Excellent rust and damage free body. The Motorhood is the online home of Parkside Media's titles NZ Performance Car, NZV8, and New Zealand Classic Car. Introduction Chrysler brought out the sporty Pacer in 1969.
Needless to say, the Pacer made such a lasting impression on Ross, who was just 12 years old at the time, that he was determined to own one at some stage. Chrysler has cranked up the nostalgia on its 300 SRT Core, revealing a Pacer tribute paying homage to to the 1969 Chrysler Valiant Pacer.
$14.95. Ross retained a 50-acre run-off area where he built himself a new house, plus a workshop in order to carry on his engineering passion. $18.15. After some negotiating and parting with $800, Ross’ new Pacer project took pride of place in his workshop.
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During this time, Ross was also following his passion to be an engineer, and he would keep the Pacer for 13 years, eventually undertaking a complete restoration of the car with the help of Rowan Marshall, a panel-beating friend. For many years, Ross focused on building his dairy farm into a successful business, and, despite owning several new cars, he never had the time to even contemplate owning another classic — especially a Pacer. Once the body was complete, Ross added new, upgraded, slotted and drilled front brake rotors, and finned R/T Charger drums on the rear. The next job was to apply the correct black stripes in the exact factory position — thankfully, Ross had made a stencil from tracings of the stripes on the car before it had been completely stripped, and he was also able to supply reference photographs of original Valiant Pacers to act as further guidelines. SKU: DB5001.
The original livery included black striping that wrapped around the rear of the car and down the sides to the front doors, so this was also re-added. Just Cars is the place for classic, vintage and unique cars. Chrysler 300 news, reviews, comparisons and videos. Some suggested to Ross that he was wasting his time, as the Pacer had obviously suffered many dodgy repairs over the years, including a replacement rear-quarter panel that had been fitted incorrectly.
Ross was only 18 years old at the time, but was given the green light by his father to purchase the car.
There's a healthy smattering of Pacer 392 badges, too. The Australian machines, not surpisingly, closely resembled their Yankee cousins, and, in typical fashion, the archetypical Ford versus General Motors versus Chrysler battle also continued, albeit with different names, as Holden, Falcon, and Valiant all battled for supremacy at great motor-racing events such as Bathurst, in a bid to increase market share throughout Australasia. According to Ross, he thoroughly enjoyed working on this restoration project, and, at the end of the day, it’s the enjoyment of working on these classic beauties that keeps us passionate about our hobby.
Exterior decals include the Hemi 265 sticker on the bonnet (in the centre at the front); the Hemi Pacer decal on the left-hand side of the rear of the vehicle, between the left and right brake and indicator lights; and, finally, the 265 Hemi decal that is incorporated into the striping on the rear side-panels of the car. Ross’ father was also somewhat of a Chrysler fan, owning many different variants of the brand over the years, and that helped to keep his desire to own a Pacer well and truly alive. Find Chrysler Valiant listings at the best price. The dealership traded a Bronze-coloured Pacer, and Ross had the enviable task of delivering it to the local panel shop for some minor touch-ups. The stand-out feature of the Pacer interior is its instrumentation, which is shared with the R/T Chargers. Later, the Pacer was used as Ross’ own wedding car but was eventually — and very reluctantly — sold, the proceeds going towards purchasing a dairy farm.
The Pacer is only a tribute for now, but a production version is in the works for Australia. Despite the fact it had looked reasonably tidy prior to the strip down — which also uncovered some rats’ nests and the odd bird’s nest — the reality of the situation was that the Pacer’s shell was quite rotten. Ross had the usual succession of cars — such as a Morris 1000 and a Cortina MkI — before eventually buying his first Valiant Pacer from Watson Howarth Motors in Te Awamutu. Given it's based on the 300 SRT Core, it appears likely the production Pacer will miss out on niceties like adaptive damping, leather seats, and the full suite of Fiat Chrysler's semi-autonomous safety systems. Copyright © 2014-2020 Parkside Media.
