Car of the Week 1958 Plymouth Fury Old Cars Weekly

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marked the third model for Plymouth’s top-of-the-line performance the Fury two-door hardtop. It was the of the then traditional gold-trimmed Beige speedsters to come out the rest of the lineup at the start of the year and the last to be a single with its status unquestioned.

The Fury and the totally redesigned offering took giant in establishing the Plymouth name in circles. Even though the manufacturers banded together in to cut back on racing and performance the ’58s were well in the plans and too late to change.

As a result, Plymouth had several go-fast options for 1958.

nomenclature gets a bit confusing, so is an explanation. The 225-hp/318-cid Fury V-8 was not on the Fury. Neither was the Fury V-8 Super-Pak, which had a four-barrel and other modifications for a rating of 250 hp.

up was the Dual Fury V-8, had a pair of four-barrels, 9.25:1 and a rating of 290 hp. This engine was on the Fury, as it was for 1957.

Optional on all Fury included, was Plymouth’s crack at the new B-block, which in at 350 cubes, two more than and two fewer than Ford big for 1958. Two Carter four-barrels on top, compression was 10:1 and the horsepower rating was 305. engine package was dubbed Commando.

A very limited number of were ordered with the electronic fuel-injection system, raised the rating to 315 hp. Most replaced with dual-carb when the injection proved

Belvedere side trim a single, full-length distinctive molding slanting from level towards the back Ahead of the taillights, the molding up towards the top of the fin. When the “Sport Tone” finish was a lower molding was included ran from above back and tapered towards the upper at the front fender tip.

The area inside the moldings was finished with contrasting usually matching the roof.

The was a limited-edition Buckskin beige hardtop with Fury fender nameplates; Sport moldings (with gold aluminum inserts); bumper guards; padded interior; and rear foam seats; lights; dual outside mirrors and special Dual or Golden Commando V-8.

Trend tested an automatic Fury with the 305-hp Commando and got a 7.7-second 0-to-60 mph This was far faster than the 352-cid at 10.2 seconds and the Impala’s 348-cid run of 9.1.

a $3,032 base price, the Fury was the most expensive that year. Its production of was down from the 7,438 for but up from the short 1956 run of After 1958, the Fury would be put on Plymouths of all types from station wagons to cars.

In 1982, horror fiction Stephen King wrote a called Christine” about a Plymouth Fury that its high school owner, millions of horror fans to the Apparently, production crews plenty of Savoy and Belvedere dressed to look like the but no actual Furys were

PRODUCTION

Model # Body MSRP Weight Production

2-dr HT Cpe-6P $3,032 lbs. 5,303

Fury Overhead valve. Cast-iron Displacement: 317.6 cid. and stroke: 3.906 x 3.312 Compression ratio: 9.25:1. hp: 290 at 5200 rpm. Five bearings. Solid valve Carburetor: Two Carter Type four-barrel Model 2631S.

Optional Golden Commando Overhead valve. Cast block. Displacement: 350 cid. and stroke: 4.062 x 3.375 Compression ratio: 10.0:1. hp: 305 at 5000 rpm. Five bearings. Hydraulic valve Carburetor: two Carter four-barrel 2631S. (An electronic fuel option rated at 315 hp was short-lived.)

It s role in Christine helped to the 1958 Plymouth Fury a favorite among car collectors. Its remains high due to this tie-in demand and a low production of just 5,303.

While these Fury were originally available in Buckskin Beige set off by eye-catching aluminum Sportone inserts, those that are incorrectly in Christine red and white still $75,000 to $85,000 in top condition and are marketed with all the movie added in the deal.

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