ENTRY-LEVEL MOPAR, RECENTLY RESTORED, 318 V8, 4BBL, CAM, AUTO, DRIVE ANYWHERE!!
In 1971, the government and insurance companies were busy driving the last nail into the muscle car's coffin, but Chrysler stuck to a classic formula of big engine and small car to keep performance levels entertaining. This particular 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp, however, isn't some smog-strangled stocker, but a warmed-over hot rod that speaks relatively softly and carries a big stick.
The color is exactly right for a car like this, not too flashy and subtle enough not to be noticed. It ideally captures the spirit of the times and stands out today for those of us who like a bit of nostalgia with our old cars. And while the Valiant was technically an economy car, this one has had a bunch of time spent getting it into shape, both externally and under the hood. For a '71 Valiant, this one must have been pretty clean to begin with, which is a rare thing all on its own. It was repainted just last year and the finish has a deep shine that shows well, and it wasn't over-restored to perfection, but rather cleaned up and sprayed to give it a no-worries look that's appealing. The doors fit well, the quarters are smooth, and there's a gold undertone to the paint that only comes out when the light is just right. The chrome and trim is probably original and looking its age, with some light pitting on the bumpers, but again, as a low-dollar machine, this one has a lot going for it.
The basic theme continues inside with a new black bench seat interior, complete with new carpets and door panels. Sure, the carpets might be a little more plush than original, but nobody complains about an upgrade, and even as a value-priced entry, this Valiant comes complete with a full array of informative gauges from the factory. The woodgrained applique on the instrument panel is a bit scuffed and scratched, but other than that the interior is in very good condition and we've always liked Chrysler's 3-spoke steering wheel, with this one wearing a leather wrap. There is no radio but that only means it's ready for the head unit of your choice and the rest is street-racer basic: crank windows, column shifter, and only a heater and defroster. The trunk is surprisingly large for a compact car like this, and carries a brand new mat. Going fast on a budget was its motto then, and it still holds true today, offering a ton of bang for the buck.
A 318 cubic inch V8 is a welcome sight under the Valiant's hood, and this isn't some stock wheezer. Upgraded with a big Holley 4-barrel and aluminum intake, a big cam inside, and a set of factory HP exhaust manifolds, it's got a big hit of torque at any speed. Supporting equipment includes a big radiator, a fresh battery, and a fresh dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers polished oval tips peeking out under the rear bumper. A few chrome dress-up parts make it look suitably sporty and the painted engine bay shows that the car was comprehensively disassembled for paint. It still carries a 3-speed automatic with a fresh torque converter, as well as the original rear end, and there's also a new gas tank hanging out back, front disc brakes, and air shocks in back. 14-inch Rallye wheels offer a classic performance look and wear fat 245/60/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
This neat little car is the perfect sleeper with V8 power in an unassuming package. Call today!
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Power Steering
- Owner's Manual
- Transmission Spec
- Front Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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