It’s been a strange week around BangShift Mid-West, with a strong focus on six-cylinder vehicles that didn’t come from the U.S.A. I’m not complaining at all about it, though…in fact, it’s been nice to expand my experiences and to drive what I’d never believe I’d ever wheel around. I’m appreciative of a good inline six, but to be honest, most of my involvement with them has absolutely jack-squat to do with performance. In my history, sixes are workhorses, be it the Ford 300, the Slant Six or the Chevy 250. Can they run? Yeah, but not like what I’ve got picked out for you here.
You probably know the Chrysler Valiant Charger E49, the 302 horsepower “Hemi 6-Pack” homologation hot rod from Chrysler Australia. This isn’t quite that car, and your first hint is the grille: the VH Charger sported rectangular headlights. The VJ Charger, pictured here, has two huge round bulbs up front, but overall it’s the same Valiant Charger two-door shape, and under the hood is a 265ci six with triple Weber carburetors that we are willing to bet is making much more than what the brochure claimed. Even if it is stock, though, it’s a runner, and listening to John Ravic wind this thing out as co-driver Tony Balazsi hangs on makes me pine for a chance behind the wheel of one of these beauties!