For those old enough to remember the cheesy TV advertisements for the Valiant Charger back in the late 60s, early 70s, a contender for road dominance against locally manufactured Fords and Holdens of the day, might feel some sense of nostalgia as we look at the limited edition, Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer now on the floor at Ken Muston Automotive.
While it may not be the Dodge Charger that diehard V8 fans have been waiting for, this is the next best thing. Chrysler has put the finishing touches on a limited run of 50 examples of the 300 SRT Pacer edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Valiant Pacer.
The limited edition Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary milestone of the iconic Valiant Pacer. Beyond this, the Chrysler 300 will continue to be available in Australia,” said a spokesperson for Chrysler Australia.
While there is no more power from the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 (350kW/637Nm), there’s plenty of Pacer badging to pay homage to the original from 1969.
Of course, they replace the ‘Pacer 225’ badges of Chrysler Australia’s original Valiant Pacer, which arrived with a 225 cubic-inch (3.7-litre) straight-six and was aimed directly at homegrown V8 performance cars like the Holden Monaro GTS.
50 years on, it has ended up being the last affordable sports sedan available in Australia from the Big Three. The V8 Holden Commodores and high-performance Ford Falcons are long gone.
The Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer editions will be available in three colours: white, black and grey and each will be individually numbered.