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Car of the Week - October 20th, 2011

Sports Car Market has chosen Joe Aanenson’s 1966 Plymouth Valiant as Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week.

Joe plans on restoring his 1966 Plymouth Valiant four-door sedan. It sports the nearly indestructible 225-ci slant six, and although he doesn’t specify transmission type, it’s probably an automatic.

Compact cars from the 1960s have mostly been beaten, neglected, or destroyed, so it’s nice to see someone reviving one, especially with its stock components. The job will involve some elbow grease, however, as Joe wants to replace the floor pans, and depending on how much rust he’s fixing, that could turn out to be a lot of work. He’s also on the lookout for replacement fenders, so if anyone knows where he can inexpensively source a set, he’d appreciate the info.

Second generation Valiants (1963-66) don’t have the same market value as their fraternal twin, the Barracuda, but that simply makes them far more approachable to budget-minded car collectors. Recent sales data has shown good to excellent examples selling for between $3k and $6k, but they can go for much less if you’re willing to put a lot of your own time and energy.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.



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