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Welcome to the all new Holden Heaven
This site was first established in 1999
RT Charger
The Valiant 6 Pack really started with the 'R-Series' in the 60's, it was a 95 mph (152 km/h), 145 bhp six cylinder that was way ahead of the likes of the EK Holden that could only manage 80 mph. The price was $2490 which wasn't too much more than the $2260 for the EK.
They used a shortened VG ute as a test-bed for getting the wheelbase and handling sorted before they decided on the style.
October 1971 saw the birth of the Charger, the base model came with a 215ci hemi six cylinder with drum brakes and just the basics of instruments. The price was $2796 which compared to $3000 plus for a Kingswood or Fairmont was impressive.

The good selling 770 came standard with a 265ci hemi 3-speed auto, front discs, steel sports wheels, full instruments and a high level of luxury. It could cover the standing quarter mile in 16.8 seconds having only to change gear once, this was marginally slower than the 318ci V8 madel which took 16.5 seconds to cover this distance. The Charger was hindered by no power assisted brakes or a four-speed gearbox.

The front sway-bar helped the stability of the Charger which when pushed hard into a corner created mild understeer. In the wet or on dirt this would change from mild understeer to oversteer and if the rear hit a bump it would quickly turn into wild oversteer.

The motoring world was changing and in 1971 a safety law was passed that all vehicles must be supplied with a heater, (funny eh!), some things these days we take for granted.

One of the small problems, (pardon the pun) encountered with the Chargers was it's low seat and shorter people had to use a cushion to see properly.

If you are planning to buy a Charger then make sure you have the front-end checked as these wore quickly and in some cases even cracked the chassis.

The E38 cost $3975 which compared favourably against the Falcon GT at $4790.

The 1971 R/T E38 was a ballsy and tough six with triple twin throat webers giving it enough grunt to send it down the quarter mile strip in 14.8 seconds having to change gear just once.
No 4-speed here or power assisted discs to help the handling package.

The 1972 E49 was the greatest Charger and was built for one race in mind, the Bathurst Enduro.
It came with a 4-speed gearbox finally and could race over the quarter mile in a claimed 14.1 seconds which until recently was a record for a six cylinder, it could blow away the power-house Falcon GT phase III (351 V8).

Imagine reaching 100 mph faster than a Porshe and in fact you could count the cars on one hand that could out accelerate this Sixpack and one of them was the Ferrari, a slight differance in price.


VH - VJ Charger
Engine : 265 cid (4.34lt) in line 6 cylinder
Intake system: Carter 2 barrel
Max. Power: 203bhp @ 4800rpm
Max. Torque: 262 IL/ft @ 3000rpm
Transmission: 3-speed auto
Final Drive: 2.92:1 LSD
Brakes: Disc/drum

0-60mph in 9.0 seconds
Standing 1/4 mile in 17.0
Max. speed 115mph

710 Charger R/T E49
Engine : 265 cid (4.34lt) in line 6 cylinder
Intake system: 3 twin choke Webers
Max. Power: 302bhp @ 5600rpm
Max. Torque: 320 IL/ft @ 4100rpm
Transmission: 3-speed auto (Manual optional)
Final Drive: 3.50:1 LSD (3.23:1 opt.)
Brakes: Disc/finned drum

0-60mph in 6.1 seconds
Standing 1/4 mile in 14.4
Max. speed 132mph
Only 149 made!

E55 Charger

The Demise of the Sixpack was quick, mainly to the Supercar scare of 1972 which saw the Government step in because they were worried about young people getting their hands on powerful Supercars.  Near the end of the VH the series the sixpack was dropped and the top performance based Charger became a V8! 

Instead of a triple Weber revvy 4.3 litre with a 6500 rpm red-line they chose a lazy 340 ci V8 which they imported from the States. The E55 had slightly different interiors to the 770 so you could tell them apart! 

The 340 V8 still gave the Charger a respectable quarter/mile time at 15.6 seconds and could match the XA GT in top-end speed at 203 km/h which was down 8 km/h from the top speed of the E49.

The Face-lift VJ model saw another change but it was not noticeable externally, the crank on the 340 V8 (or was the 360 ci) was now cast iron instead of steel. The E55 ended up with a 360 ci V8 which they reduced the valves size and equipped it with the same camshaft as fitted to the lazy 318 ci which was often referred to as a truck motor. 

The day of the fast ballsy head rushing six cylinder revving it's head off at 6500 rpm were but a fading memory like the bank balance of Chrysler Australia.

These new 360 ci V8 Chargers could only manage 16.1 second quarter/mile times and could accelerate from 0-100mph in the same time the E49 could do 0-100 mph and come to a stop with enough time up your sleeve to light a fag!  25 seconds it took to reach the magical ton (100 mph). It was know just a matter of time for Chrysler Australia and even after the CL came out the company was in trouble.

 These pics show the varied prototypes which Chrysler looked at before they settled on the final design that was helped by the shortened VG Ute.