Chrysler realises its Aussie heritage with a cool Valiant Pacer tribute
IN true celebration of its Australian heritage, Chrysler Australia has created a custom, one of a kind Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of an Australian motoring icon, the 1969 Valiant Pacer.
Celebrating Australia’s love of fast, rear wheel drive four door sedans, it’s reintroducing the Pacer nameplate, paying homage to the original with a custom wrapped high performance sedan based on the Chrysler 300 SRT Core.
“We’re excited to bring to life a modern interpretation of an Australian classic, the Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car,” said Chrysler Australia product director Guillaume Drelon.
“Highlighting the signature details of the original, the Pacer tribute takes inspiration from the iconic design cues of the celebrated 1969 Valiant Pacer.”
Featuring a full vehicle wrap replicating the original Wild Yellow body colour, the tribute car is adorned with black side stripes and ‘Pacer 392’ decals on front quarter panels and rear boot lid.
Its 20-inch Black Noise alloy wheels are enhanced with the striking red stripe seen on the wheels of the 1969 Pacer, matching the red front splitter decal with the Pacer logo and boot lid decal.
The 1969 version was built exclusively for the Australian market at the Chrysler factory in Adelaide, South Australia. Targeted at Australians looking for a performance car, it was fitted with a 225 cubic inch slant six engine.
That power plant produced 130kW, paired to a 3 speed manual gearbox. Originally available in three colours – Wild Yellow, Blue and Red – the 69 Valiant featured black exterior side stripes and red highlights accenting the grille and boot lid.
Signifying the performance credentials of the Australian model and its modified six-cylinder engine, the exterior styling was further decorated with its iconic ‘Pacer 225’ decals.
Today, the Wild Yellow Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car is powered by an even stronger HEMI V8 that produces a booming 350kW and 637Nm of torque. All details from the original have been meticulously reproduced.
The 225 decals turned into 392 ones, which represents the cubic inches of the 6.4-litre V8 power train. The high-powered engine is paired with the advanced TorqueFlight ZF-8-speed automatic gearbox with rotary E-shift, launch control and is rear wheel drive.
To further celebrate the iconic Australian-made 1969 model, Chrysler Australia is sending the special edition to production, with the details of the limited edition model set to be released soon.