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Plymouth Fury Evolution

Plymouth Fury actually came into being in 1958 as an option package for the Belvedere and became its own model in 1959 with the introduction of the Sport Fury. It was the top model for that one year and was available as a convertible and a two door hard top. The Sport Fury was dropped at the end of 1959 but came back to the showrooms in 1962 with the two models; a hard top and a convertible.

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Chrysler made a move back to full size cars in 1965 the Fury I, Fury II, and Fury III with the one as the entry level and three was the top Fury model. Both the Fury III and the Sport Fury came with all the bells and whistles to keep you comfortable while getting you where you wanted to go quickly. The Sport model had automatic transmission, power steering, white wall tires with full wheel covers, stereo radio, vinyl top, and air conditioning. A lot of the chrome was gone from previous years and now the Fury sports four stacked headlights. The Sport model came with 119 inch wheel base and is powered by a 426 cu in V8 rated at 365 hp – the “Street Wedge” as it was called; was legal and street ready. From 1966 and for the following three years the Sport Fury came with heavy weight carpet, luxurious upholstery, sound insulation, full courtesy lighting, walnut wood grain dash, and door panels. The optional VIP Sport had automatic transmission, power windows, power seats, and air conditioning.

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The whole Chrysler line up had a body change in 1969 to a rounder “fuselage body style. The Sport Fury had a full range of body styles – convertible, two door coupe, four door sedan, four door hard top, and a station wagon. The Sport Fury GT option package had a little more chrome than the other models and under the hood a 440 cu in (7.2 L) V8 engine which could be ordered with “six barrel carburetion” consisting of three two barrel carbs. IN 1971 the Fury Brougham with a few new options became available including: split bench seats with passenger recliner, electric sun roof, tape player with recorder and microphone included.

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In 1972 with a large twin loop bumper design was added and hidden headlights were standard equipment on the Sport, Fury Grand, and Grand Sedan. For 1973 the Fury got a new grill, with new style head lights, and a new bumper capable of absorbing a 5 mph (8 km) collision. From 1969 on the engine on the Fury is a 318 cu in as basic with a 318 cu in basic on the Sport Fury connected to a three speed standard or an optional Torque flight transmission.

The body lines changed in 1974 and all the Fury line started to get straighter lines; the cars are sitting a little closer to the ground with a lot more glass around the passenger compartment. The Chrysler uniframe design with the lower sub-frame to hold the engine and transmission is retained as well as the torsion bar front suspension and the rear multiple leaf springs. The basic engine is a 360 cu in V8 with a two barrel on the sedans and the coupes or as an option 400 cu in with a two barrel; if you wanted more the 400 engine could have been ordered with a four barrel. All the Fury line up came with the TorqueFlite automatic transmission, power steering, and power disk brakes in front. The new luxury options for 1974 included cruise control, digital clock, and automatic temperature control, and LED instrument monitors. The split bench seat comes with armrests for driver and passenger in front plus much more.


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