Plymouth Fury, Talk:Plymouth Fury
was an automobile made by the Plymouth
division of the Chrysler Corporation
. Introduced as a premium-priced halo model
(a production automobile designed to showcase the talents and resources of an automotive company, with the intent to draw consumers into their showrooms), the Fury was sold only as an off-white hardtop coupé
with gold anodized aluminum
trim in 1956
. A Fury convertible
was first offered in 1960
Plymouth introduced the Sport Fury
as its top model, and the Fury name was stepped down to replace the Plymouth Belvedere
at the top of the regular Plymouth line-up. In doing so, the Fury range now contained sedans and station wagons as well as a hardtop coupe and sedan, while the Sport Fury series had only a 2-door hardtop and convertible. The Fury remained Plymouth's bread and butter model through the troubled early 1960s
, when the full-sized Fury was saddled with odd styling and an intermediate (or mid-sized) platform.
The Sport Fury was dropped at the end of 1959, but was reintroduced in mid-1962. The 1962 to 1969 Sport Fury came as a hardtop coupe or convertible.
, Plymouth sales owed a great deal to the Fury's popularity. When Plymouth reintroduced a full-sized car in 1965
, the Fury was available in four trim levels, dubbed Fury I
, Fury II
, Fury III
and Sport Fury
, which were priced to meet Chevrolet's Biscayne
, Bel Air
and Impala SS
models, body style for body style.
The Fury I was marketed to police and taxi fleets, or sold to private customers wanting a basic, no-frills
full-sized car, while the Fury II and Fury III were the bread and butter lines. Many Sport Fury models (as well as Fury III models) came loaded with options such as automatic transmission
, power steering
, white sidewall tires (along with full wheel covers), stereo
radios, vinyl top
s and air conditioning
, a luxury version of the Fury, called the Plymouth VIP
(marketed as the Very Important Plymouth
in 1966) was fielded, in response to the Ford LTD
and Chevrolet Caprice
. These models came with standards such as full wheel covers, vinyl top
s, luxuriously upholstered interiors with walnut dashboard and door-panel trim, a thicker grade of carpeting, more sound insulation, full courtesy lighting, etc. In addition to options ordered for the Fury III and Sport Fury models, VIPs were often ordered with such items as automatic transmission
, air conditioning
, power windows
, and power seat
, the VIP was discontinued, and the Sport Fury range added a four-door hardtop sedan. The Sport Fury added two new hardtop coupes to retain some semblance of a sporty image: the S-23 and the GT. 1970-71 Sport Fury GT models were powered by a 440 in³ engine, whch could even be had with the "Six-Pack" option, which consisted of three two-barrel carburetors.
Gran Fury and the end of the Fury
, Chrysler moved the Fury nameplate to Plymouth's redesigned mid-size models that had previously been marketed as the Satellite
. A Fury Road Runner was offered on the redesigned coupe, but was moved to the Plymouth Volare
the following year. The full-sized Plymouth then became known as the Plymouth Gran Fury
. The Gran Fury was dropped after 1977
, and the mid-sized models were dropped after 1978
. There was no 1979
Fury, Gran or otherwise.
In 1980-81 a new Gran Fury was available, in what was a virtual twin of the concurrent Chrysler Newport
intended mainly for fleet sales. For 1982, Dodge Diplomat
was rebadged to create yet another Gran Fury. In reality, this was the Canadian-market Plymouth Caravelle
sedan which had been available since 1977. This version was available through the 1989 model year, and was sold mainly as a fleet vehicle, and was a popular choice as a police cruiser.
Stephen King's Christinethumb|275px|Arguably, the most famous Plymouth Fury in the world isn't actually a Fury. Plymouth Belvedere
. Both the color and the trim are wrong for a Fury.">[Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury, was played by a Plymouth Belvedere
. Both the color and the trim are wrong for a Fury.]
Although the 1958 Plymouth Fury is identified as the car in the film adaptation of Stephen King
, two other Plymouth models, the Belvedere
and the Savoy
, were also used to portray the malevolent automobile.
Several statements about the car in the book version were factually incorrect for the 1958 Fury, referring to features that were found on the Belvedere model and not on the Fury. Some of these include:
* "rear doors" (Christine is referred to as a four-door, but the Fury was only available in a two-door model until 1959)
* the transmission
(called a Hydramatic
in the book—a GM
transmission; Chrysler Corporation transmissions were called TorqueFlite
* "gearshift lever" (refers to the transmission shifter; all 1958 Chrysler automobiles with automatic transmissions used push-button drive).
Regardless, the author should be afforded a bit of creative license. He did note that Christine was 'a special order,' and one achieves nothing by nitpicking factual details in a horror novel
about a car possessed by a murderous spirit.
Another slight mistruth was shown in the film version of Christine - in the scene where Leigh Cabot chokes on a hamburger, Arnie is locked out of the car and can't help her. You see the door lock button go down by itself, yet these cars didn't have lock buttons, you rotated the opening handle counter-clockwise to lock them. A touch of artistic license there.
ResourcesThe Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975
, John Gunnell, Editor. Kraus Publications, 1987. ISBN 0-87341-096-3
*http://www.fuselage.de 1969 - 1973 Plymouth Fury at Fuselage.de site
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