1972 Chrysler Charger VH E44 318 cu in
The car with the valiant heart
The fuel gauge did not work. We carried 2 fuel cans in the boot, and just reckoned the gas usage. 318 cu in V8 is 5.2 litres, fed with a twin choke carter carb, and 19 mpg was the average consumption.
3 speed auto box shifter lever broke off, soon repaired with a MIG welder.
Insert the ignition key, turn,and the motor would kick up, exhaust gases exit the headers (manifold), then after passing along 2 straight pipes, 3 inches in diameter, they would escape into the atmosphere, but not before they had passed through twin Cherrybombs first. Select drive on the trans, and the exhaust note deepens. All this in a multi-storey car park.
One day on a mid level with the car backed up against a concrete wall. Then drive away, to pay as you leave. Nobody else in that car park moved, they all heard it start, then when it came into view, round the down ramp. What a sight, a bright red, big Mopar.
Easy to find, I had the only one, out of the hundreds of cars parked there. A real head turner. More than that, people will walk over to you and say so!!! Every trip out was fun, what a car it is.
Ours was an entry level model, only basic trim. No comparison to British Chryslers. Not to be confused with the real cars they made in the U.S. and Australia.
This is just an intro to the model, check them out on the net, the 265 Hemi with the six pack was the hot one. Rare in the U.K.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2004