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1971 Chrysler by Chrysler Hardtop [CH]

1971 Chrysler by Chrysler [CH] in Mad Max 2, Movie, 1981 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: AU

1971 Chrysler by Chrysler Hardtop [CH]

Position 00:31:15 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle

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antp BE

2004-12-03 23:33

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00-31-15

spoon AU

2006-05-20 13:07

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judging by the front of the car and the seats it is a chrysler by chrysler coupe not a charger these vehicles were the upmarket versions of the humble valiants an aussie mopar head could probably tell you the model i think its ch model

Fink AU

2006-06-27 15:36

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Spoon is correct, it's definitely the CH Coupe.

The coupes are a much longer wheelbase and overall length than the (quite stubby) Charger, and loaded up with luxury options being a town-car/limo type of model. Those big square power seats are from the coupe.

Also the coupe had a Dodge-like bumper that encircled the grille. The one shown here has a section cut out of the top to allow for the (what looks like) Pontiac grille & hood. The standard grille has horizontal bars and quad 5" diameter headlights. The area where the gunner stands looks to be cut out along the trailing roof crease where it slopes down into the rear deck. All four windows roll down in the coupe whereas the charger rear passenger windows are either fixed on hinged due to the rear wheel wells being too far forward.

valiant1962 AU

2006-07-14 05:09

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Correct make is Chrysler, model is Chrysler by Chrysler coupe

antp BE

2006-07-14 11:57

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valiant1962 wrote Correct make is Chrysler, model is Chrysler by Chrysler coupe

Chrysler by Chrysler? :think:

valiant1962 AU

2006-07-15 00:00

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Believe it or not that is what they were called. They were the top line model in the Valiant range and Chrysler Australia policy was to distinguish them from ordinary Valiants there was no reference to Valiant on the so they called them Chrysler by Chrysler. See http://www.chargerclubofwa.asn.au/MembersCars/CxC.htm
Previous top line mdels in the Valiant range were called VIPs

philr CA

2006-08-03 09:15

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It looks like it's been fitted with some '66 Pontiac trim (grille and hood emblem).

bigguy1960 US

2006-09-18 21:47

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Hood and grille are positively 1966 Pontiac full-size (Bonneville, Catalina, Executive).

rjluna2 US

2011-05-08 03:45

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[Image: ch_0_50_40.jpg]

mr. technicality US

2011-08-26 01:13

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I just do not think this thing is any kind of chrysler. The grill work looks to much like pontiacs handy work and that hood emblem looks way to comfortable there. Kinda like it belongs :??:

CXC_Hardtop AU

2012-03-25 07:35

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Not to be too much of a technical killjoy, the car is actually a Chrysler by Chrysler CH Hardtop, not the coupe, the 'coupe' is actually the Charger according to Chrysler Australia's parts manual.
The one in the picture, fitted with a Pontiac bonnet (hood) and grille section, and that awful rear bumper off something, has too much CH equipment to be a upped version of the VH or VJ hardtops. Specifically, the seats are CH, the front guard spear repeater lamps and chrome trim are CH, look closely and you will see where the Chrysler by Chrysler front bumper has been cut at the top to allow the fitment of the Ponty bonnet. The rear gunner is sitting on a inserted panel in the boot (trunk) area and the rear window sill panels have been removed. Last but not least the CH Hardtop has a smaller rear window than does the VH or VJ series Hardtops. you can clearly see the width of the rear of the sail pillars, they are much wider than that of a VH or VJ hardtop.

The car was chosen for a gag later in the film where it was intended to jump over the defensive pit around the depot, but the weight of the 360 was overlooked when the speed required was determined and the car nose dived very quickly due to not having gained enough speed on the loose dirt, but they kept the footage in the finished film.
I do not know what became of the car after the film, but as it was one of only 476 CH Chrysler by Chrysler Hardtops ever built, i hope someone has it in a shed under restoration. If not, then the footage is a fitting tribute. Warm regards to all.

