THIS weekend’s 22nd annual Chryslers on the Murray will be run in conjunction with the first Australian AMC-Rambler Show.
About 7000 people attended last year’s event and the addition of AMC-produced vehicles will further strengthen the appeal of the Gateway Lakes car show, which is the biggest annual gathering of Chryslers in the southern hemisphere.
Chryslers on the Murray will not only be helping celebrate 60 years of American Motors Corporation (AMC), but will be spotlighting the VH-VJ-VK Valiants (non-Charger).
Chrysler bought AMC in 1987 to acquire the Jeep brand.
It produced such cars as the Javelin, Hornet, AMX, Matador, American, Classic and Rebel and these cars have never had a show where they have been featured in Australia before.
While they are rare, 12,000 AMC vehicles were assembled in Port Melbourne from 1960 to 1978 by AMI (Australian Motor Industries), with considerable local content — up to 50 per cent in some cases.
They were sold in Albury- Wodonga by Albury Cars in Kiewa Street.
AMC vehicles, which will include an Australian assembled 1970 Javelin owned by a Jindera enthusiast and Australia’s only registered Gremlin from Sydney, will have their own display at the event separate from Chrysler products.
A number of new judging categories will be introduced this year.