The VIP was released by Chrysler Australia Ltd to fill the gap in the model range between the Australian built Valiant/Regal and the imported (locally assembled from CKD) Dodge Phoenix.
Its direct competitor was the Australian built Ford Fairlane and GM Holden Brougham released in July 1968.
The VIP was a model built by Chrysler Australia Ltd and was manufactured between 1967 and 1971 and spanned three models.
The first model VIP was introduced on October 1967 and was based on the standard VE Valiant A-Body 108 inch wheelbase but had options not available on the regular Valiant and Regal models. It came with a 273cid V8, Torqueflite automatic transmission with center console shift, coaxial power steering and power assisted front disc brakes as standard. They also had vinyl roofs and dress rims as standard. Being built on the same wheelbase as the standard Valiant put it at a disadvantage to it's main competitor the Ford Fairlane which had a stretched Falcon platform.
It was advertised as 'The special car for Very Important People'.
The VF Chrysler VIP was released in May 1969 with a stretched 112 inch wheelbase over the standard Valiant. The decision was made to market and badge the VIP as a Chrysler rather than a Valiant. Unlike the previous VE model the VF VIP received it's own exclusive quad headlight grille and revised tail lights to distinguish it from the standard Valiant range. The VF VIP was also available with a 225cid slant six in addition to a new 318cid V8. The VIP wagon was dropped when the VF model was introduced and was only available as a four door.
The VG Chrysler VIP was released in 1970 and became available with the all new Australian 245cid Hemi straight six in addition to the 318cid V8. In 1970 the VIP became the first Australian car to be fitted with air conditioning as standard.
- 1 Model Predecessor
- 2 Model Successor
- 3 Export Versions
- 4 Related Models
- 5 Competition
- 6 Body Styles
- 7 Technical:
- 8 Specifications:
- 9 Year by Year Changes, Production Numbers, and Cost:
- 10 Wiki Topic References:
- 11 Magazine References:
- 12 External Links
The VIP was replaced by the 115 inch wheelbase CH Series Chrysler by Chrysler released in November 1971.
- ZA Ford Fairlane for 1967
- HK Holden Brougham for 1968
- ZB Ford Fairlane for 1968
- HT Holden Brougham for 1969
- ZC Ford Fairlane for 1969
- HG Holden Brougham for 1970
- ZD Ford Fairlane for 1970
- 1967 VE: 4 Door Sedan 108 inch wheelbase and 4 Door Station Wagon
- 1969 VF: 4 Door Sedan 112 inch wheelbase
- 1970 VG: 4 Door Sedan 112 inch wheelbase
- The VE Valiant VIP was available only with the 195HP (146kW) 273cid LA small block.
- The VF Chrysler VIP was available with 160HP (120kW) 225cid 2bbl slant six as standard and optional 230HP (172kW) 318cid 2bbl V8 Fireball.
- The VG Chrysler VIP was available with 185HP (138kW) 245cid 2bbl Hemi six as standard and 230HP (172kW) 318cid 2bbl V8 Fireball.
- The VE Valiant VIP was available only with the A904 Torqueflite 8 automatic transmission.
- The VF Chrysler VIP was available with A904 Torqueflite 6 for slant six and A904 Torqueflite 8 for V8 Fireball.
- The VG Chrysler VIP was available with Borg/Warner 35 for Hemi six and A904 Torqueflite 8 for V8 Fireball.
- The Valiant Book by Tony Davis
- Chrysler In Code by Janeene Collins
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