THE R and S CHRYSLER VALIANT CAR CLUB of VICTORIA
The R and S Chrysler Valiant Car Club was formed in 1982 to cater
exclusively for R and S Series Valiants sold in Australia in 1962 and
1963. We have approximately 130 members who share the common
interests of owning, maintaining, or restoring an R or S Series. Our
family oriented club meets 11 times a year on the last Tuesday of the
month except December, and conducts regular outings throughout the
year. We also attend events organised in conjunction with other car
clubs. We strive to enlighten and inform members with technical
information, workshops and have a stock of spare parts. We are
affiliated with sister clubs in NSW, QLD, SA, WA and the AOMC
(Association of Motoring Clubs).
Cultivate and promote an interest in R and S Series Chrysler
Encourage family and social participation in all club activities
Assist and encourage members in the maintenance and restoration of
Promote our club and liaise with other classic car clubs who have
similar aims and interests
Newsletter 'R & S Torque' is sent to all members every two
months and minutes are sent following each monthly general meeting.
Held on the last Tuesday of the month, excepting December, at 310
Burwood Highway, East Burwood (Melway 62 B7). Meetings commence at
7:30pm. Visitors and guests are most welcome.
The R Series Chrysler Valiant caused a huge sensation amongst the
Australian motoring public when it came on to the market in January
1962 due to its uniquely sculpted space-age profile and outstanding performance.
The dramatic and attractive styling featured unusually shaped
mudguards, four headlights, tail fins and a distinctive dummy 'spare
tyre' boot lid. The vehicle had a tough 3.7 litre six cylinder in
line engine, the famous 225 cubic inch 145 horsepower slant six, which
out-powered and out-performed its direct rivals, the XK Falcon and EK Holden.
The R Series Chrysler Valiant road-handling, braking and overall
comfort beat most of the popular sports cars at that time. Dubbed the
'road-rocket' by motoring journalists, only 1,008 of the R series were
produced in a short two month period before a quick revamp. About
half were three on the floor manuals and the rest were Torqueflite
push button autos. They are now a most sought after collector's item.
The R Series Valiant, and sister S Series Valiant, arrived in kit
form from North America and were assembled at Chrysler's plant in
South Australia. When the last of the S series rolled off the
assembly line in 1963, Chrysler had produced 10,009 of this
Enquiries about the R & S Chrysler Valiant Car Club of Victoria
can be made to:
- Paul Miller (Club President) on 0402 225 993
- Wayne Jensen (Secretary) on 0407 281 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Petraitis (Public Relations) 0408 398 838.