Dodge Charger R/T lthough 1:43 scale is usually regarded as the ideal collecting scale, the American market has shied away from it, preferring 1:24/25 and 1:64 scales. However, Greenlight has bucked the trend and produced quite a selection of
respectively, but it kept Chrysler’s Australian production lines working OK, until the success of the Valiant sixes signalled the end of the line for the Royal and its Plainsman wagon and Wayfarer ute siblings.
It was a vehicle of mixed parentage but not really a mongrel, as all the ingredients came from within the Chrysler operation — parts were borrowed from Dodge, Plymouth, and De Soto, some pre-existing in the Australian arm of Chrysler, but other stuff came from the States, and the V8 Fury motor fitted to some cars was, it seems, from Canada, while a few six-cylinder engines came in from Chrysler’s UK plant.
The project was started in the mid ’50s to give Chrysler some newerlooking cars to match GM’S and Ford’s offerings, as its own models were looking a bit old hat by now. There wasn’t much of a budget available either, which explains much of the use of Chrysler’s pre-existing worldwide parts bin, but the end result was quite an imposing car, with a solid presence on the road and a sturdy feel to the vehicle.
It was well fitted-out inside, came with power steering and power brakes, and the Chrysler carved itself a niche in government, police, and corporate car fleets as transport for those who felt they needed to reflect some authority via use of an impressive vehicle. The car didn’t come cheap at around or over the £2K mark, but it was strong and reliable, and better-off farmers were frequent purchasers, as the Royal could handle rough road conditions and cover big distances at speed and in comfort.
The first cars made were powered by side-valve six-cylinder motors, an 87kw, 3.8-litre (117bhp, 230ci) with manual gearbox, and a 4.1-litre (250.6ci) with the two-speed auto, but before long the Royal became available with the 5.1-litre (313ci) Fury V8 engine. With 164kw (220 gross bhp), and 440Nm of torque at 2800rpm, this was amply strong enough to power the big 1588kg Royal body along in fine style, with power to spare to drive through an automatic transmission, initially a Powerflite two-speed, but the highly regarded Torqueflite three-speed auto was introduced later on the AP3. The
Q: At what race meeting did Joe Chamberlain make his Kiwi debut in the Camaro — and at what race meeting did the Camaro make its first appearance following a full restoration?
A: 1970 Bay Park International New Year Meeting