Those fab­u­lous Charger R/Ts

Australian Muscle Car - - Resurrected -

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.

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