1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet Hardtop
The Plymouth Valiant brought the Chrysler car company great success in the 1960s and 1970s. Chrysler intended for the Valiant to be part of the growing compact segment, and it sold well in the U.S. as well as in foreign markets. The 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet hardtop was one of the models in the second generation that ran from 1963 to 1966.
The 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet hardtop originated at the start of the second generation of Valiants with the 1963 Signet hardtop coupe. This little compact was sporty and stylish, and a major competitor for the Ford Falcon and Chevy Corvair. While the latter received only mild face lifts for 1963, Chrysler remade the Valiant and created the well-received Signet.
The second generation changes that led up to the 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet hardtop included a slightly shorter wheelbase and changes to the hood and rear deck that made the car appear even smaller than its predecessors. A new grille and headlights changed the front end look of the car. And of course, the high-end Signet trim level was a new option. A few modifications were made to create the 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet hardtop, but mostly it was the same, likeable, sporty car as the one introduced in 1963.
The 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet hardtop, and the other models in the Valiant line up were some of the most successful cars for Chrysler. Valiants were incredibly popular during their run from 1960 to 1975. They shared a significant part of the U.S. market, but were also big sellers in Canada and in other areas of the world like Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and much of Western Europe. The sporty performance, the compact size, and the simple, yet appealing styling all came together to help the Plymouth Valiant sell extremely well.