Inside the CH had huge amounts of sound proofing, carpet, cloth
trim and a "split bench" front seat , with fold-down armrests
for driver and front passenger, which could flipped up into the
seats to accommodate a sixth passenger front-centre. And of course
these seats had to flip forward to allow rear passengers to enter.
To my knowledge the "flip forward" split bench was only
ever used in the CH Hardtop, which makes them pretty rare seats.
The CH cars also had foot well lights and aircraft-style reading
lights for the rear passengers.
There were 2 engines available in the CH Hardtop - the locally
developed 265ci 6 cylinder or the new 360ci V8. The 360 had a small
2-barrel carburettor and a small cam, which provided great low-end
torque for hauling the car off the line, but ran out of breath higher
up the rev range. The price was $4895 for the 6 cylinder or $5095
for the V8.
The Hardtops were not a great success. Later that year Chrysler
Australia released their Charger, which was a huge hit. Sales of
the Hardtops went downhill fast. Only 500 Chrysler Hardtops were
built, and to my knowledge they were all CH models. The Valiant
Hardtop survived (briefly) into the next model range, the VJ, but
still only achieved total sales of some 2000 units.
Today they are rarely seen, since they still hold less appeal for
most people than the Charger, and many examples have ended up on
the scrap heap. However their value as collector's items has risen
slowly over the years, and the remaining examples are now more likely
to find themselves in the hands of an enthusiast then at the wrecking
Thanks to Sheridan
Butt for letting me use the pictures of his VH and VJ hardtops.