Cactus.

I fucking LOVE Valiant cars!

Found this one in Yarraville, Melbourne.

CACTUS2

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75 responses

  1. Based on your first sentence, I think you need to tell us how you REALLY feel about these cars. No holding back.

    πŸ˜‰

    …and here I thought I was the only one who swore like a drunken sailor on my blog. Nice to meet like-minded company!

    Fun pictures — great car.

    January 7, 2012 at 4:56 am

  2. Carlie Chew

    Gorgeous!

    January 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

  3. Rae

    I fucking love that car too.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:14 am

  4. Jim

    And all of us car nuts in the United States are marveling over the Chrysler badge on this Valiant. They were their own marque their first year, and Plymouths ever after, here.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

  5. The bugger’s in pretty good shape. great find and photos!

    January 7, 2012 at 5:19 am

  6. Wow, talk about ancient. Great car! Great find.

    val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

    January 7, 2012 at 5:28 am

  7. jodinesplace

    I learned how to drive in ’72 Newport, I was only 4′ 11″ at the time. I couldn’t reach the pedals or see over the dash without a little boost.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

  8. Great shots! Check out moparmarket.com for tons of Aussie Valiants and Chryslers for sale. Pics galore.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:51 am

  9. Wow. It’s a wagon. I’m impressed. Slant 4?

    January 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

    • Big slant 6 usually

      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

  10. LOL! Cool car and great nuber plate… wonder if it’s because it no longer goes? Congrats on being FP!

    January 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

  11. I remember these Valiant Wagons fondly. I can hear the sound of the the smooth motor and the slight whine of the Torquflite. The next model with the Cathedral Window shaped rear lights was, and is still, my favourite. I seem to remember a particularly fun night in a V8 sedan of your model, but modesty forbids!

    January 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

  12. Fiona.q

    i love the feeling you create in this car and photo πŸ˜‰

    January 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

  13. Angelene @Languages Of Art

    I am in love.

    January 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  14. I meant to ask, what template have you used for your blog? Or is it custom?

    January 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • I used Minimatica for my photoblog. If you’re looking for a good theme to showcase your photos it’s awesome.

      January 8, 2012 at 3:18 am

    • This template is ‘Modularity Lite’ – peace !

      January 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  15. Wow, great colors, love the desaturated feel!

    January 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  16. Kewl.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  17. Old cars had more style.
    But I wonder if the people back then realized this already.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

  18. old is gold……………….
    http://www.omnibazar.com/

    January 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  19. Loved this post. I’m a huge car fan. Please check out my blog and articles too. Would appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    January 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  20. Love the car, but love the photos too. Nice angles, awesome colors! Good work

    January 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    • Hey thanks so much Sally, your photos are off the hook !

      January 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  21. your blog is so cool
    i love the black colour and the car

    January 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

  22. Wow, those photos took me back to the good old days. πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2012 at 12:55 am

  23. Was it really necessary to use the “F” word in you statement?

    January 8, 2012 at 1:22 am

    • Yeah I really was.

      Definitely didn’t mean to offend though.

      This blog is here to document my natural un-capped flow and isn’t here to be a censored G rated version of my life.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

  24. Hey, nice pics! You might like this post from my blog: http://thecarmaniac.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/graffiti/

    January 8, 2012 at 1:30 am

  25. An early 60’s Valiant Ute frequently appears at our local car shows in Denver, Colorado.

    I’d love to have one of these “Oz” Valiants! πŸ˜€

    January 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

  26. I love car πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2012 at 4:19 am

  27. I especially like the Valiant that became the Plymouth Swinger in 1969 here in the US.

    January 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

  28. calilx

    Wonderful photographs! That license plate is quite nice.

