It’s been 50 years since the 1969 Chrysler Valiant Pacer made its way onto the streets of Australia, so the brand’s Aussie arm has revealed a build to celebrate the anniversary.
The Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute car is not only wrapped in a revival of the original ‘Wild Yellow’ paint colour which the original car was known for (red and blue were also options), but the 300 features some design cues borrowed from the ’69 Pacer.
Instead of the ‘Pacer 225’ decals which signified the Valiant’s 225ci slant-six (a 3.7-litre straight-six leaning to the side and making 130kW), the 300 SRT features ‘Pacer 392’ decals on front quarter panels and rear boot lid to represent the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 pumping out 350kW under its bonnet.
Black side stripes and red accents on both front splitter and boot lid also replicate design elements from the original pacer, which features a red stripe through its grille. The 300’s black 20-inch alloys also have a red stripe around the edge mimicking the Pacer’s wheels.
The 1969 Pacer was built in Chrysler’s Adelaide factory exclusively for the Australian market, making it one of the icons of the era still remembered (and sometimes owned) by enthusiasts today.
If the 300 SRT Pacer tribute seems like the kind of mix between new and old you’d like to own, there’s good news. Chrysler Australia has announced that it will produce 50 examples of the 300 SRT Pacer priced at $69,950, an extra $4000 compared to the Core on which it based and $5000 less than the fully-loaded SRT.
Each example will include 'Pacer 392' exterior badging, black and ride side stripes, front and rear decals, special edition interior badging and a individually number build plate. Three colours are available: Bright White, Gloss Black and Ceramic Grey, the super cool pale yellow sadly limited to the concept.