1961 Plymouth Fury
8-cyl. 318cid/230hp 2bbl
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The 1960 Fury was the top-line Plymouth, with the most exaggerated styling to date. Fins started farther back than the year before, and rose sharply in a curve with a circular medallion in the center. The headlight eyebrow trim curved around the side of the fender and above the wheel arch, which was cut back, and the area in front of the wheel was a contrasting color, with “Fury” script in it. The two-door hardtops had enormous extended rear windows unlike most anything on the road. The Fury line offered a four-door sedan, two- and four-door hardtop, and convertible, and there were six- and eight passenger Sport Suburban station wagons.
Under the hood, engine choices ran the gamut, from the 225-cid, 145-hp slant-six to the 383-cid, 330-hp “Sonoramic Commando V-8. Transmission choices were limited to a three-speed manual or an automatic. For 1960, Furys contributed nearly 65,000 units to Plymouth’s bottom line.
Plymouth radically overhauled design in 1961, with all vertical styling cues dropped in favor of a flat look, with revised headlight eyebrows. Sales figures remained essentially unchanged, as did the base motor. The most powerful engine, however, was now the 413-cid, 375-hp V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetors and cross-ram induction.
The more outrageous, early 1960s Plymouth Furys are hard to find today, mostly due to rust issues, but they have a dedicated following. The possess a presence on the road that embodies the era, and prices remain quite reasonable.