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The Plymouth Fury was created as an experimental project and was originally produced for the 1956 model run. The experimental model  featured a 303 cubic inch engine with 2 x 4 barrel carburetors. It was available in one color, alternately called Buckskin Beige or Sand Dune White, depending on what year the car was. Trim was anodized gold, and the interior was tan / beige only. 4485 Furys were sold in 1956. This was a lethally fast car for its day, achieving 147 mph at Daytona. The model sold to the public had 1 x 4 barrel carburetor and made 240 horsepower. It had a milder cam and was more streetable.

For 1957 the Fury got the 318 cubic inch engine with 2 x 4 barrel carburetors, producing 290 horsepower. It continued the one color inside and out theme, and sales rose to 7,438 based on Virgil Exner's beautiful new "forward look" design. Quality problems and severe rust problems sent most Furys to an early grave, hence they are very rare today.

There were few changes to the 1958 Fury except for some external trim pieces. Under the hood, you still got the 1957 engine, but the new 350 cubic inch B block wedge was now optional. With 2 x 4 barrel carburetors, it made 305 horsepower. 5303 Furys were sold that year. In 1959, the Fury lost its status as a "specialty" model and joined the Plymouth line as a full model line. For 1956 to 1958, only 2 door hardtops were produced. There was no convertible offered.

The movie "Christine" gave the 1958 Fury cult status. Unfortunately, however, no real 1958 Furys were used in the movie. You could not get a Fury in red, and the anodized trim was always gold, not silver as featured in the movie. The interior and engine Christine sported were also custom. Four of the twenty some odd cars used to produce the movie survive and are in the hands of private collectors.

As for the DeSoto Adventurer, it followed the same theme, being offered from 1956 through 1959 in any combination of gold, black, or white with anodized gold trim pieces. The 1956 and 1957 models had the 2 x 4 barrel hemi engines, while the 1958 model had the 361 wedge. The 1959 model had the 383 wedge. Both wedge engines had 2 x 4 barrel carburetors. Inside, you got a tan-brown-gold interior, nothing else. 4065 Adventurers were built over the 4 year run. For 1960, the Adventurer was just another model, nothing special. DeSoto stopped production altogether after the 1961 run.

Dodge introduced the D500 option in 1956, and continued it through 1961. Since there was no "stand alone" D500 special model, the car never got the attention it deserved. It was probably the fastest production car in America for 1956 and 1957, featuring the hemi engine with either 1 or 2 x 4 barrel carburetors. The D500 is characterized by emblems featuring crossed flags for 1956 and the knight's head emblem for later models. Especially notable is the Super D500 option for 1957. This was the 1956 Chrysler 300B hemi engine with a better camshaft. 101 were ordered, and they were capable of 13 second quarter miles times. With the right axle ratio, top end approached 160. Not bad for a 1957 car!

D500s for 1958 through 1961 featured various versions of either the 361 or 383 wedge V8 with either one or two four barrel carburetors. The 1960 and 1961 models offered the complicated cross ram intake manifolds as optional equipment.

Guide ID: 10000000001253820Guide created: 06/30/06 (updated 05/24/10)

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