Silver Simplicity: 1966 Plymouth Valiant 200 – Sold?
June 11, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this vintage Plymouth “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The word “Valiant” is defined as possessing or exhibiting valor; brave. Thirty years ago, driving a slant-six Valiant sedan to high school virtually guaranteed endless ridicule. Time is a healer, so we wonder whether a modern licensed teenager pulling up in this 1966 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan originally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist in Niagara Falls, New York would receive a similar fate. Featuring a rebuilt Slant Six and rebuilt TorqueFlite three-speed automatic, for $4,500 this car could be a great first car. Comparing that price to the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $3,550 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $6,000.
After the controversial styling disaster of the original 1960-1962 Valiants limited sales, Plymouth introduced a much more well-received and redesigned car for the 1963 model year. Designers reskinned Valiants on a slightly shorter wheelbase. t 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. Advances in body structure, the availability of many accessories, and a new spring-staged choke were promotional highlights. Plymouth offered the Valiant in hardtop, convertible, and wagon variants. The result was a big sales success over the prior model. Fun fact: Plymouth supported a successful team of Valiant two-door sedans in the 1965 and 1966 SCCA Manufacturers Rally Championships.
The MyMopar.com YouTube Channel currently features this 1966 Plymouth Dealer Filmstrip covering the entire Valiant and Barracuda line that year:
As long as the “Underside repairable but very drivable” turns out to be nothing structural and each door opens and closes easily, then there is a lot to love about this claimed Barn Find that’s been thoroughly sorted. While it may not have the modern safety features helicopter parents prefer their bubble babies to drive, this is a great way for an aspiring young can enthusiast to get their feet wet understanding basic car design, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Barn Find, In storage for 25 years. Body Straight. Underside repairable but very drivable. New org, engine rebuilt by Napa. The transmission also Rebuilt with receipt in 8-19 .$2200. New Radiator,alternator,starter,hoses,brake lines,brakes,cylinders,spring kits and brake hoses. new tires, and new battery”
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