AJ’s Car of the Day: 1963 Plymouth Fury 2-Door Hardtop

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1963 Plymouth Fury 2-Door Hardtop

Car: Plymouth Fury 2-Door Hardtop

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The Fury was produced by Plymouth from 1955 to 1989. It was introduced for the 1956 model year as a sub-series of the Plymouth Belvedere, becoming a separate series one level above the contemporary Belvedere for 1959. The Fury was a full-size car from 1959 to 1961, then a mid-size car from 1962 to 1964, again a full-size car from 1965 to 1974, and again a mid-size car from 1975 to 1978.

What made it famous: Chrysler had a new styling chief, Elwood Engel, just recruited from Ford, and his efforts produced nice, face-lifted 1963 cars that helped Plymouth reclaim fourth again. A conservative restyle graced the Plymouth Fury for 1963, with four headlights and vertical front fender lines. The top of the line at Plymouth was the Sport Fury, which returned from as a convertible and hardtop coupe with standard all-vinyl bucket-seat interior and huge performance potential. Unlike regular Fury’s, the Sport Fury’s had a standard V8 in the form of a mild 230-horsepower 318, a 265-bhp 361,a 383 ci 330 hp “Golden Commando,” and on to the newly enlarged 426 big-blocks packing up to 425 hp with the “ram induction.”

Why I would want one: I absolutely adore the style of this car.

Fun fact: The word “Fury” denotes a type of anger, inspired by the Furies, mythological creatures in Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman mythology.