    January 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

  29. Fantastic. Looks like one from the AP6 series from the mid 1960’s. Very cool.

    January 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

  30. Yep I love Valiants too. The first car I drove on the road was a push-button autoVal. I even have the photo as proof. Lol. Check it out here: http://doogiesdiecast.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/first-drive-valiant-ap5/

    January 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

  31. Great pictures! Love the lights and the ..oh.. all of it!

    January 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

  32. nice shoot..
    HEAD SHOOT !!! hehe
    πŸ˜€

    January 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

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  34. What a beautiful piece of American workmanship!! And congrats on being freshly pressed!!

    http://seemy2012here.wordpress.com

    January 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

  35. WHAT A BEAUT. :}
    can’t wait to see some of the good ‘ol timers in Syd again. :]

    January 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  36. your pictures are so amazing!! so very beautiful.. thank you so much for sharing!! πŸ˜€

    January 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  37. batruna

    soooooooooooo fkn nice …. i looove it

    January 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  38. thoroughly impressive and elegant!
    nice name too!

    January 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  39. awesome, awesome, awesome!

    January 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  40. clayer

    Great blog and great photos! I invite you to follow me as I chronicle a wonderful year with opinion, conversation and photos!!

    http://www.aphotoaday2012.com

    January 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  41. Great photos! Thanks for sharing; all the best to you!

    January 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  42. Great shots.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  43. Very nice! A dream come true for car lovers! Great photos! Paul Quintero

    January 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

  44. nice photos.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

  45. I love old cars, this one is a beauty.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:02 am

  46. Joe Labriola

    Vintage. I’m jealous haha

    January 9, 2012 at 2:16 am

  47. Nothing like being fucking direct! Nice post.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:41 am

  48. I love your Outright no holding back comment on your car, do you live your life that freely? if so I truly eny you!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

  49. impressive article!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

  50. thanks so much everyone for checkin me out.

    I’m totally new to wordpress and its so good!

    lookin forward to future posts and seeing what y’all get up to.

    :- )

    January 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  51. Hahaha, great post, no beating around the bush here!

    January 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  52. It certainly has a lot of character! Cool share!

    January 10, 2012 at 2:12 am

  53. Sweet shots, great car. Did you use a filter? Looks great dude

    January 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

    • Hey EllMac,

      i shot these digital (which i try stay away from on this blog) and in photoshop i manually colour graded them and then added grain.

      i try to keep to a 3-5 minute time limit when editing so they don’t stray too far from reality.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  54. Nice shots! You should see Malta. So many cars there are vintage, and they all seem to have reg plates that form names (BUB, ALF, DON, OLD, etc). It is most enjoyable to the easily pleased.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:06 am

  55. aah! The good old days. Great pics

    January 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

  56. Great car, great images. Classic Suburban Australia.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

  57. I’m not a car person, but I love Yarraville and this photo encapsulates the old-school vibe of the area. Love it!

    January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

  58. Nice car with its long history, yes, history.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  59. ghostswrit

    Awesome Mate

    January 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  60. Well, you’d f’ing hate it if you’d had to drive it! πŸ˜‰ I did, the 1965 N.A. version anyway. 225 cu.in. slant 6. Bulletproof engine, which meant you kept driving the thing long after you wanted to. Some sort of torsion rod front suspension that…. wallowed…. around corners with significant understeer. Drum brakes too small for the car (I almost broke the seat off the floor trying to get stopped coming down a long hill on a cold winter day). And the front rims flexed, causing a peculiar tick/ping sound from the front hubcaps that announced your arrival.

    On the positive side… when the bottom end bearings started to wear around 200,000 km, the engine made mechanical sounds like a 911 Porsche. At least when you revved it further than you should have!

    Thanks for the recollections! πŸ˜‰

    January 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

  61. Sexy car πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2012 at 3:02 am

  62. good photos!

    January 11, 2012 at 4:50 am

  63. JL

    This reminds me of my suburban hometown…

    January 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  64. Beautiful despite of the age. πŸ˜‰

    January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  65. you’re all f-ing awesome πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

  66. Nice car.

    January 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

  67. wow, she’s gorgeous!

    January 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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