It was the year of the compact car for Detroit’s Big Three automakers. General Motors introduced the Corvair and Ford unveiled the Falcon. Chrysler’s entry was the Valiant, a car that would become a company staple for the next 17 years. Initially assembled by the Dodge division, but sold mainly through Plymouth dealers, the Valiant was an instant success. The Valiant came in two styles, the four-door sedan and a station wagon.