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S Series 1962

 

Chrysler Australia chiefs immediately recognised that they had a winner with the new Valiant. The R series Valiant proved to be so popular, stocks soon sold out within days of its launch and Chrysler had to rush the S series (SV-1) into production in March of the same year.

To meet demand, plans were made to bring the newly released Americain Valiant S Series model into Australia as quickly as possible. Importing large volumes of parts from America enabled Chrysler to produce the S series (SV-1) Valiant in large quantities for the Australian market. However, the S series (SV-1) Valiant model range was limited, with only one model being available; the four door.

1962 S Series (SV1)Chrysler Australia Managing Director (1960-1972), David H. Brown, boasted of the many improvements on the new Valiant. The S series used the same body shell as the R series with cosmetic changes. The main cosmetic changes were; deleting of the simulated spare wheel on the bootlid, which was replaced by a smooth pressing and a Valiant logo. Round tail lamps replaced the R-series’ cat-eye shaped ones, reduction of chrome exterior trim, and the grille was simplified, but the bonnet opening mechanism remained outside the cabin in the grille.

1962 S series rear detail

Other changes included sealed chassis lubrication, new ball joint ends and tie rod ends which were also sealed; said to need no attention for 30, 000 miles (50,000 kms). The S series retained the three speed gearbox, but the original floor mounted shifter had moved to a steering column mounted lever. The torqueflite automatic operated by facia located push buttons was still available as an option.

S series 1962 InteriorThe new S series also came equipped with; a new gear-reduction starter motor, larger fuel tank; now 12 gallons (53 litres), better braking, and a corrosion resistant exhaust muffler.

Actual performance figures remained the same with top speed still approaching a heady 98 mph (158 km/h), just over 42 mph (68 km/h) available in first, and 70 mph (113 km/h) in second. 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) took 18.5 seconds and 19.4 seconds for the standing quarter mile.

As might be expected all this technology came at a price (an additional £16 - which was a lot considering the average weekly wage was just over £40). But for those who could afford it, they were driving out of the dealerships in their new S series base models for £1255 ($2510). Or if the wallet stretched to it, a push button automatic for £1385 ($2670). The new S Series was popular, and the dealership salesmen had no trouble justifying the increase in price when explaining the obvious savings every new S Series owner would make with the new chassis system.

Waiting lists ensued, and if you wanted one of the new S series Valiants, you had to be prepared to wait. 10,009 examples were sold, 5,496 automatics and 4,513 manuals.

   
   


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