If the budget blows out — and it usually does — and the frustration doesn’t get to you, then the end result will keep you smiling for years to come. One person who wouldn’t argue with these sentiments would be Ross Jenkins, the owner of the outstanding 1972 Valiant Pacer featured here. At this stage, Ross again called on specialist classic car restorer Rowan Marshall, of Marshall Panelbeaters, to take over the project. Recommended List Price (MRLP) inclusive of GST, exclusive of options and on road costs. Read Chrysler Valiant Pacer car reviews and compare Chrysler Valiant Pacer prices and features at carsales.com.au. While the V8 remained the dominant engine for the majority of US muscle cars — and, indeed, for Aussie grunters such as the mighty Falcon GT-HO — straight-six engines were also very much a part of the formula for their Australian counterparts. Used 2017 Holden Commodore SS V Redline at John Hughes Dealer: 23725 Make: Holden Commodore Car Type: Sedan Year: 2017 Transmission: Manual Fuel: This vehicle has now been sold. Hemi Performance in Australia was able to locate original-style seats for the Pacer, and these were reupholstered with the correct Pacer vinyl. MORE: Chrysler 300 news, reviews, comparisons and videos.
This trend was best exemplified by the emergence of cars such as Holden’s hot GTR XU-1, while Chrysler chipped in with the mighty ‘six-pack’ Charger and Pacer. Nice original unrestored Hemi Orange VG Pacer. Powered by a high-performance slant six, it featured a beefed up suspension, floor-mounted four-speed, snarly exhaust, and built-in tachometer.
Oddly enough, to this day, it remains the only Pacer with that colour scheme he’s ever seen.
Add to Cart 'HEMI 215' AIR CLEANER DECAL VG-VH-VJ 1B. Power came from a 'slant six' engine making 130kW, mated with a three-speed manual transmission. Highly competitive in its day.
Tags: 245 265 hemi Chrysler hardtop coupe pacer vg vf vh charger mopar Bathurst*****1971 2 door Manual Auto As it turned out, Ross knew the owner quite well but had never known he owned the Pacer, which lay virtually rotting away in an old implement shed next to the milking shed. SKU: DB5007.
The engine was completely balanced before fitting the custom exhaust headers and exhaust system. Product Review: Meguiar’s Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax, Product review: Projecta Charge ’n’ Maintain, Stragglers Rod and Kustom Charity Car Show. New battery. Subsequently, the farm sale went ahead and that freed up some available funding for the Pacer project. Service history. Running a 245 Hemi 4 litre straight six and 4 speed gearbox. This is the base model on which the Pacer E31 and E34 race packs were built on. T-14 185SR14 Radial Tyres. Alloy wheels.
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In this task he was aided with help from Robinson Instruments in Auckland. The door cards are also completely original to the car, with only the chrome door-lever backing and arm rests new.
SKU: DB5002. Chrysler proudly trumpets the fact the Core is "the last affordable V8 powered rear wheel drive sedan still available in Australia", given the death of local manufacturing.
Add to Cart. Ross was certainly in for one heck of a project. Ross contacted Bradley Evans at Hemi Performance Parts in Nelson to supply him with many parts, Bradley’s assistance helping to simplify the restoration.
Even though the Pacer was a huge jump outside the square in terms of size and power, Ross reckons his strict father probably gave his blessing because he felt the Valiant, being a large, heavy car, would be a safe one for his son to drive.
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After two and a half years at Marshall Panelbeaters, it was time to pass the bare body shell literally next door to Greenville Auto Painters, which applied the striking ‘Vitamin C’ paint scheme — this being the car’s original colour, according to its factory build sheet. Vehicle in Pristine condition. Search for new & used Chrysler Valiant Pacer cars for sale in Australia.
Ross also converted the Pacer to run on CNG — something that was almost mandatory during the ’80s, especially if you happened to own a large, gas-guzzling, six- or eight-cylinder vehicle.