-- Last edit: 2013-12-30 11:14:25

rjluna2 US

2012-03-25 22:04

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You are quite correct, CXC_Hardtop. You can see what the stunt went wrong at Link to "www.madmaxmovies.com" :)

mercury man 01 US

2013-06-15 14:42

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another angle Link to "www.madmaxmovies.com"

72 Hardtop AU

2013-07-20 09:16

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As the proud owner of a 1972 Chrysler by Chrysler CH series Hardtop ( # 275 of less than 500 made ) I can assure all of you that it is not a CxC Hardtop nor is it a V series Hardtop ( about 1500 made ).
The CH series has a wrap around bumper with dual exposed headlights and the seats whilst separate abut each other making the front a 3 seater and the car a 6 seater overall.
It is quite clearly a Pontiac as evidenced by the Pontiac bonnet emblem.

Nik Valiant Sydney AU

2013-08-03 00:53

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This is one of many customized car for the Mad Max Movies yes the grilles and bonnet emblems are from another car.Remember Customized for the movie so it can look different Even the XC Ford gets a great custom look which now in Australia Becomes an icon and i would say now world wide Cheers.

-- Last edit: 2013-08-03 00:58:34

Nik Valiant Sydney AU

2013-08-03 01:07

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72 Hardtop Man Have a closer look Mate it is a customized CH Hardtop Chrysler By Chrysler. The front has been customized, and yes the custom guys used another cars grille and some custom fiberglass front just like the Mad Max Car .Don't have time to look at what car the grille could be from. But yes this is Chrysler by Chrysler Coupe. Cheers

CXC_Hardtop AU

2013-08-22 16:27

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Greetings to all,
Hi 72 Hardtop, check out a larger image of the rear of the car here: http://s902.photobucket.com/user/rjluna2/media/madmax2/ch_0_50_40.jpg.html
Or click the link in Mercury Man's post above
You will recognize where the smaller rear window fits even though the boot is missing. The taillights are a dead give away too. The car has been customed up with a Pontiac bonnet and grill and a bunch of other items, but if you look past the adornment you will recognize that beautiful big backside of the CxC Hardtop
Much as it pains me to see a Hardie chopped up, even for a film, it is definetly a 1971 CxC Hardtop.

399 CH Hardtops were built 71-72 as V8's and 77 CH Hardtops were built 71-72 as 6 cyls.
Total production of the CH Hardtop was 476 units. The fact you have number 275 puts you in a very exclusive group, especially today.

I can't quite remember the exact number, but, I think it was around 985 VH Hardtops and 1094 VJ Hardtops were produced 71 -74/5 If I can find the exact number in my files I'll post it :)

Update: Found it!
Only 910 VH Valiant Hardtops were produced. The VJ Valiant Hardtop only achieved total sales of some 1060 units.

Where is the one from the film today?
I have been told that the car, though half trashed in the film, is in private hands on a property not too far from the films location but the owner wishes to remain private and anonymous.
Cheers to all.

-- Last edit: 2013-12-30 11:15:02

CXC_Hardtop AU

2013-09-05 16:13

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For those interested in seeing other Chrysler by Chrysler CH Hardtops check out the facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChryslerChHardtopRegister

Cheers to all.

rjluna2 US

2013-09-05 17:28

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@CXC_Hardtop: :hello: Here is the information on Chrysler by Chrysler article that you can find at Collectible Automobile Sources at the IMCDb Forum :)

1lx304 AU

2013-09-07 04:49

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The car is not dead, its still out near film location in a farmers paddock with the front smashed and without motor/box diff

jpts AU

2015-05-22 13:25

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It looks like it was converted to a ute.

-- Last edit: 2015-05-23 11:47:25

rjluna2 US

2015-05-22 13:44

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Yes, with the rear window removed, boot removed and the metal between the rear window and boot has been cut.

-- Last edit: 2015-05-22 14:31:12

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