1962 Plymouth Valiant: 16K Original Miles


I don’t think I’ve ever realized how attractive these old Valiants can be – especially with 16,000 original miles! Listed here on eBay, this V-200 has been babied since new and it shows. I’m not sure how you make the decision to preserve a car that doesn’t have the cache of a Mustang or a Mercedes, unless it happens exactly as it did with this Valiant: the original owner passed away shortly after buying it, and then the car sat in storage for many years before it emerged as a low-mileage survivor that has been preserved ever since. The color combination makes it look like an orange creamsicle, which isn’t a bad thing in my book. Bidding is at $6,700 with the reserve unmet; how high should it go for what would otherwise be considered an ordinary car?


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  1. The Walrus

    Number 1 condition in OCPG for this is $9800. A Number 1 car (particularly a car that was originally budget minded) would typically be a restored car. Often an unrestored ‘pristine’ car brings more than Number 1 price if it is desirable. While a Valiant doesn’t usually light many peoples fire, being one of the last Exner designs coupled with being a 2-dr will draw some suitors (as opposed to the recent low mileage ’85 Buick). My guess is this will be well bought somewhere around $1 per mile travelled.

  2. Chris in Nashville

    I would love to own, although I would likely destroy it by driving it far too much.

    I would guestimate 12K ish as a fair price.

  3. Ed P

    There cannot be to many first generation Valiants around that look this good.

  4. Howard A Member

    Hope this car isn’t possessed. Seems the owners have a habit of passing away. Man, you’d be hard pressed to find a nicer original Valiant. ( although, who knows what lurks underneath a 50 year old car with low miles ) I had a ’63 and a ’64, and they were good cars, but always liked the 1st ones. I believe Valiant was the 1st to have an alternator standard. Remarkable find.

  5. JW454

    With the current trend to place unrealistic high value on a low mile car, I’d say this one will surpass 11~12K.

  6. Jason

    Personally, I don’t like the design, certainly not from the side as in the photo above. Looks like the designer wanted to make it look like a flying car.

  7. Steve

    “Hope this car isn’t possessed.” Well it is a Plymouth, and it does have Christine colors…

    These slant 6-powered road toads will last forever…if you are looking to ride out the apocalypse Forward Look style, this is your car.

  8. charlie Member

    When they first came out, I thought they were UGLY. But now, this looks good to me. Sort of like 60 year old women, when you are 75 some of them look good. I can’t ever remember seeing a 2 door, so these must have been very rare, the 4 doors were everywhere for a long time, the slant 6 was so good, I thought of transplanting one into my ’39 MG (which had a ’48 Hudson Super Six at that time), would weigh less, and more power, and parts easy to get. I would buy it and drive it to every car show within a day’s drive of home, if I didn’t already have too many cars.

    • Ed P

      Only 4 doors were built in 1960. 2 door models were added 1961

  9. Bentleyguy

    Sounds like too many former owners have croaked.. .. .. just sayin’ . . .

  10. MeToo

    If it only has 16k original miles, it has seen very little use. That makes me wonder why the ebay description says the carpets and headliner were replaced. In 16k miles you would hardly ruin either. Something fishy here.

    • The Walrus

      Not exactly. The nylons/vinyls used in both headliners and carpets tend to rot due to time, not wear. They probably didn’t look terrible, just well below the level of the rest of the car.

      • JW454

        Also, since it sat so much, it could have smelled from something besides fish.

  11. Charles

    I am not a Valiant kind of guy, but this is cool!

  12. John

    Weren’t the motors a different color?

    • Steve

      In 1962, slant 6 motors were red (as this one is). In later years they were painted either blue or black.

      • Howard A Member

        Hi Steve, I thought that too, however, according to “Mopar engine colors”, it showed a 1960 non-Valiant 170/225 as turquoise, although, I’ve only seen red ones (blue after 1970) I think the black motor may have been a truck motor. Doesn’t show it here. http://www.turbinecar.com/misc/enginecolor.htm

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