I photographed the CM-series Chrysler Valiant Ute you see below a couple of hours east of Melbourne, Australia.
I’m certainly not an expert on the Australian auto industry, but my impression after spending a little over three weeks there is that classic Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes are markedly more popular than the Valiant. I don’t know if this because Chrysler sold fewer cars, because the Valiant isn’t as sought-after by collectors, or both. I’m sure readers from Down Under will shed more information on this topic.
What I can say is this is the only Valiant Ute I saw on the trip. Utes are — as the name clearly implies — primarily utility vehicles, and this one has had a rough life. Virtually every single body panel is dented, scratched, or rusted. Living in a humid climate hasn’t helped its cause, though it’s fared better than some of the Italian cars I encountered in the same area. It’s still being used regularly so it must be in decent mechanical shape, especially considering the long distances cars typically drive in Australia.