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Chrysler Slant-Six Racing

Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Beentherebefore

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    Very interesting (and expensive looking) setup for a slant-6. Is this a drag racing car? Road racing car?......or just somebody that liked Slant-6s enough to put a lot of time and money into it for a show car?
     
  2. Bob Lincoln

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    This was the car, looks like it could be street-legal but also be raced.

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  3. Beentherebefore

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    I don't think the owner would want to do any track racing where that top-grade paint job could get damaged. Looks like it would make a pretty good "street sleeper" for boulevard drags :D.

    The grille has been slightly modified but it is either a '61 or '62 Dodge Lancer. That model was replaced by the first (compact) Dodge Dart in '63.
     
  4. Beentherebefore

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    This is more like what the car would look like if it were set up for serious track duty ;) ;

    Modified Valiant.jpg

    (photo shared from Photobucket)

    Yes, I do know - probably not a Slant 6 poking out from under the hood.
     
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  5. Beentherebefore

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    A bit hard to read (cut from a much longer article on 1960 Daytona Speedweeks) but very interesting if you can make it out.

    Valiants @ Daytona article.jpg

    With the race finish order reading like this, is it hard to understand why Ol' Man France lost interest in promoting this series after just a handful of races?

    Valiants @ Daytona - finishing order.jpg
     
  6. Beentherebefore

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    Marvin Panch's slant 6 Nascar racer;

    Marvin Panch's slant 6.jpg

    Slant Six Hyper-pak.jpg
    (Photos shared from Photki)
     
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    A 38 mile race? Interesting, thought it was longer, like at least 100 miles.
     
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    I had a '74 Dart with a 198, "3 on the tree" & a 3.55 rear that could beat Gremlins, Mavericks and other small prey... :)
    (on the street, of course!)
     
  9. Dave Z

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    I did the '76 Valiant 318 - you can get larger prey ;)

    That said, now I have the '74 Dart 225. Not much I can beat these days, if they're trying.
     
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    Slant Six Racing at Daytona.jpg
    Curtis Turner in the Falcon.....Ralph Moody in the Valiant at the Daytona Road course. Lee Petty won in a Valiant.
     
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  12. Beentherebefore

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    Some of those compact races were "promotional" to gauge fan interest. There wasn't much so Nascar killed the series. There was some explanation in the small article I posted but which I can no longer read and I can't find the original :(. Might have something to do with this............

    Valiants crashing @ Daytona.jpg




    IIRC, there was something about this series on the main Allpar page a while back. Maybe Dave can dig it up and re-post it.

    As an interesting aside - Denise McCluggage who finished 11th (in a Volvo!) went on to become a columnist for "Autoweek" magazine for over two decades. She just died last year.
     
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    Yeah, but you might get 200,000 miles out of it if you treat it nicely.
     
  14. Beentherebefore

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    Might this be the Valiant that Lee Petty drove?

    Lee Petty's Nascar Valiant.jpg

    I have a vague memory that it was a race (100 miles?) that was broken down into segments (??). Maybe that's why Marvin Panch was also listed as a Daytona winner in a Valiant. IIRC, the series only ran at maybe 3 or 4 tracks before Nascar killed it.
     
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    Took 100,000 to break them in!
     
  16. Beentherebefore

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    :D
     
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    Bought a 68 Dart 225 auto with 100K, for 600 bucks, drove it for years, sold it, bought it back, put more miles on it. Great car!

    Had the Charger inside for the winters!
     
  18. Beentherebefore

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    As seen in some of the photos/articles above, Lee Petty had quite a bit of success in this short lived series. I had never known that Richard Petty also raced in a Valiant, but found these recently on Pinterest. Looks like he didn't fare very well. In the first photo (which isn't of the best quality), Petty is seen flying off the track in his #43 Valiant;

    Petty crashing in Valiant.jpg

    This photo shows what was left of the car after the aerial excursion;

    Petty's crashed Valiant.jpg

    Note that impressive (for an early slant 6) 146HP on the hood.
     
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    Virgil Exner had a 1932 Indy Studebaker Special that he converted to street use and owning that car likely inspired him to turn a 1960 Valiant into the XNR concept.
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    It is an asymmetrical design which may look odd at first, but was a beautiful expression of what could be done with a slant-6 Valiant chassis. It was a perfectly driveable design exercise.
    I can only imagine if this car made it into production. This video does show a brief glimpse of the engine bay. The growl of the slant-6 can be heard on acceleration:

    I have the Vigil Exner: Visioneer book by Peter Grist. I highly recommend it for the story and pictures of his art.
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  20. Beentherebefore

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    I like it, but then again, I liked the '62 Plymouth (most people don't) and the rear end design of the higher level '62's (Sport Fury) take quite a bit from this concept vehicle.
     

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