The Valiant Charger was a short wheelbase Valiant coupe produced by Chrysler Australia from 1971, introduced with the VH model, through the 1973 VJ, VK up to CL range released in 1976 (770 model only). The best sales were in New Zealand where the combination of the powerful engine, light body and short wheelbase were suited to New Zealand’s windy and mountainous roads.
The Valiant Charger VH model won the 1971 Australian Wheels Car of the Year Award. Some Chargers were raced in the Bathurst 500, let down by inadequate brakes. In New Zealand, however, they proved to be virtually unbeatable from 1971-1979 at the famous B&H 500 mile (later 1000km) series at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The most successful drivers were Leo Leonard and Jim Little, who still races his Valiants (mostly pre-65 class).
The 1972 E49 was the greatest Charger and was built for one race in mind, the Bathurst Enduro.
It came with a 4-speed gearbox finally and could race over the quarter mile in a claimed 14.1 seconds which until recently was a record for a six cylinder, it could blow away the power-house Falcon GT phase III (351 V8).