: Hemi 6



frip
05-22-04, 10:28 AM
This car might be of interest, the 1970s Australian Chrysler Charger. Midway in size between a pre 1974 compact and intermediate, and powered by a version of the US Valiant I6 fitted with a "Hemi" style cylinder head (Hemi as in that normally associated with V8s). Top version was a model called the E49, fitted with a 302 bhp gross version of the Australian Hemi 265 ci I6, o-60 6.1 seconds, 1/4 mile 14.4 seconds. , only available with four on the floor in this version, hence the "4" decal on the front fender.


Check it out:

http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/featuredvehicles/45318/ (http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/featuredvehicles/45318/)

http://www.valiant.org/charger.html (http://www.valiant.org/charger.html)

V8s were available, but they tended to be luxo model versions with automatic, plush interior and what not. All the sporty editions had the I6.

:coolgleam

CoupeDevilleRob
05-22-04, 11:46 AM
Australian cars fascinate me, the whole Monaro/GTO thing got me started. The muscle car age never went away down under and there were American companies selling some really great cars (like this Charger, even though it is a Mopar). I wish there was a good book out there about Australian cars, I'd like to know more.

DaveSmed
05-22-04, 11:58 AM
Ever hear of HSV? It's the performance division of Holden. They have some amazing cars. I wouldn't mind a ClubSport R8.... http://www.hsv.com.au/

Stoneage_Caddy
05-22-04, 12:53 PM
that hemi slant six sounds very interesting

and dont forget the ford falcon

the holden malloo is a personal favorite for me (think gto meets el camino )

also a land where mitsubishi diamantes (magnum down there) get v8 engines , rear drive ...too bad its the race version , but they do start off with a stock diamante body ...nascar is looking into how the aussies go raceing with the v8 supercar series , may be coming stateside

down there cateras are called comedores calis and get a buick 3.8 v6 as the base engine

Vesicant
05-22-04, 02:12 PM
berlinas too... they all share the same platform lol.

Stoneage_Caddy
05-22-04, 02:20 PM
ever seen a mid east market chevy lumina ?
http://www.opel.nl/content_data/LAAM/BH/en/GBPBH/corp/showroom/showroom_lumina.htm

saw alot of them when i was in the persian gulf , its a catera platform too

oh and the aussies and mideast markets get a caprice classic/Statesmen too , 350,rwd and Independent rear suspension , looks every bit as big as a current deville (saw one parked next to a DTS in bahrain 2 years ago)
http://www.fastlane.com.au/News/Holden_lwb_mideast.htm

pisses me of we got stuck with the front drive crap (lumina) and they got the good stuff

brougham
05-22-04, 02:32 PM
oh and the aussies and mideast markets get a caprice classic/Statesmen too , 350,rwd and Independent rear suspension , looks every bit as big as a current deville (saw one parked next to a DTS in bahrain 2 years ago)

I saw in the paper something about GM is using that car as the base for their new RWD ones that they're going to be making. I think it said they have one converted back to what it should be like in the US with the steering wheel on the proper side of the car that they're using for testing.

frip
05-22-04, 02:43 PM
I found this book on the Australian Charger:

http://www.pitstop.net.au/pitstop/plu/14175

The Opel Omega / Caddy Catera has been around overseas for years and is a pretty versatile platform. Why GM don't use it as the basis for a rear drive family car beats me? After all as has already been pointed out Australian Cateras/Commodores already use the Buick 3.8 V6. :hmm: