Car of the Week - October 20th, 2011
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.
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