Those fabulous Charger R/Ts
The Charger R/T was the performance model of the VH Chrysler Valiant Charger range. The equivalent sedan was the VH Valiant Pacer, which sold poorly once the Charger was released. There were just 1300 Charger R/Ts built; the model was somewhat controversially dropped along with the Pacer when Chrysler released the VJ Series in 1973. The Charger R/T came standard with the upgraded HP 265 218bhp Hemi Six engine and three-speed floor-shift manual transmission. A four-speed manual transmission became available in June 1972. The exterior came standard with the familiar loud colours, stripes, blackouts and decals. The A66 black bonnet and guard dress up package was a popular option. Wheels were the same 6.5 x 14inch styled sports rims shared with the VH Pacer and also the Charger and Regal 770. ROH alloys, standard with the E38 and E49, could be optioned with the base model and later became available throughout the Chrysler range. The Charger R/T shared the same basic interior as the VH Pacer with sports instrumentation and a two-spoke sports steering wheels. A popular option was the A95 interior dress-up package, which included a three-spoke sports steering wheel and better quality reclining bucket seats.
Though most will associate Charger R/Ts with Chrysler’s legendary triple Weber Six Pack engines, most were in fact built with the base 265 218bhp Hemi Six engine as seen by the numbers below.