TWO CHRYSLER VALIANTS RV1 AND SV1
RV1 Valiant sedan After the Plymouth Valiant turned out to be a success in the United States (starting with its 1959 introduction), Chrysler released Australia’s first locally assembled Valiant, the RV1 (R-series). It was officially unveiled by South Australia’s Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, in January 1962 and was assembled at Chrysler’s Mile End facility. The RV1 (or R Series) Valiant was an instant success. Not everyone was taken instantly by the car’s styling, but the general consensus was that the car had a modern, almost space age quality about it.
Also notable was the Valiant’s performance with 145 brake horsepower (108 kW) from the 225 Slant-6 engine. This was a lot of power compared to the competing Holdens and Fords, which offered only 75 bhp (56 kW) and 90 bhp (67 kW) SAE respectively.
Standard transmission in the RV1 was a floor-shifted three-speed manual with a non-synchro first gear. A pushbutton-operated three-speed TorqueFlite automatic was optional. Other options included a heater-demister unit, as well as a “Moparmatic” deluxe pushbutton transistor radio.
The RV1 Valiant was the first Australian car to come with an alternator instead of a generator, and instead of coil springs, the Valiant came with torsion bar suspension. Brakes were hydraulic 9 in (230 mm) drums front and rear. The RV1 had a simulated spare wheel outline on the boot lid, but the spare wheel was actually under the floor of the boot. The base model sold for £1299.
SV1 Valiant sedan In March 1962, Chrysler replaced the American 1961-model R Valiant with the American 1962 SV1 (S Series) Valiant. The SV1 used the same body shell as the RV1, with cosmetic changes including the deletion of the simulated spare wheel on the boot lid, and round tail lamps replacing the R-model’s cat-eye shaped ones. There was a revised radiator grille and new exterior trim. Mechanical changes included relocation of the manual transmission shifter to the steering column, new ball joints, and a new gear-reduction starter motor. 10,009 SV1 Valiants were sold, of which 5,496 were automatics and 4,513 were manuals.
This plate comes standard as completely flat and non-embossed but for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu.
These novelty number plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces.
Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here
For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition
If you would like plates made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment. The key is good art, and we can do
ANY GRAPHIC! ANY DESIGN! ANY COLOUR!
For more details on creating a plate to your design please click here
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