The Valiant Charger (it only became a Chrysler later) was an Aussie built muscle car introduced by Chrysler Australia in 1971.

Back in those days Chrysler was one of the big three car makers, along with Ford and Holden.

A two-door coupe, the Charger was based on the Valiant sedan and powered by a six cylinder engine – not a V8 (at least not initially).

It was marketed and badged as the Valiant Charger in the VH and VJ series, but became the Chrysler Charger for the later VK and CL series.

The Charger R/T E49 with a 4.3-litre engine was the quickest of them, producing 225 kW of power – which was a lot back then.

The E49 dispatched the quarter mile in 14.4 seconds and could sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds – no mean feat for a six.

The Charger was extremely popular, both on the track and on the road, especially the VH series which was named 1971 Wheels Car of the Year.

Production of the car ceased in 1978.

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