1956 Plymouth Fury news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sport Coupe
In the early 1920s Maxwell-Chalmers was ailing. They recruited Walter P. Chrysler to rescue them, as he had done at the Willys-Overland company. Changes came swiftly; in 1923 production of the Chalmers stopped and a year later the first Chrysler was launched. In 1925 the Maxwell brand ended and in 1928 Plymouth was introduced at the low-end of the market to compete with Chevrolet and Ford. Plymouths were initially priced higher than the competition, but offered standard features such as internal expanding hydraulic brakes that Ford and Chevrolet didn't offer. Plymouth was Chrysler's volume seller until the late 1990s and was discontinued in 2001.

The Fury model was produced from 1956 to 1989. Launched at the 1956 Chicago auto show, the first version cost $2,599. It came in Eggshell white with golden aluminum side sweeps. The interior featured elegant Eggshell white and black upholstery with gold metallic beads running through it. Chrysler engineers opted to forgo the Plymouth 277 cubic-inch displacement engine in favor of the Canadian 303 cubic-inch displacement V8. The addition of 9.25:1 compression domed pistons, solid lifter cam, beefier valve springs, 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts turned the Fury into a fire-breathing 240 horsepower terror. Prior to introduction, a pre-production coupe set class records at Daytona Beach for both the flying and standing mile; at 124.01 and 82.54 miles per hour respectively. In essence, this was Plymouth's first in a long and iconic line of muscle cars.
The Plymouth Fury was introduced in 1956 and continued in production as a model and/or series until 1989. Plymouth had been using the name Fury as the high-performance version of its standard vehicle and in 1956 made its own model designation. The initial desire of the Fury was to highlight the abilities of the Plymouth division and to create a stunning automobile that would capture the attention of consumers and bring that crowd into their showrooms. The styling was typical of the era with the most notable feature being the tail-fins which grew in size during the 1959 model year. It was a popular favorite with many police forces because of its reliability and performance.

In 1959 Plymouth introduced a performance and luxury package called the Sport Fury which featured a larger engine, performance upgrades and a transmission that could handle the extra torque. This was the only year that it was offered.

1960 marked the beginning of the second generation Fury which continued until 1964. The Fury now sat atop a unit-body construction with bolted-on subfame which improved rigidity. The tail fins were removed and the styling was updated to give it a modern appeal. The base engine was a slant six power-plant capable of producing over 145 horsepower. A 318 or 383 cubic-inch eight cylinder in various configurations could be purchased as optional equipment.

Styling and mechanical changes continued in 1961. The Fury was given a new grille which gave it the impression of a 'frowning face'. Performance was increased with the 375 horsepower, 413 cubic-inch engine. A limited edition turbocharged engine was offered in 1962. A new unitized body and chassis construction was implemented which greatly decreased the overall weight while still maintaining rigidity and interior room. Weight was further reduced with the adaptation of the TorqueFlite transmission replacing the cast-iron, two-speed PowerFlite. The 383 engine was no longer offered but a 413 8-cylinder engine became available half-way through the year.

For 1963, the grille and rear once again received styling updates. The reliability was reinforced by the company with the introduction of a five-year or fifty-thousand mile warranty. Not much changed the following year. A limited amount of 426 Wedge 'Super Stock' engines were planted into the engine bays with the purpose of being raced and not legal on the streets.

1965 brought the third generation of the Fury. The sedans sat atop a 119 inch wheelbase while the wagons were given a 121 inch platform. A street legal, 426 'Street Wedge' was now available, promising nearly 400 horsepower. This year also began the Fury I, Fury II, and Fury III naming scheme. In 1966 the VIP name was added to the Fury model line-up. The VIP was an economical, luxury sedan with aluminum taillight panels, wood-grained inserts, and special badging and colors. A popular option on the VIP was the vinyl roof. Luxury could be found on the interior, with its soft carpet, padded dash, individual rearing lamps, walnut grain trim, fold-down armrests, and more. Under the hood was a 318 eight-cylinder engine as standard. The VIP name was short-lived, enduring until 1969 when the decision was made to cease production.

