1971 Chrysler Valiant VH Charger R/T E38 Coupe
Engine No. D363B00268
Vin No. VH7S29/BJ29-0622
A muscle car of infamous notoriety, the Valiant Charger formed the platform for Chrysler Australia’s participation in production car racing in the 1970’s. The range of cars was broad-based with variations of essentially two basic engines developed around the Chrysler Hemi-6 Engine and derivatives of the Chrysler LA engine V8.
The 1971 VH Valiant Charger RT E38 was a 3-speed race-prepared version with A84 Track Pack options, which included a 35-imperial-gallon (160 l) fuel tank. There was also the road-tuned A87 Track Pack version that included all the options except the larger fuel tank.
Using the Mallala circuit in SA as their proving ground, and working initially with modified utes to simulate the Charger’s eventual specifications, Chrysler Australia boss, David Brown, retained racing driver Leo Geoghegan to assist setting up the first competition model, designated E38, the objective to challenge Ford and Holden at Bathurst.
Chrysler launched the Bathurst car at Amaroo Park race track and a lucky few motoring journalists with full CAMS licences were offered test drives. The E38's raw appeal, responsiveness, the howling triple 2BBL side-draught Weber carburettors and the 265 cid, 4.3-litre Hemi revving out to 6000rpm epitomised the rawness and brutality of the muscle car. They loved it. Not surprisingly, the Charger won the 1971 Australian Wheels Car of the Year Award.
This authentic R/T E38 is a true survivor, one of purportedly only 316 original factory Chargers produced and one of a mere 14 built with the A87 Track Pack. One of two ordered for Melbourne in Vitamin C livery, and built in October 1971; reputedly as a gift to a Chrysler employee for his dedication the company, this car is presented in original condition with matching numbers and the original engine, A87 Track Pack fully optioned with exterior dress kit, interior dress kit and 3.23:1 ratio Limited Slip Differential. Last driven in 1979 and stored in Melbourne, this car offers a chance to restore and revitalise an epic chapter in Australian muscle car history. Vehicle chassis plate detached but included within the sale.
This vehicle will be sold unregistered.