Green with Envy
1972 Charger E38 – Green Metallic Opal
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
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
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