1975 Plymouth Valiant
Eric Price, Altoona
âIám sure that many people remember their first car. Mine will be no exception! I got my 1975 Plymouth Valiant on my 16thbirthday. I am the fourth owner. Believe it or not, the first owner was a little old lady from the Huntington area who must have only driven it to church on Sundays, as it only has 20,000 miles. It has one of the most dependable engines that Chrysler ever built, the 225 ci (3.7L) Slant-6. Interest in better fuel economy grew rapidly in the mid-1970ás as a result of the oil embargo and energy crisis, so this was one of the first cars to include a âFuel Paceră system. When you gave the engine too much gas for the road and driving conditions, the driversá side top fender mounted blinker light would come on to warn you that you were driving uneconomically. Plymouth discontinued the Valiant line in 1976, replacing it with the less than successful Volare.
The very cool custom paint job and scheme were designed by Dick âThe Heartbreakeră Goodman and his son Rick of Altoona, who has customized all of our familiesá classic vehicles.
I am a member of the Blair County Antique Automobile Club and enjoy attending local car shows with my family, sharing our hobby with many people. Now I can bring my own classic without having to ride in the back seat.