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1962 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

My wife and I took a trip to San Diego recently to visit a friend. After a taste-testing a local brewery, we meandered the streets on a cool Sunday afternoon. We turned the corner and this 1962 Plymouth Valiant was parked perfectly for a few photos. Enjoy

And check out some other Plymouth Valiant’s we’ve spotted:

1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

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1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

This Plymouth Signet 200 transports us back to an era when… well… when Plymouth was still a car company.   Powered by ways of a measly slant 6, this Signet sloths along the Los Angeles roadways in search of fresh air and endless time. With 2 doors and no worries in the world… is there more you can ask for?

And when you’re finished here, check out previous Plymouth Valiant’s we have spotted:

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

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1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

Spotted what I believe to be a 1970 Plymouth Valiant by Manhattan beach on a overcast Sunday.  This one may have spent most of it’s life at the beach, judging by the visible sill rust. None the less a very cool car.

 

Some other Valiant’s/Duster’s we have featured:

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

1963 Dodge Dart Wagon

1973 Dodge Dart Sedan

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1964 Plymouth Valiant

I love the cars from the 1960’s – they have such interesting lines. The design language of these automobiles perfectly capture the cultural atmosphere and fashion aesthetic of the time. I was only able to capture the rear end of the Valiant as it was pulling out of the parking lot.

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Some information via Wiki about the Plymouth Valiant:

The Valiant was totally reskinned for 1963 with a 0.5 in (13 mm) shorter wheelbase; it had a wide, flat hood and a flat square rear deck. The upper belt feature line ran from the rear body, in a gentle sweep, to the front fender tip. Here it was ‘veed’ back and down to the trailing edge of the front fender. The roofline was flatter and sharpened in profile. The grille was a variation of the inverted trapezoid shape that characterized contemporary Chryslers, with a fine mesh insert. Advances in body structure, many accessories and a new spring-staged choke were promotional highlights. The Valiant was offered as a 2-door coupe or hardtop, a 4-door sedan and a station wagon.

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1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

Back to the vintage American metal, something LA has in abundance. Here we have a very orange 1967 4 door sedan coded the Valiant Signet.  Check out this cool website that gives you quite a thorough history of the Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler – http://www.valiant.org/

Some information about the Valiant via http://valiant.org/ – written by Lanny Knutson

A mini Mercedes is what Plymouth product planners were calling it, according to Hot Rod‘s writers. The claim reveals something about the engineers’ thoughts as they designed the car. Unlike its sibling, the Dodge Dart, the Valiant had no sporty hardtops or convertibles for ’67; those bodies had been moved to the new Barracuda line. Thus the Valiant was slated to be the corporate “formal” compact while the Dart would carry the sporty image.
There were just two Valiant models, the 100 and the Signet. Through 1966 the latter was either a hardtop or convertible. For ’67 it was “just” a sedan with either two or four doors. However, with the above mentioned trim and optional bucket scats and a possible four-on-the-floor if equipped with a V8, it could relive some of its past glory, most of which went over to the Barracuda line.
There was a Valiant 200 but technically it was a decor option for the 100 offering full-length bright body moldings, a interior mid-range between the 100 and the Signet plus a greater choice of interior and paint colors than available on the 100. For the first time, no wagon version of the Valiant was available. Plymouth, for one year, vainly attempted to replace it with a stripped-down Belvedere wagon.