Sure, I know what you’re thinking, what’s so special about an early 60s Plymouth Valiant with a Slant Six? Well, to begin with, it brings back fond personal memories because I learned to drive in one, but wait, there’s more! It has to do with Pratt and Miller Engineering and a certain doctor who thought one of these little grocery getters, the exact same model you see here, would make a perfect platform for something very special, it had to do with a big Hemi engine, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The 225 Slant Six was a pretty sweet engine in its own right, popular with hot rodders and custom builders. It was built up for quarter mile duty, spruced up for custom car installations, nice engine all around. After writing elsewhere about one of these Valiants for sale, a comment from Australia mentioned how popular these were down under for years with quite a following in the motorhead community.
So what about Pratt and Miller Engineering? A few years ago, I was invited to Michigan for the unveiling of the Motus MST motorcycle. While wandering around the building before the event started, I spied this black Valiant sitting there with the hood up and tucked inside was a gorgeous Hemi looking just like it belonged there. The whole car had a great stance, just a perfect little resto-mod, would you expect anything less from Pratt and Miller?
Of course, this Valiant for sale on eBay is nothing like the P&M custom, but it is the exact same model they started with. The 225 Slant Six is the same engine widely used years ago for racing and custom work and the car itself is a model getting much harder to find for those of us who find them appealing. You could buy this and go any direction you wanted, it’s a very nice base for a restoration or a perfect beginning for a full on resto-mod or anywhere in between.
This will probably generate a lot of interest, so if you’re seeing the potential here, check it out before it gets away.