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"Hey Charger III" Third Edition Book (written by Gavin Farmer & Gary Bridger)

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This is the third edition of the book–hence the title Hey Charger III – with new material added into the engine chapter plus many new photographs.  This 50th Anniversary edition of the book is specially dedicated to the late Gary Bridger who sadly passed away in December 2019.  There is a special section with images of his immaculately restored E49 Charger as a tribute to him.

Chrysler enthusiasts will delight in this comprehensive book on the Australian Chrysler Valiant Chargers.
The book is the result of more ant two years of joint effort between Adelaide based motoring writer Gavin Farmer and New Zealand Charger enthusiast Gary Bridger.

Packed with around 70,000 words and 200 fabulous black and white and colour photos, including previously unpublished photos of the original designs by Bob Hubbach, the clay model and even some concepts that never made it to production.

Hey Charger contains all the information a Chrysler enthusiast could ever need to know: A complete history from concept to production; competition record; technical specifications for all models; production numbers; decoding the ID tags and engine numbers; option, paint and trim codes; R/T and six pack model description are just some of the details that are included within the pages of this book.

Also included are two chapters devoted to the Charger's New Zealand assembly and competition record where they remain the most successful production racecar in New Zealand's history.

Hey Charger has the blessing of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation who have officially approved the use of their carefully guarded trademarks in this book - a first for any book written on the Australian Chryslers.

Just what is covered in this book? Take a look at the chapters and headlines below.

  • Part One: Development
    • Chrysler's early years
    • Sporting Valiants
    • Enter the Pacer
    • Charger: in through the back door
    • Bob Hubbach
    • Australia's best six-cylinder engine
    • The fabled Hemi Six Pack
    • Testing testing testing
    • Leo Geoghegan tribute
  • Part Two: The Charger years
    • In the market place
    • The fabulous Charger R/Ts
    • Chrysler Valiant Charger vs. Ford Falcon GHTO
    • Chrysler's E55: the 340 V8 controversy
    • Charger meets the press
    • The police Chargers
    • The Kiwi Chargers
    • Exporting Chargers
    • Life goes on
    • The rise, fall and rise of the Chrysler Valiant Charger
    • Model Chargers
  • Part Three: Racing Chargers
    • Chargers on the Australian racetracks
    • Kiwi racing success
    • But Chargers don't handle well, right?
    • Postscript
    • So you want to buy a Charger?
  • Appendices
    • Summary of Pacer options
    • Chrysler Valiant Charger specifications
    • Those quarter vents
    • R/T and Six Pack Charger description
    • Decoding compliance plate, engine number and option codes
    • Option codes - complete list
    • Charger production numbers


My congratulations to Gavin Farmer and Gary Bridger, who have worked together to produce a masterpiece. I'm eagerly anticipating the day I'll have a copy of my own. Hey, Charger!
Bob Hubbach, principal exterior styling designer for the Chrysler Valiant Charger

"Gavin Farmer and Gary Bridger have not only maintained the high standard of the original, but have updated and enhanced it by including recently discovered material from the 60s and 70s, as well as exciting news of recent developments."
Bob Burke, former senior engineer Chrysler Australia Ltd

With its meticulous research, cogent interviews, detailed appendices and references, rare models, many colour plates and a wealth of detail, no Chrysler, Valiant Charger or NZ racing fan should miss this one - it's the last word.
Mark Webster - NZ Classic Car magazine - book of the month

A landmark publication about an important Australian vehicle and definitely our book of the month.
Patrick Quinn - Australian Classic Car magazine - book of the month

There are heaps of rare images to drool over, including shots of the short wheelbase Ute used for testing at the start of the development program. One of the most interesting and readable books on Australian muscle cars we've come across in ages.
Australian Street Machine magazine with five thumbs up!

TitleHey Charger III: The Sensational Australian Chrysler Valiant Chargers
AuthorGavin Farmer & Gary Bridger
PublisherIlinga Books
Length248 pages

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