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Launched for 1960 as a separate marque under the Chrysler Corporation umbrella, the new compact Valiant model line enjoyed strong sales as a trimmer and more economical alternative to the large mainstream automobiles of the era. With demand fueled by the oil-supply shocks of the 1956 Suez Crisis and a painful late-1950s economic pullback, the Valiant was rebranded a Plymouth model and joined by the Dodge Lancer for 1961.
Styling was refined for 1963 with a clean and sleek overall theme. The Signet was the top-of-the-line Valiant trim level and from 1964, it included bucket seats, simulated styled-wheel covers, specific bright trim accents, and sporty options including a simulated wood grain sport steering wheel and a floor-shifter for the automatic transmission. A four-speed manual transmission was first available for 1964 and it could be paired with either the Valiant ‘Slant-Six’ or Chrysler’s excellent and newly available 273-cu.in. V-8 engine, initially rated at 180 horsepower. A power convertible-top option made a great car even better. Buyers agreed, with over 227,000 Valiants built for ’64, the best sales year of all for the nameplate. However, despite respected production quality, built-in durability, and Chrysler’s renowned engineering, few of these excellent vehicles survive today. This 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet convertible is a wonderful exception.
This 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet convertible left Chrysler’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant when new with the Pentastar’s reliable, powerful, and economical ‘Slant Six’ engine powering it. Surviving convertibles from this model year are particularly scarce and its graceful styling cues and fine details continue to attract a cult-like following today. This vehicle is a prime example and perfect for cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with friends, right down its personalized license plate “OCCRSR,” short for “O.C. Cruiser.” This Valiant Signet’s combination of white paint, light to medium blue interior upholstery, and quality Navy Blue Stayfast cloth top definitely make it look right at home here in the upscale nautical setting of Newport Beach.
The crisply trimmed interior and power-operated Stayfast top are only two years old, as are the tires and custom 14-inch chrome wheels (versus the factory-stock 13-inch wheels), fitted with “smoothie” hubcaps, give the Valiant greater curb appeal with a better stance. While the paint finish does show some minor age-appropriate imperfections, you’ll still be proud to cruise anywhere in this very respectable and highly attractive daily driver, which also includes a rare original spotlight adjacent to the driver’s seat. Ready to drive, enjoy, and appreciate, this wonderful Valiant Signet convertible provides an outstanding entry point into the classic-car world and you will be sure to attract many admirers wherever it takes you!