Green with Envy

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1972 Charger E38 – Green Metal­lic Opal

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Valiant Charger was launched in Au­gust 1971, two months after the re­lease of the VH Valiant sedan and wagon. Its strik­ing style made an in­stant im­pres­sion. It was the right car at the right time and it had the ben­e­fit of one of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful TV ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns: “Hey Charger!” The reg­u­lar Charger was avail­able with a choice of Hemi six-cylin­der en­gines in 215, 245 and 265 cu­bic inch ca­pac­i­ties, or 318 and 360 V8s. The high per­for­mance R/T was also of­fered with the Six Pack, a 265 with triple We­ber 45DCOE car­bu­ret­tors and full ex­haust ex­trac­tors – and in two ver­sions; the E37, which had stump-pulling torque at low revs, and the E38 which was tuned for max­i­mum top-end power. The E38 en­gine was also the heart of the com­pe­ti­tion ver­sion of the 1971 Charger, based on the R/T. Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles’ new Clas­sic Cus­tom model fea­tures all the hot R/T fea­tures, while in­cor­po­rat­ing cus­tom Elim­i­na­tor chrome wheel rims, sil­ver 265 HEMI stripe de­cal and the Green Metal­lic Opal body colour. Sched­uled for re­lease in the near fu­ture, this 1:18 diecast model is limited to a edi­tion of only 1000 pieces. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.clas­s­ic­car­lecta­bles.com.au

1973 Chrysler VJ Charger – High­way Pa­trol

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Charger made a huge im­pact on the Aus­tralian car mar­ket and soon came to the at­ten­tion of the po­lice. Based on the VJ model, spe­cially built Charg­ers were made for po­lice duty. Ini­tially in NSW, un­marked cars were used by the STP (Spe­cial Traf­fic Pa­trol). Th­ese were VJ 265 4-speed man­u­als. Nu­mer­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tions were made for po­lice ser­vice in en­gine per­for­mance and han­dling, like the S35 High Per­for­mance Sus­pen­sion Pack­age – bor­rowed from the VH track pack. The K10 po­lice op­tion also in­cluded fea­tures like haz­ard warn­ing lights, high-speed wind­screen wipers, driv­ing lamps and a po­lice speedome­ter mounted on the con­sole. This set the pat­tern for Po­lice Charg­ers to come. That the Charger was used for high­way pa­trol work through­out its pro­duc­tion life from 1973 to 1978 is tes­ti­mony to its strength and re­li­a­bil­ity. A fact cel­e­brated by Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles’ newly re­leased 1:18 diecast model in a limited edi­tion of 1100. De­tails at www.clas­s­ic­car­lecta­bles.com.au

With back­grounds as colour­ful as their paint schemes, th­ese new re­leases will make you the envy of your mates.

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