Per my ‘handle,’ I’ve traditionally been an ‘Imperial Man’. But I’m really excited about my recent eBay purchase (7/28/19) of a 1971 Plymouth Sport Fury 4-dr hardtop. One of my favorite aunts had a new Fury III (a ‘70) when i was a kid, and I always thought it was an amazing car.
Though not heavily-optioned, as a ‘premium’ Sport Fury model it is well equipped with: 383 V-8; 4-bbl carb and dual exhaust; concealed headlamps; tinted glass; white vinyl top; bucket-back bench seat w/ the no-cost optional cloth-and-vinyl upholstery (black vinyl & ‘charcoal’ brocade cloth inserts with a cool ‘blueish’ hue like charcoal). No rips or wear spots at all, and no cracks in the dashboard.
Most strikingly, it wears an unusual paint color: “Mood Indigo” iridescent (metallic). Offered only in 1971, this deep cobalt-purple hue was not as pervasive as better known early-‘70’s Mopar colors (e.g.: Plum Crazy, Tor-Red, etc...), and was ‘exclusive’ to the full-size Fury line (thanks @Marv for the correction). This may be an ‘urban legend’ but... I recently read a blogpost from an individual whose father was a Plymouth dealer. They indicated that as a ‘showroom draw’ Chrysler Corp. produced a run of ‘Mood Indigo’ Furies: just two per-state, according to the poster.
Originally a Texas car, it was purchased from a Wisconsin collector who owned it for about 3 yrs. After spending the next 3-weeks coordinating/awaiting shipping, it spent another 3-weeks with my mechanic for a thorough ‘going-through’. Happily, the car is largely just as-advertised.
In addition to the requisite fluid changes/flushes/ alignment..., I had a number of repairs/ upgrades made to ensure drivability and safety.
New Items include:
Master Cylinder, front disc pads, rotors, hoses. Electronic Ignition. New Fuel Filter (re-routed to stock location). Alternator. Idler Arm. Rear Shocks. 3-way Horn Relay. Turn Signal Switch. Set of 4 Cooper Trendsetter SE P235/75R15 narrow whitewall radials.
Ready just in time for my annual 300 mi. round-trip weekend meet with my car club, the car performed flawlessly. It had no trouble sustaining speeds of 65/70 mph on Rt. 50 from Washington DC to the Delaware beaches. It ran even better after the trip, and idles smoothly.
Forced by the 2008 Recession to take a long break from the hobby, this is a fun way to jump back in!