SLEEPER A-BODY, DRENCHED IN DEEP PAINT, 360 V8, AUTO W/2800 STALL, DUAL EXHAUST!
Lightweight sleepers aren't anything new, but in a sea of Novas and Falcons, this 1966 Plymouth Valiant stands out. It nails the low-key look you need for a sleeper and backs it with a 360 cubic inch V8 that makes this unassuming 2-door more than a match for much more potent machinery.
Repainted less than two years ago, this 2-door Valiant has led a good life as a California black plate car. Survival rates on these cars is quite low, and while they were popular back in the day, not many achieved collector status and as a result they were used up and thrown away. Somehow this one survived and got rejuvenated in a big way, because the black paint looks extremely good. There are a few scratches and nicks here and there, which are unavoidable with black paint, but the clean bodywork shines throughout. It's got a few custom tricks that make it look even more sinister, starting with some painted trim, a general d-chroming, and an industrial-strength look that's usually reserved for this car's bigger brothers. Fit and finish are particularly good for a car at this price point and despite the big horsepower living inside, it doesn't have that loose feeling that abused cars often demonstrate. Chrome bumpers sparkle against the black paint, adding just the right look to reinforce the sleeper profile.
The light-colored interior is a great contrast to the inky black paint on the outside and helps add to the car's unassuming demeanor. The gray fabric seat covers trimmed in matching vinyl have a very 1960s vibe to them and the matching door panels look correct for the Valiant. Bench seats are always a big help with the sleeper look and this little Valiant packs one of the neatest instrument panels of the period, with a squared-off speedometer on the left and auxiliary gauges on the right. The factory AM radio is long gone, replaced by an AM/FM/cassette head unit that fits in the dash like it belongs there. And as a practical Valiant, there's even a good-sized trunk in back which has been fitted with a reproduction plaid mat and still carries its original jack assembly tucked into the side panel.
OK, don't worry, we're getting to the important stuff. Pop the hood and you'll find a sturdy 360 cubic inch V8 with a factory look. There's a chrome air cleaner up top, but the Hemi Orange paint on the block and valve covers gives it a very OEM appearance that belies its mission. They even went so far as to paint the new oversized radiator satin black to help it blend in. There's a ton of new equipment throughout the car, including new belts, wires, and hoses, plus fresh brake lines and a cackling dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers. There's a 2800 RPM stall torque converter in the 3-speed automatic transmission and easy-going 8 3/4 rear end with 2.76 gears out back because you don't need a lot of gear to get a lightweight like this one rolling. Clean floors, a new gas tank, and a set of factory-style Rallye wheels round out a capable chassis that doesn't mind the extra horsepower churning through it. Fat 225/70/15 radials are the lone external tip-off that there might be more to this car than meets the eye.
This car comes with more than $14,000 in receipts, and that doesn't even include the paint and labor, so it represents a screaming bargain. If you like the low-profile look, you're going to love the way it drives. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Cassette Player
- Factory Buildsheet
- Maintenance Records
- Owner's Manual
- Transmission Spec
- Rear End
- 8 3/4
- Front Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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