“El Acapulco rock
El Acapulco rock
Everybody is dancing
El Acapulco rock
U, i, u, i, u, i
Acapulco is here
Here they dance the plague
But the Acapulco
It’s pure heart “…
Yes definitely, you may not know this song that was once made famous Los Hooligans, one of the pioneering rock groups in our country. I recommend you go to any streaming music platform and play it with the sole purpose of creating the right environment to start this story, donde Acapulco, rock and roll, and motors, will be protagonists.
In universal history, the 1960s will be remembered as the time of rebellion. This was reflected in different areas of life, such as music, clothing (the mini skirt appears) and of course the cars. Not for nothing, at this time is when rock and roll becomes popular or muscle cars enter the scene becoming symbols of disobedience.
In Mexico, things weren’t much different. Since this trend was adapted here, but with the characteristics of our country. It is worth mentioning that at that time an important demographic change began when industry and cities came to replace rural life.
Of course, en that time, if you were a rebellious young man who dressed in the style of Cesar Costa, you had to give yourself your obligatory escape to Acapulco, the tourist destination par excellence, not only in Mexico but internationally. Just relax for a few seconds and imagine the following:
It is dusk and the sun begins to reflect a majestic orange color on the Acapulco sea, the climate, although warm, begins to cool. You breathe pure air, the sighs do not wait. This wonderful moment is shared with your girlfriend. His clothes not only stand out for their freshness, but also for the contrast of the white background with some curious flowers of fluorescent colors. She looks gorgeous with the air playing with her hair. On the radio, the Acapulco Rock plays, and yes, the car, in which they travel, is the fabulous Valiant Acapulco Convertible, the fashionable car that everyone admires and wants. You brake slightly, and you back up to attack a curve, the roar of the engine is comforting. Everything is perfect and will remain forever in your memory …
Valiat Acapulco, the sexiest rocker in Mexico
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Since 1938, Chrysler had been represented in Mexico by Factories Automex, a company that had its production plant on Calle de Lago Alberto, in Mexico City. More than a subsidiary, properly, it can be said that they were technology partners. This nature allowed the Mexican company to adapt some products to the tastes and needs of our market.
Without a doubt, one of the most illustrious chapters occurred in 1963, if the same year in which the International Olympic Committee designated Mexico City as the venue for the 1968 Olympic Games, when Automex decided to introduce a new generation of Valiant, a car that at that time was already well known and desired by previous models.
Let’s say that base variants like the four-door sedan or station wagon stood out for their efficiency and for being a logical purchase. But for the Hard Top and Convertible versions, much more playful, the name Acapulco was added. This in honor of the paradisiacal port, which, as we mentioned, was the world tourist destination par excellence. It even had its own distinctive logo.
However, the version that is worthy of note is the Hard Top, which was not only a Mexican version of the Plymouth V200 SignetAs it actually boasted some technical solutions that even surprised Americans.
For starters, the most notable features were in the vinyl hardtop, as well as the absence of center posts and no frame on the doors. The interesting thing is that this solution is not very well received from the other side of the Rio Bravo, arguing that the car could present a chassis prone to bending easily.
However, the Mexican engineers found a very interesting solution, since, in order not to lose structural rigidity, they moved all the reinforcements to the lower part of the vehicle. Something in simple theory, but one that required a lot of ingenuity.
The differentiating package was completed with the addition of Acapulco emblems both to the exterior (in the trunk) and in the cabin. Speaking of which, the interior was distinguished by sport bucket seats, Hurst four-speed floor shifter, AM radio, sports steering wheel, and in the case of the convertible, electric top control. Without a doubt, the image was very suggestive, and boy was it a lucrative car. You were the envy of everyone.
Regarding dynamic performance, the Valiant Acapulco barely delivered what it promised, as under the chest lay a Slant-6 225 cubic inch (3.7 liter) six-cylinder engine capable of producing 145 Hp. A power more than healthy in its time and that was enough for young people with a rock and roll spirit. Not for nothing, we saw him star in movies alongside César Costa, Alberto Vázquez and other period stars.
Probably, the only model that came to overshadow the reign of the Valiant Acapulco was the Ford Mustang, although in reality, this was more powerful and therefore expensive. So, he played in another league. In addition, Automex competed with the Barracuda, But that is another story.
The Valiant Acapulco continued to rock and roll until 1967, the year in which it was replaced by a new generation of the Valiant, although the glorious surname was lost in the process. Many years have passed, but this car continues to be fondly remembered by many Mexicans who lived the most glorious moments of their youth aboard this rebel with an Acapulco soul …old rockers never die!
El acapulco rock here
People there on the beach
Don’t stop dancing
They better go to the dance instead of bathing
Acapulco rock here … “