The Chrysler A-body made its debut in 1960 with the venerable Valiant. This agile, lightweight platform forced its way into the compact car market and held its own against competitors’ Falcons and Corvairs for years to follow.
By 1970, performance small cars were the hot ticket as the evolution birthed 340 Darts and Dusters to litter budget racers’ driveways. 1976 brought a transition from A- to F-body, but the spirit lived on under the Volare and Aspen nameplates. While the 340 was always the thumper, the legendary slant-6 remained the foundation of A-body reliability and economy.
Classic Industries recently took the time to honor one of the more modest members of the A-body family when Felix Munoz’s 1964 Plymouth Valiant stopped by their showroom. Slathered in a deep metallic blue, it rides on original-style rims and hubcaps that are powered by the aforementioned Slant-6 and an automatic transmission.
That’s right, not every car needs a big, honkin’ 440 shoehorned under the hood. “Felix enjoys driving his ’64 Valiant, and its slant-6 engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission offer enough pep to get where he needs to go,” says the blog entry.
If you’re in southern California and would like a chance to have your car featured in Classic’s weekly blog, send your contact information and some details about your ride to Steve Harer at email@example.com. They’ll snap some sunshine pictures and write a short article to put on their news page. Plus, if it’s a Chrysler, you might also see it right here at Mopar Connetion Magazine.