- Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car

Chrysler realises its Aussie heritage with a cool Valiant Pacer tribute

And it's going to production.

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.

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It's certainly unique looking that's for sure. What do you think of the Pacer?

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  • I want 1 but my ex wife left me with too much debt for the tattoo she needed for my rehab and return to paid work 😩 (over $600,000)

      8 months ago
    • Ouch.

        8 months ago
    • Life's a bitch I married mine but at least she gave me my 2 amazing gorgeous incredible daughters who have turned into some brilliant young ladies who are my reason to live ❤️ 💕

        8 months ago
  • Sweet, I love that they are doing that... I remember the “225 Hemi Pacer” well, they even raced in Australia, before they bought out the Charger short wheelbase version of the Valiant to take on the Falcon GTHO, Torana XU-1 etc in touring car racing and Bathurst classics. A mate bought one new, (I had a Ford Escort Twin Cam with the Lotus engine, and another mate had a Prince Skyline GT, fore runner of the Godzilla) The Pacer had a 3 speed floor shift manual, which was like a 4 speed without first gear, such were the ratios. You took off with a bit of clutch in first, but the torque of that big slant six would then kick in, and you would rocket off to quite a high speed for first gear. So different to the Holden Torana, and Ford Falcon GT competition. They handled pretty well too. And what a brilliant marketing idea to pump some life into 300 and SRT8 sales, by offering a slice of nostalgia to motoring fans who remember the Pacer. Good on you Chrysler! Don’t let Ford and Holden have it all with the Stang and the Camaro...

      8 months ago
  • You mightn't remember Valiant in Australia, but Chrysler just has. @tribe

      8 months ago
    • I'm pretty happy with that colour.

        8 months ago
    • Oh I do indeed the slant six the hemi the purple charger and painting the diff bright orange Great tribute

        8 months ago
  • The 300 is almost due for a 50th anniversary of its own

      8 months ago
  • We had the Plymouth Valiant here in the States. It was an upscale Dodge Dart, also with a 225 slant six, a car I own. I’m very interested in how they tune up a slant six. They are bulletproof, but they’re not known for their power.

      8 months ago
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