The 1965 Fury had changed aesthetically with horizontal bars on the grille and rearranged rear taillights. The interior had undergone very mild changes. The most drastic change was on the Sport Fury which was given a new console, replacing the console that had been introduced in 1964. The Hurst shifter was no longer offered; rather, a willowy Inland unit with reverse lockout button was offered as optional equipment.

In 1966, a Silver Special edition was offered which featured silver metallic paint with blue upholstery. Window moldings, whitewall, and wheel-covers were included.

The Fury grew slightly in size in 1967. The body panels were all-new but the grille and headlights were carried over from the previous body-style. The 225 slant-six engine was standard and a 318, 383, and 440 were offered in various configuration. Offered as a two and four door, convertible, sedan, wagon, hardtop, and convertible, there were nearly twenty-five different configurations to select from.

1968 continued the styling changes with it's horizontally split grille, updated rear and a slight dip in the body-line which mimicked the front vent windows.

The fourth generation began in 1969. The wheelbase of the vehicle increased offering more interior room for the passengers. The boxy-appearance of third generation Fury was abandoned with a slight shift toward curvy appearance. Concealed headlamps were added in 1970.

In 1972 Plymouth added the Gran Fury sedan and coupe, equipped with a 383 cubic-inch engine bored out to 400 cid. Two separate blackened grilles with the word 'Fury' in the middle helped distinguish these models.

Styling changes continued in 1973 which saw many improvements to its exterior design. For 1974, the Fury sat atop a new C-body platform which was larger in size to its predecessor. A new grille and bumper made its way onto the standard Fury.

The fifth series of the Fury was introduced in 1975. Plymouth once again restyled the Fury and placed it atop a smaller, redesigned C-body chassis.

The Fury line was dropped in 1979 but a year later, in 1980, Plymouth revitalized the Gran Fury name. It shared a platform and similar body design to the Chrysler Newport and Dodge St. Regis, and was available only as a four-door sedan. Sales were never strong and the Fury name was once again abandoned in 1981.

A smaller version was introduced in 1982 and stayed in production until 1989. Minor aesthetic and mechanical changes were applied during this time, but it basically stayed unchanged.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
 
Recent Vehicle Additions

Four FCA US Vehicles Win Quality Awards In Strategic Vision's 23Rd Annual Total Quality Impact™

Chrysler Pacifica takes home first place in total quality among Minivans Dodge Charger captures win for total quality in Full-Size Car segment, third win in four years Dodge Durango leads Mid-Size...

FCA US Provides Officer Protection Package Technology In All 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit Law Enforcement Vehicles

Designed to prevent ambush of officers Warns officers of subject approaching from the rear February 9, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC announced today that effective immediately, all...

DODGE CHARGER EARNS 2017 ALG RESIDUAL VALUE AWARD FOR A THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

Three years running: Americas only four-door muscle car – the 2017 Dodge Charger – continues to be recognized with ALGs Residual Value Award (2015, 2016, 2017) ALG Residual Value Awards recognize...

FCA US NAMED A TOP EMPLOYER FOR WORKING LATINAS BY LATINA STYLE MAGAZINE

FCA US ranked 12 on the annual LATINA Style Top 50 report Report evaluated more than 800 corporations in the U.S. Company recognized 13 times in the Top 50 since report was established in 1998...

CHICAGO FIREFIGHTER WINS DODGE CHALLENGER THROUGH FCA NATIONAL VEHICLE GIVEAWAY

Winning Oswego resident is one of more than 1.2 million entrants in annual sweepstakes May 23, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chicago fireman Kevin Arias of the Tristate Fire Protection Di...

Barracuda
Belvedere
Breeze
Cranbrook
Fury
GTX
Neon
Prowler
Reliant
Satellite
Savoy
Special Deluxe
Valiant
Voyager

1957 Fury Image Right
© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Vehicle information, history, and
specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook  Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2017 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.