1975 Chrysler Valiant Regal 5.2 litre (318 ci) Fireball V8 from Australia and New Zealand
A machine for the modern hero
Front gearbox seal blew mid-burnout.
Distributor needed replacing.
Original Carter carburettor needed replacing.
Other minor things that go wrong with every car that's done 300,000 kilometres.
I paid $500 for my 1975 VK Chrysler Valiant Regal in 2000. My grandfather had a VH Regal and I'd wanted one ever since. It was badly rusted. I drove it around for a couple of years and then what started as a blown gearbox seal became a restoration project that lasted far too bloody long.
The best thing about the old Vals is that they'll go forever with minimal - and I mean MINIMAL - maintenance.
The worst thing is the rust - particularly in the VH, VJ, and VK models.
The 5.2 V8 is a slouch in stock form, as are the 4.0 and the 4.3 sixes. Any Australian Chrysler benefits greatly from the good ol' carbs, cam, exhaust methodology.
The only advice I would give is to install a transmission cooler if you've got an auto.
And don't screw the bloody front end down too low - they don't like it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2004