Tuesday, 21 June 2011
The second generation Plymouth Fury was in production from 1960 to 1964, in 4 door saloon / sedan, 2 door coupé, 4 door estate / station wagon or 2 door convertible body styles. The model featured in today's blog was built in 1961.
Second generation Furies are distinguishable from their earlier siblings by featuring unit-body construction doing away with the need for a separate chassis.
The Fury takes its name from mythological subterranean personifications of vengeance.
An electric motor powers a hydraulic pump which acts to power the hood down and back up, the hood is locked shut manually and sealed with a couple of press studs.
Allegedly the '62 Fury was downsized after the President of Chrysler misheard a GM executive saying that Chevrolet, GM's bargain equivalent of Chryslers Plymouth brand would not have any full size cars in it's '62 model line up.
With some 5,400 body welds to each Plymouth the unitary construction of the second generation Fury was estimated to have 40% more sag resistance and double the twist resistance of the first generation Fury with its body on frame construction method.
There is some debate about the '61's down turned fins which were critically acclaimed but not well received by the public , were they a deliberate feature or an unresolved feature by designer Virgil Exner who suffered a heart attack in 1960 and was near death when the 1961 and '62 Fury designs were finalised.
A particularly cool feature of the second generation Fury is that it has no gear stick / shift either floor or column mounted but instead the Torqueflite automatic gearbox is operated by just five simple push buttons at the 9 o'clock position to the left of the steering wheel.
A copy of this transmission operating system was also adopted by Bristol Cars on their 407 model which also used identical Chrysler 313 cui V8 engines and Torqueflite gearboxes to this particular Plymouth Fury.
Imported from California in 1976 this is thought to be the only working '61 Plymouth Fury in the United Kingdom and can be hired for weddings for a modest £275 pounds.
My thanks to the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum for keeping this magnificent land yacht in working fettle and on display,
Thanks for joining me for another Mopar edition of 'Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres' I hope you will join me again tomorrow when we take a peak at something very large and in charge from behind the Iron Curtain. Don't for get to come back now !