Remember the Pratt and Miller 62 Hemi Valiant resto mod? I really had a soft spot for that car when I saw it, because as I said in the article, my mom drove one of those for many years and it was one of the cars I learned to drive in. I remember it like it was yesterday. Well, I just ran across this little gem, it’s an absolute beauty in stunning condition and it’s for sale.
The seller says it’s a true survivor, no full restoration, though the carpet and headliner were replaced. Well, I don’t know, it looks too good for the paint and body to be untouched, though I guess anything is possible. All of the normal maintenance items have been replaced and the heater control has a broken cable, but other than that, the photos speak for themselves.
The Slant 6 was a popular engine with rodders and racers
These were amazing little cars. The slant six was incredibly reliable and a respectable performer, in fact, I remember articles a long time ago, in Hot Rod Magazine, that showed the little Mopar engine in drag racers and custom cars. I also remember a concept drawing from a custom shop that envisioned two of these slant sixes, mounted side by side, but in opposite directions, in a custom car for a V12 of sorts, though I don’t know if that idea ever left the drawing board.
Overall, this example is a knockout. It would be a lot of fun to drive and whoever gets it will have a car worth holding on to.
1962 Plymouth Valiant on eBay
UPDATE: After writing this, I took a quick run down into the HorsePowerSports research library and grabbed an early Hot Rod Magazine, August 1963 to be exact, and the cover car is their XR6 roadster project. The 6 in XR6 refers to number of cylinders and the engine they designed the car around is none other than the slant 6 just like the one you can see above in the Valiant. Not every early custom car or hot rod was built around V8s!