Grandparent’s Car: 1972 Plymouth Valiant Scamp 33K Mile Survivor – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Once a very common sight on American roads, Plymouth Valiant Scamps such as this well-optioned, 33K mile one-owner survivor currently first listed in March 2020 on Craigslist in Saddle River, New Jersey are a rare sight today.   The car collector’s grandson is currently asking $8,500 on behalf of his grand parents. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Grand Parent’s Scamp priced $2,300 below the current #3 “Good” estimate of $10,800.

Chrysler completely redesigned the Plymouth Valiant and sister car, Dodge Dart, for the 1967 model year by offering only two-door coupes and four-door sedans. Buyers who wanted a Valiant-type hardtop coupe or convertible could choose a similarly-styled Barracuda, which was still based on the Valiant with a slightly sportier style. The new Valiant model range included 2- and 4-door sedans on a newly lengthened 108 in (2,700 mm) wheelbase. The design was straightforward and rectilinear that we still believe took styling cues from Chrysler’s turbine-powered prototype, one of which Jay Leno still owns.  The body sides were mildly sculptured with a tapering lower feature line that widened toward the wheels. The new fenders had a vertical slab look. The grille was vertically split and subdivided horizontally. Vertical taillights were segmented and had a fanned-out look.  Federally-mandated safety equipment became standard on these new 1967 models, including a new dual-circuit brake system, collapsible steering column, front passenger shoulder belts.

Following the successful launch of the new Plymouth Duster two-coupe for 1970, Plymouth started offering a badge-engineered version of the 111-inch wheelbase Dodge Dart Swinger called the Valiant Scamp. This used the Dart Swinger 2-door hardtop body shell with Valiant front sheet metal and dual taillamps carried over from the 1970 Dodge Dart.  The car was a hit as 1972 saw the Valiant’s best sales ever with over 330,000 sold.

We came across this 1974 commercial marketing the Valiant Scamp towards women.  The title of the commercial is “That’s Why The Lady Drives a Scamp.”  You’ll likely recognize the song:


What a story this Valiant car tell!  Not only is it well-optioned with a 318 cubic inch V8 and air conditioning, but we also love the patina and the Grand Father’s attention to properly cover every blemish as it occurred.  Given what appears to be a very solid body with only 33K original garage kept miles and a clean NJ title, it’s very plausible this Valiant rarely if ever left Bergen County in Northern Jersey.  If you subscribe to the “Mopar or No Car” camp and would love to add an original low mileage survivor quality car to your collection, this appears to be a very suitable candidate.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“All original grandparents car untouched, unmolested with original factory a/c. 318 V8 Garage kept its whole life. Runs and drives. THIS IS NOT A SHOW CAR so please don’t knit pick looking for something for 48 years old it’s in pretty good condition. 33,000 original mileage.  I have knowledge of classic cars. If I had space in my personal collection I’d just keep it. I’d rather get them the $$$.  Clean Nj title.

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