Daily Driver: 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon – SOLD!

by | Apr 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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May 8, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

When a seller describes their classic car as their daily driver, potential buyers should take notice. By their very nature, classic cars tend to be a bit fussier to drive daily than modern cars. For one thing, starting an older carburetor-topped classic can become a dance of pushing the accelerator and/or adjusting the choke while turning the key. They don’t stop as fast nor offer the comfort and conveniences of modern cars. A classic car’s charm as a daily driver lies in its simplicity. While there is a higher probability a classic car will break down versus a modern ride, the chances are better you can fix the classic on the side of the road with basic hand tools.

The seller of this White 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon For Sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Cambria, California, in April 2024, describes their ride as their “daily driver runs perfectly.” The seller mentions they are only the second owner; the California black plates on the car likely confirm that. More importantly, the seller notes their Valiant benefits from a complete mechanical sorting that included an electronic ignition upgrade.  In addition to recent suspension and brake updates, the seller notes the engine and transmission received rebuilds just eight thousand miles ago.

From a pricing standpoint, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask exceeds this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $10,300 before making significant adjustments for the powertrain and other convenience options. As a second data point, the Old Cars Weekly Online Price Guide reveals the seller’s ask falls between this source’s #2 “Fine” estimate of $9,800 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,000.

The 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon stands as an emblem of American automotive innovation, marrying practicality with performance in an era marked by automotive evolution. Equipped with a robust 225 cubic inch Slant Six engine and seamlessly mated to an automatic transmission, this vehicle represents a harmonious blend of power, efficiency, and reliability.

At the heart of the 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon lies the formidable 225 cubic inch Slant Six engine, a powerplant renowned for its durability and efficiency. Characterized by its innovative slanted cylinder arrangement, this engine design offered numerous advantages over conventional inline configurations. By tilting the cylinders at an angle of 30 degrees to the vertical, engineers achieved a more compact and space-efficient layout while enhancing performance and balance.

The Slant Six engine boasts a cast-iron block and cylinder head construction, ensuring robustness and longevity under diverse driving conditions. With a bore of 3.40 inches and a stroke of 4.125 inches, it delivers a displacement of 225 cubic inches (3.7 liters), providing ample torque and horsepower for both city cruising and highway travel.

Paired with the potent Slant Six engine is an automatic transmission system, designed to deliver smooth and effortless gear transitions while optimizing fuel efficiency and drivability. The specific automatic transmission utilized in the 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon may vary, with options including the TorqueFlite automatic transmission, a renowned and reliable unit synonymous with Chrysler Corporation vehicles of the era.  The TorqueFlite transmission employs a robust torque converter and a planetary gearset arrangement, offering two or three forward gear ratios, depending on the specific variant. This transmission’s hydraulically controlled shifting mechanism ensures seamless gear changes, enhancing the overall driving experience while minimizing driver effort.

Combined, the 225 cubic inch Slant Six engine and automatic transmission system deliver performance and handling characteristics consistent with that period of time, making the 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon a versatile and capable vehicle for everyday use. With a focus on reliability and efficiency, this vehicle excels in urban commuting, long-distance travel, and light-duty hauling tasks.

The Slant Six engine’s torque-rich power delivery ensures brisk acceleration and confident passing maneuvers, while the automatic transmission system enhances drivability by adapting to varying driving conditions seamlessly. Additionally, the wagon’s balanced chassis and suspension setup provide a comfortable ride quality, absorbing road imperfections with poise and stability.

Beyond its mechanical prowess, the 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon boasts a practical and utilitarian design, catering to the needs of families and individuals alike. Its wagon body style offers generous cargo space, ideal for transporting groceries, luggage, or recreational equipment with ease. The expansive rear cargo area features a convenient tailgate and ample loading capacity, making it suitable for a myriad of tasks and activities.

Furthermore, the wagon’s timeless design aesthetic, characterized by clean lines and understated elegance, endows it with enduring appeal and charm. Whether navigating city streets or embarking on cross-country adventures, the 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon embodies the quintessential American family car, blending functionality with style in a package that stands the test of time.

The 1963 Plymouth Valiant Wagon equipped with the 225 cubic inch Slant Six engine and automatic transmission represents a pinnacle of automotive engineering from the early 1960s. With its robust performance, efficient design, and practical utility, this vehicle remains a cherished classic among enthusiasts and collectors, embodying the spirit of innovation and versatility that defined an era of automotive excellence.

The MyMopar.com YouTube Channel features this 1963 Plymouth Valiant commercial:

Unfortunately, the seller’s limited pictures and description have us asking several questions. First is whether their Valiant is either the “100” or “200” trim level.  The lack of any interior pictures prevented us from confirming which level on our own.  While the great exterior pictures of the car are what attracted us to this Valiant’s Craigslist ad, the lack of undercarriage, engine, and interior would help build buyer’s confidence beyond the excellent details of all the mechanical upgrades completed.

If you are serious about buying this vintage Valiant, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Plymouth station wagon featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Second Owner
Everything has been done already
Mechanically
225 slant 6
Daily driver runs perfectly
Too much done to list
All records kept since new
All rust is surface and recent
No bondo
Was garage kept entire life until I purchased two years ago

Motor rebuilt and transmission with approximately 8,000 miles
All suspension, brakes done in last two years. New radiator
Electronic ignition
Cragars
Email only. I will respond asap with phone number
Too many spammers

Don’t need help selling
Thanks for looking

just needs paint and headliner.

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor quality 1963 Plymouth Valiant wagon for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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