1969-74 South African Chrysler 383

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  1. Walter Joy

    Walter Joy Member

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    As many know, I run a page on Facebook with @71Polara383 called "1970-1971 Dodge Polaras and Monacos", and in doing so I scour many Facebook groups looking for previous and current owners and their cars. However, through this, I have discovered something that I doubt many know- the 1969-74 Chrysler 383 from South Africa.

    The 1969-73 Chrysler 383 is based on the North American 1969-71 Dodge Monaco, with 1972 to early 1974 model years continuing the 1971 styling. All cars were right hand drive (RHD) and had the same drivetrain- 383 2bbl, A727 automatic, single exhaust, and 8 3/4 rear end with 2.76 rear gears (narrow-width from 1967-68 Monacos for 69-71, then wide width for 72-74). All cars were 4 door sedans with vinyl tops. Color options were as followed: white with black top, black with white top, brown with beige top, and dark blue with black top. Interior colors were just as dismal- black, white, or brown. All cars received power windows and vacuum operated trunk release, yet the remainder of options were pick and choose (air conditioning was a rare option and could not be ordered with power seats or rear defroster). 1969 and 1970 cars had vent windows and 11 inch front drum brakes, while 1971-74 cars had disc front brakes. All 1969-74 cars utilized the Australian Dodge Phoenix dashboard, which is basically a mirrored image version of 1971 and up dashboards with column shift. 1974 was the last year for the Chrysler 383, with only about 90 cars being sold.

    All this information has come from two residents of South Africa who own these cars, and if anyone happens to have anymore information, I would love for it to be shared.
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    Arno Pieterese's 1969 Chrysler 383
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    Arno Pieterese's 1969 with a 1970 in the back ground
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    Vincent Chetty's 1973 Chrysler 383
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    1972 Chrysler 383
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  2. Walter Joy

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    Here's an Allpar link to some more information:
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    “The Chrysler 383 started around 1970; it was a rebadged Dodge Polara (or Monaco). The hubcaps appear to be those used on Newports of the same time period, as does the "Chrysler" script on the C-pillar. The "CHRYSLER" block lettering on the hood appears to be that used on the hood of the domestic 1966 Chryslers.”
    Chrysler of South Africa: building and selling Valiants, Jeeps, and Dodges
     
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  3. 71Polara383

    71Polara383 Kid with ballcap FCBO Gold Member

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    Must. Have. One. Imported.

    Wait...the plan... UGH THE PLAN RUINS EVERYTHING!
     
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    3C's & a D? Well-Known Member

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    And be one of those weirdos that drives on the "wrong" side? I expect it half of the time in my town, when it's a Subaru or Nissan. Seeing someone driving an apparently classic American car on the right side would be very confusing. Those are neat car's! The block script on the trunk looks odd, I wonder why they didn't use an existing name plate?
     
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    71Polara383 Kid with ballcap FCBO Gold Member

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    Yep. I'm a weirdo so it would be great. Plus I'd get a better view of the haters when I blow their doors off.
     
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  6. FK3 Sport Fury

    FK3 Sport Fury Hoser in a toque

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    Never knew such a thing existed before now,thanks for posting.
    I've seen pictures of a couple Aussie Valiants that were brought into North America and they look kinda weird (but cool) but these are on a whole different level.
     
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  7. Walter Joy

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    I’ve seen a few of the Australian Mopars first hand and liked them. These are another type of different. Maybe South Africa has a hoard of parts