I see many of these cars during my junkyard travels, so many that I walk right past a lot of Darts and Valiants without touching my camera. This one looked very solid and probably was complete on the day it arrived at this place, so I felt it was worth documenting.
Valiant buyers could get a factory-installed V8 starting in 1964; in 1965, the optional V8 was an excellent 273-cubic-inch (4.5-liter) plant rated at 180 horsepower (a 235-horse "Formula" version was available in the Barracuda, which still came with Valiant badging through 1965). This car, like most Valiants, has the legendary Slant-6 engine, which was nearly impossible to kill in street use. I can't tell the 225-cubic-inch Slant-6 from the 170 or 198 at a glance and I didn't check the block casting numbers; this car would have had a 101-hp 170 or a 145-hp 225 from the factory, but so much engine-swapping action takes place with A-bodies that this one probably doesn't have its original engine.
Because it's a luxurious V-200 and not the cheaper V-100, this car's original purchaser felt comfortable springing for the optional 3-speed automatic instead of the base 3-on-the-tree column-shift manual.
The interior is on the worn-out side and the body has suffered from some mild corrosion. Were this a Valiant Barracuda or even a V-200 hardtop coupe, someone might have rescued it.
Some of these trim parts should live on, if a Denver-area Valiant restorer gets to this car in time.
The Valiant was part of the Roaring '65s. We're askin' you ta try Barracuda... come take a Valiant for a drive!