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    Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Welcome to GMI.

    I'm a bit of an armchair historian, with my specialty being the cars of the "Apartheid Era" in my childhood home of Cape Town, South Africa. If you weren't aware, Chrysler were a major player in the South African industry and the beloved Valiant was the country's top-selling car throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. My parents hauled our tribe around in a burnt-orange 1974 Valiant Safari wagon (the Australian design) with the wonderful two-barrel straight six under the bonnet. I grew up just a five-minute ride on my Raleigh Chopper bike from the old Chrysler factory in Cape Town, which was being used as a parts depot at that time.

    Here's an article that I hope will be of interest to you. It's of the "Chrysler Savannah", a proposed South African-built "Muscle Car" that was unfortunately scrapped at the eleventh hour.

    I apologise for the small print, but hope you enjoy the article.







    P.S. Save the images and blow them up for better (if a bit fuzzier) reading!

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Hi 'Cuda! Welcome to GMI.

    My cousin's ex husband had a fully restored panther pink Barracuda, a '73 I think. I'll have to see if I have a picture somewhere. Quite the car.

    Feel free to post your rides in the Member's Garage section.
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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    1958 Chrysler New Yorker 350/4BBL 3A
    zoooooooooooooomg! Pictures!!!!

    350? I have a 1958 Plymouth with the 350. As far as I know, it was only installed in the Plymouths and Dodges that year. DeSotos got the 361. The Chrysler New Yorker had the 392 Hemi. Did you swap your engine out for some reason?

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    t-rex -- wasn't that car originally designed & developed by Chrysler-Australia, where they called it a "Charger"? And, as I vaguely recall, it was availalbe with a true Hemi 6-cylinder engine!

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    There's a company or two out there that will make you a NEW Charger



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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    t-rex -- wasn't that car originally designed & developed by Chrysler-Australia, where they called it a "Charger"? And, as I vaguely recall, it was availalbe with a true Hemi 6-cylinder engine!
    Yes, Chrysler Australia designed the car, the Valiant Charger, but the Australians used the "Hemi" six and imported the 318 and 340 engines from North America. Chrysler South Africa imported Valiant body kits from Australia and fitted them with the slant six and Torqueflite 660, both of which were made in South Africa. Chrysler SA also made the 383 locally (used in locally-built Dodge Monacos and later the "Chrysler 383", a Monaco with Newport interior and trim) and they had planned to use the 400 V8 for the top-model "Savannah". So Saffies didn't really "design" the cars, they just took other cars and made them better! Or, to be accurate, more interesting!

    The South African "Charger" was actually the Duster with a Demon front clip and featured a four-barrel version of the 225, and was sold 1970-1975. Fitting them with locally-made 383's was a popular aftermarket conversion. Unfortunately the Australian-style Charger never got sold in S.A., as the "Savannah" project was canceled.

    Trivia tidbit #1: Chrysler South Africa used the "Formula S" tag to describe the two-barrel version of the "slant six" unit! The four-barrel was the "Charger Power" unit! (in case you run into some South African Mopar fans online and wonder what they're talking about! )

    Trivia tidbit #2: Dr Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first heart-transplant surgery in 1967, drove a 1966 Dodge Monaco. He and my father both worked from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and I remember seeing Dr Barnard driving it in the hospital parking lot!
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    Welcome to GMI, MoPar fan.
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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Interesting read, I have p.m you T rex

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    Hi T rex, do you have the original article on this one as I am chasing more information if possible?? Thanks

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    Hi T rex, do you have the original article o this one as I am chasing more information etc? Thanks Val

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    ^^t-rex hasn't been around for a while. Hopefully you'll have luck contacting him.^^
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    Ah damn. Do you have another contact for him or know if hes on any other forums etc? Thanks

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    https://africanmusclecars.com/forum/...23199143f9dd97

    Try going here and asking people on this forum if they know of any info.

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    Re: Howdy, old MoPar fan here.

    Quote Originally Posted by val265 View Post
    Hi T rex, do you have the original article on this one as I am chasing more information if possible?? Thanks
    Seeing as this 'Savannah 400' (or indeed the Australian Charger body itself, let alone in B-Block form) was never sold in SA, perhaps t-rex's kindly supplied reproduction actually is the original article?

    Fwiw here's a couple of photos i took of a mate's VJ Charger 770 which he retrofitted with a B-Block 400 enlarged to 512 CID (5 speed manual)



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