This 1971 Plymouth Fury III hardtop is one of those rare finds that make you wonder where, exactly, it’s been hiding all these years. Beautifully preserved with ice cold A/C and just over 60,000 original miles, you’ll think it’s 1971 all over again. And before you scoff at a 1971 Fury being a show-quality survivor, remember that there was a time when nobody collected ‘Cudas, either. This car’s day is definitely coming.
While it seems like every third car built in the early ‘70s was brown, but this lovely code GF3 Amber Sherwood metallic Fury stands out with its remarkable factory paint job that’s not only shiny, but shows a distinct lack of road wear that you’d expect. The super straight bodywork (with an emphasis on straight) looks about a mile long thanks to the all-new “fuselage” styling that Chrysler introduced across the line in the early ‘70s. The car’s length is emphasized by the single band of trim running from stem to stern, and if you’re familiar with any of the cop shows from the early 1970s, you’ve surely seen the front end in hot pursuit. Options include the fender-mounted turn signals, bright wheel lip moldings, and a few items called the Light Package, Turnpike Package, and a color-matched vinyl roof that’s in excellent condition with no sign of rust underneath. In fact, rust is a total non-issue throughout this car.
Full-sized comfort was the name of the game, with an emphasis on the “full” part. The very cool two-tone bench seat with high seat backs that simulate buckets is in immaculate condition with virtually zero wear, a testament to the durability of the materials. The carpets, door panels, and even the color-matched floor mats appear to have skipped a few decades between 1971 and today. The back seat is just as nice and even as a two-door there’s plenty of stretch out room for rear-seat passengers who really do get first-class accommodations. All the controls are grouped in front of the driver with the big, rectangular speedometer showing bright markings and a crystal clear lens. The A/C blows ice cold thanks to a recent R134a refrigerant upgrade, making this big Plymouth an ideal long-distance cruiser. As you’d expect, the trunk is positively massive and features the original mat and a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
The original, numbers-matching 318 2-barrel V8 lives under the hood, which Chrysler rated at a fairly robust 230 horsepower. Reliable, smooth, and surprisingly thrifty for such a big car, it starts with that distinctive Chrysler starter sound and settles into a hushed idle that’s barely delectable. Corporate blue paint covers the engine itself and it still inhales through the original air cleaner. In fact, just about everything under the hood is original aside from the usual routine maintenance items which ensure that this car is reliable and safe. Heck, even the wire-style hose clamps are still in place! It’s backed by an A904 3-speed automatic and a highway-friendly rear end, again emphasizing the great road manners of these cars. Recent blackwall radials on the original wheels with hubcaps emphasizes the low-key nature of the Fury.
A cool survivor with documents like the original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet and absolutely no stories, this Fury will surely be a smart buy in the years to come. Call now!
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