In NSW, on average we own our new cars for 8.4 years.
This is a story about a car that has been in the same family for 46 years.
One of the big three in the halcyon days of the Australian car industry was the Chrysler Valiant.
A friend of mine, George Wilson of Old Bar, has a VJ Valiant Regal that was purchased by his dad brand new in 1974 from Purnell Bros Bankstown (the sticker is still on the rear window).
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The VJ runs a 265ci six-cylinder motor putting out 151Kw (205bhp) and 355 Nm of torque.
The car drives the rear wheels via a three-speed Borg Warner Type 35 automatic gearbox.
Over the 46 years the car has travelled 215,000km (averaging at 4,674 kilometres per annum).
Fuel economy isn't a strong point with older cars, running at 23L/100km or 19mpg.
This is a very original and unmolested car.
George has the log books and workshop manual for the Val.
He can even let you have remade plates with the original rego, as per the owners manual.
This is such a rarity these days, virtually a one-owner car 46 years old.
George is looking for a good home for his old family member.
You can talk to him on 0484 275 070.
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