1959 Plymouth Sport Fury

This has to be one of the most perfect cars cruising and getting noticed – the 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Coupe. This was the year the Sport Fury was introduced and it was the premium model for Plymouth, had just two models (the Convertible and 2-door hardtop) and only available with a V8.

Plymouth described it as a, ‘light-hearted, youthful car – a new, fresh look in automobiles – and it performs with easgerness and spirit… a high stepping, nimble-footed masterpiece of luxury and comfort… a joy to behold and heaven to drive!’

Shown here in Iceberg White over Jet Black and is complimented by a beautiful red interior. It’s a truly wonderful car that has done just 54,000 miles in its lifetime. Even back in 1982 it had traveled just 49,000 miles – all documented in old service records.

side view of a 59 Plymouth Sport Fury
side view

A distinctive Sport Fury feature is the upper side spear curves upwards to match the line of the rear fins. This is filled with a silver anodized aluminum panel with a Fury script mounted at the far end. Behind this mounted on the tailfin, are two, large “Forward Look” medallions.

The Sport Fury came equipped with a 318 cubic inch Fury V-800 V8 that outputs 260 horsepower as standard.

318 V8

This is paired with the push-button controlled TorqueFlite automatic transmission. A three-speed manual transmission was standard with the TorqueFlite an extra $227 on the original purchase price.

Inside, you can see the original interior that has sat protected for decades under the plastic covers. The swivel seats were standard on the Sport Fury.

swivel seat interior of a 59 Plymouth Sport Fury
Nice interior! Note the cool swivel seats in the front!

You can see the push-button control for the automatic transmission on the left of the instrumentation. This is a Chrysler Corporation feature that still amazes people today.

instrument panel / dash of a 59 Plymouth
instrument panel

A standard feature of the Sport Fury was the “Sport Deck”. Following the fifties fashion trend of a continental kit designed to hold the spare tire, Plymouth provided a fake spare tire cover mounted in the trunk lid. It was standard on the Sport Fury and cost an additional $28 for other models.

Rear view showing the Sport Deck of a 59 Plymouth
Rear view showing the ‘Sport Deck’.

The Sport Fury had a wheelbase of 118″, a total length of 208.2″ and was 78.2″ wide.

Sport Fury buyers got a “Built especially for…” dash plaque when purchased new. It’s found on the right side of the glove box door.

Dash Plaque on the glove box of a 1959 Plymouth
Dash Plaque

Plymouth sold 17,867 Sport Fury Coupes for the 1959 model year with a starting price of $2,927. The convertible started at $3,125 with 5,990 of them being sold.

This 1959 Sport Fury is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for lots more photos)

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