ^ Elisabeth Tuckey & Ewan Kennedy, Chrysler Valiant, 1996, pages 145-149

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