Birth of a leg­end

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Flick­ing

through the newly re­leased and ex­ten­sively re­vised Hey Charger book, pub­lished by AMC’s Chrysler ex­perts Gavin Farmer and Gary Bridger, one small item in par­tic­u­lar caught our eye.

It’s a novel, in pe­riod, new ar­rival an­nounce­ment placed in the ‘Hatches, Matches and Des­patches’ clas­si­fieds of a New Zealand news­pa­per. It read, “VALIANT, On Septem­ber 6, 1971 to Todd Mo­tors – a new model – VH. Do­ing well. Many thanks.” Short and sweet! And very clever. Lots of whole­some read­ing good­ness in the 250-page hard cover book. Read­ers from ‘Aussie’, as the Ki­wis say, can source Hey Charger MkII from Gavin at ilinga­books@ char­iot.net.au while New Zealan­ders should con­tact Gary at bridger1@me.com

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