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    austrailian Mopars?

    where can I learn more about the Australian Mopars?

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    Type in "Chrysler Australia History" and start reading, there are a few websites with varying information, too many to list here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wollfen View Post
    Type in "Chrysler Australia History" and start reading, there are a few websites with varying information, too many to list here.
    Oops i meant to say, type it into a search engine.

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    001, If you're thinking about importing one of those 265 HP 6 cylinder Hemi'z you should know up front that the only piece in the entire engine that will interchange with anything sold on this side of the planet is the cam bearing from ah 318. Everything else will have to be imported from OZ. Ain't that ah kick in the stonez?

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    If you're looking for an Aussie C-body, those were right hand drive Plymouth Fury 4 door sedans and 4 door hardtops badged as a Dodge Phoenix.
    What information are you looking for? We had a thread here a while back on South African Mopars when a member posted pics of his right hand drive South African 69 Chrysler, which was a rebadged 69 Dodge Monaco.
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    In countries outside the US and Canada, where Chrysler built and/or assembled cars, few convertibles were available from the factory. In Australia, local fabricators converted production Dodge Phoenix hardtops, and Australian Valiant hardtops into convertibles. Thats why we occassionally see photos from down-under of 4 door 68-70 C-body convertibles. The 69 Dart 2 door hardtop body (from the cowl back) was used for a couple years in Australia to give Chrysler a 2 door model to offer. Local coachbuilders also made a local convertible version of that A-body as well. The same was done in other countries. While Chrysler made A-body 2 door hardtops in Brazil and Argentina, they didn't make convertibles, so local coachbuilders cut the roofs off hardtops and designed and built their own convertible tops. In the mid 60's in Mexico, A-body convertibles were made, but B-body convertibles were not. In that country, Mexican built 2 door hardtop 66 & 67 Coronets were transformed into convertibles by local coach builders. Usually, these non-factory convertibles looked home made with the tops up, and with the tops down, rear vision was just about completely eliminated (unless the entire convertible top assembly was completely removable).

    There were alot of cool and unique Mopars built around the world. In addition to the Aussie Chargers, my favorites include the Australian and South African Valiant wagons and Utes, the mid 70's Brazilian Chargers (based on the 69 Dart but with a 69 Charger inspired grille), the Argentinian Dodge GTX which was an A-body that looked like a 69 Road Runner's little brother, the Mexican 67-69 Valiant 2 door hardtops (a body style not offered here), and the Mexican 67 Coronets which came from the factory with the Charger's hidden headlight grille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGBARNEYCARS View Post
    001, If you're thinking about importing one of those 265 HP 6 cylinder Hemi'z you should know up front that the only piece in the entire engine that will interchange with anything sold on this side of the planet is the cam bearing from ah 318. Everything else will have to be imported from OZ. Ain't that ah kick in the stonez?
    On the other hand, if you just like the Aussie Chargers, keep in mind that some were built with 318s and 340's. The Hemi six out-performed the 340 versions (very few were made with the 340). They may not be as desirable as the Hemi six versions, but would be alot easier to find parts for in this part of the world. I actually have wondered if there might be parts sources in the UK for the Aussie Hemi six. The Aussie cars were assembled and sold in small quantities by Chrysler in the UK through Chrysler's Rootes Group (maker of Sunbeam and Hillman cars).
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