AJ’s Car of the Day: 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp

Car: Plymouth Valiant Scamp

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The Valiant was produced and sold by Chrysler’s Plymouth division for model years 1960 through 1976. It launched the company into the compact car market, and was known for its reliability and durability.

What made it famous: In 1971, Scamp was the top-of-the-line, two-door hardtop Valiant. Powered by a 318 V8 rather than the usual 225 Slant-6, this badge-engineered Dart Swinger sibling used the Dodge Dart’s 2-door hardtop body shell with Plymouth Valiant’s front sheet metal and dual taillights from the 1970 Dodge Dart.

Why I would want one: Love any time you put a V8 in an economy-based model. Instant factory hot rod.

Fun fact: The Plymouth Valiant in all it’s variants was one of Chrysler’s best-selling cars of the 60’s and 70’s. It kept the company afloat through very hard economic times.