Chrysler Australia first introduced the Valiant nameplate with the first generation, R Series, cars in 1962. These early cars were simply rebadged, locally assembled US Plymouth Valiants. And, while V8 engines were the dominant factor for most US muscle cars of the era – not to mention Ford Australia’s iconic GT-HO Falcon – in Australia, significantly, rather than being V8-powered, the Valiant was fitted with a 225ci slant-six that produced a more than acceptable 108kW.

Later, high-performance variants would begin to emerge. Holden launched its Torana GTR XU-1 while, of course, Chrysler would famously chip in with the Six-Pack Valiant Charger. However, the Pacer was first up.

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