2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
Lot
15

1964 Chrysler Valiant AP5 Safari Wagon

$8,000 - $12,000

No Reserve

Specifications

Engine 225ci six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Engine No. VE82734C
Chassis No. VE82734C
Body Work Station Wagon
Colour White
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with Pacer hubcaps
Brakes Disc/drum

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Description

Following the establishment of a new production facility of Tonsley Park, Adelaide, production of the Australian Valiant - known as the AP5 - commenced late in 1963. Based once more on its American cousins, the Aussie Valiant shared the same clean, sharp-edged styling with only minor alterations to the roofline and grille to set them apart. In addition to the basic sedan and more upmarket Regal models, the AP5 Valiant was also offered as the Wayfarer utility and the Safari station wagon (as here) to give the range increased versatility and appeal. Push-button operated Torqueflite automatic transmission was a popular choice. Chrysler had trouble keeping up with demand for the new Valiant, building 49,440 AP5s before a revised model - the AP6 - came on stream in March 1965. The AP5 continued Chrysler’s tradition, laid down by the earlier R and S-Series, of building cars with an appreciable performance premium over equivalent Ford and Holden products of the time, something gradually lost with later Valiants, despite the inclusion of a V8 engine. In Safari form the AP5 Valiant is an affordable, very practical and thoroughly enjoyable Aussie classic from the ‘60s, the perfect Cruiser.

History

  • Original AP5 Valiant Safari wagon
  • Two-owner car, the first for 53 years!
  • Period accessories
  • Push-button auto
  • No Reserve
Australian-made cars will always be at the core of the car collecting hobby in this country, and traditionally it’s been racing homologation models, sports models and limited-edition models that have garnered the most interest. But in recent times there’s been increased interest in the wagon variants of the early locally-made cars, because they evoke youthful memories of sun, fun and surfing, and because they make very practical family cruisers. One such example is this very original Valiant AP5 Safari. One of the better-looking wagons, the AP5 Safari offers loads of space for passengers and cargo or dogs, and plenty of ‘60s style. It has had just two owners in its lifetime, the original one for 53 years! The second owner bought it from the original West Australian owner’s estate just months ago. Our Safari has been repainted its original white with brown highlights, off-setting the original brown vinyl interior. There are great period accessories like the wire-mesh sunvisor, the rear window dirt deflectors, metal stone guards behind the front wheels and Pacer hubcaps. There’s a towbar too. The 225ci six-cylinder engine runs beautifully and it’s a push-button auto. The original owner’s son maintained the car for him. The Safari is very complete and would benefit from a clean-up, and make a nice entry level weekend family ride. Previously on full WA registration, it is being sold here unregistered and with No Reserve.
 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.
 
 

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