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1963 Plymouth Valiant - Junkyard Crawl

Less Is More Four-Door

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

Question: What comes to mind when you think of an early '60s Mopar equipped with a stick and both radio- and heater-delete? Gotta be a factory Max Wedge or Race Hemi, right? Not so fast. Though Mopar factory Super Stock and FX package cars were often thoroughly stripped for . . . strip duty, lots of no-frills customers were on hand for cars emerging from the shallow end of the Mopar gene pool. This '63 Valiant V200 is a great example of bare-bones transportation, Mopar style. It's also proof that Chrysler (like most of Detroit at the time) was willing to give the customer exactly what he wanted, even if it meant pneumonia.

Groovy Factoids
•'63 Dodge and Plymouth A-Bodies (Dart/Valiant) have a unique one-year-only firewall stamping. There's a small pyramid-shaped protrusion to clear the underdash-mounted windshield wiper motor. This protrusion interfered with the distributor of the new-for-'64 273 small-block V-8, so a new firewall stamping-without the hump-arrived for 1964.

•When it was introduced in 1960, the Valiant was intended to be a stand-alone make available from any Chrysler, Plymouth, or Dodge dealership. At the time, many Plymouth dealerships also handled the DeSoto line, which was scheduled for termination in 1961. To appease these larger dealers, in 1961, Chrysler chose to make the Valiant a Plymouth model, thus filling the sales void left by DeSoto.

By Steve Magnante
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