Chrysler Valiant (VH)

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Chrysler VH Valiant
Chrysler Valiant VH Ranger.jpg
Chrysler VH Valiant Ranger sedan
Manufacturer Chrysler Australia
Also called Dodge utility [1]
Production June 1971 to March 1973 [2]
Assembly Tonsley Park, Australia
Pretoria, South Africa [3]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door hardtop
2-door coupe
2-door coupe utility
Layout FR layout
Related Chrysler by Chrysler
Engine 215 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]
Transmission 3spd manual
4spd manual
3spd automatic
Wheelbase Sedan: 111 inches (2819 mm)
Length Sedan: 192.8 inches (4897 mm)
Width 74.2 inches (1885 mm)
Height Sedan: 55.9 inches (1420 mm)
Curb weight Hemi 6 Sedan: 3100 lb (1406 kg)
Predecessor Chrysler VG Valiant
Successor Chrysler 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 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 [5]
  • Valiant Charger XL [5]
  • Valiant Charger R/T [5]
  • Valiant Charger 770 [5]
  • Valiant Charger 770SE E55 [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]

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]

Main article: Chrysler by Chrysler
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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