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  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan
  • 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 Sedan
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Chrysler sold the efficient and sturdy A-body compacts by the millions during the 1960s and 1970s (through 1981 in Australia), mostly as North American-market Dodge Darts and Plymouth Valiants. While only the two-door Darts and Valiant Barracudas have much collector value these days, the toughness of these cars and the sheer quantity of production means that plenty of Dart and Valiant sedans remain on the road to this day. Here's a '65 Valiant V-200 sedan that I spotted in a Denver self-service wrecking yard last week.

Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan

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.

Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan

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.

Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan

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.

Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan

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.

Junked 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 sedan

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!

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