Plymouth Fury Convertible
The Plymouth line in 1960 showed all the attributes of what Virgil Exner sought to achieve, with the graceful sweep of the leading edge of the hood down around the front wheel arch and the tall rearward placed fins giving the cars a real look of a jet fighter. Chrome was used sparingly, but dramatically, to accent the long, clean lines of the car. A level of detail in trim was used which today would be unimaginable in a “low priced” car and includes the “floating” speedometer unit on the dashboard and luxurious woven fabrics for the seats.
The new “uni-body” construction of the 1960 Plymouth did away with the separate frame previously used and had the benefits of lighter weight, higher structural rigidity and improved noise isolation. The torsion bar suspension used on the 1960 Plymouth also gave it a smoother ride and better cornering capability than the competition. The top-of-the-line Fury boasted a 383-cubic inch engine and came in two states of tune. The “Cross Ram” induction manifold option offered 330 horsepower as its most potent variation. The Fury added to its appeal with up-market elements such as front bucket seats and an available four bucket seat interior to give it the look and feel of a true luxury grand touring car. The futuristic “Aero” steering wheel, a large, squared-off multi-piece design, was another component that lent the Fury the look of a show car.
Part of the RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California; January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona; Auction for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Jerry Heasley; Teddy Pieper