Chrysler VF VIP
|Also called||VIP by Chrysler|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Engine||225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant-6
245 cu in (4.0 L) Hemi-6
318 cu in (5.2 L) LA V8
|Transmission||3 speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||112 inches (2845 mm)|
|Length||196.3 inches (4986 mm)|
|Height||57.0 inches (1448 mm)|
|Curb weight||VF VIP V8: 3250 lb (1474 kg)|
|Predecessor||Chrysler VE Valiant V.I.P.|
|Successor||Chrysler by Chrysler|
Chrysler VE Valiant V.I.P.
Prior to the introduction of the Chrysler VIP, Chrysler Australia had used the VIP name on the Chrysler Valiant V.I.P., introduced in 1967 as the top model in its VE Valiant series. The Valiant V.I.P. was offered in both 4 door sedan and Safari station wagon body styles and was fitted with a 273 cu in (4.5 L) V8 engine.
Power disc brakes and power assisted steering were standard equipment on both body styles of the VE VIP. Additionally the Safari station wagon received an electrically operated tailgate window.
Chrysler VF VIP
The VF series Chrysler VIP was introduced in May 1969 and was marketed as the “VIP by Chrysler”, without the Valiant name. It was intended to fill a gap in Chrysler Australia’s lineup between the Chrysler Valiant and the Dodge Phoenix and it would compete directly against two other Australian designed luxury vehicles, the Ford Fairlane and the Holden Brougham. Although based on the VF series Chrysler Valiant, the VIP had a wheelbase which was 100mm longer at 2850mm. It was also bigger, more expensive and more luxurious than the older model. Visual differences when compared to the VF Valiant sedan included four headlights rather than two, different rear lights, a unique rear window and a heavily padded vinyl roof. Unlike its predecessor, the VF VIP was available only as a 4 door sedan.
The VIP was offered with the buyer's choice of a 225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant-6 or a 318 cu in (5.2 L) “Fireball” LA-series V8 engine. Chrysler's Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission was standard equipment with either engine. Coaxial power steering and front disc brakes were optional with the six and standard with the V8.
Chrysler VG VIP
A facelifted VG series Chrysler VIP was introduced in 1970, replacing the VF model. A 245 cu in (4.0 L) Hemi-6 replaced the 225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant-6 and the 318 cu in (5.2 L) “Fireball” V8 remained an option. The VG VIP was the first Australian made car to be fitted with air conditioning as standard equipment.
- Elisabeth Tuckey and Stewart Wilson, Chrysler Valiant, 1996, page 56
- Elisabeth Tuckey and Stewart Wilson, Chrysler Valiant, 1996, page 47
- Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 108
- Chrysler Valiant VF Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 14 January 2010
- Chrysler Valiant VG Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 14 January 2010
- Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 112
- Chrysler by Chrysler CH Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 14 January 2010