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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

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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

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