213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs , Georgia
Few cars scream horsepower better than the mid-60s Mopars. Taking a full-sized hardtop like this 1966 Plymouth Fury III and dropping a big block V8 under the hood makes for entertaining performance, and the industrial-strength look and low key paint job leave no question that this is a car built for speed.
Wearing code K Frost Turquoise paint, this looks like a grown-up's car. The paint is in fair shape and it might even be original, showing a soft shine that only comes from age. There are blemishes here and there, because 50 years of motoring will do that, but at the same time, it's got a no-frills look that seems exactly right for an industrial-strength Mopar. The Fury was in the middle of the lineup, and wears the cool cantilevered roof line that defined Chrysler styling in the '60s, so it has a familial resemblance but stands out in a crowd. Good panel gaps, cool stainless trim, and the stacked headlights add up to a very handsome coupe that doesn't need any excuses. And if you're going to blow someone's doors off, doing it using a car wearing fender skirts is way cool. This is Mopar performance the way it was in the early days of the horsepower wars.
The black vinyl interior is all business, and with a bench seat you know the original buyer's priorities were horsepower, not style. The seat covers are probably original, with a pair of splits on the driver's side and fixing those would really upgrade the interior. It appears that the carpets, headliner, and door panels have been freshened at some point and the dash pad is in great shape. There's also a leather wrap on the steering wheel, but it blends in nicely with the black interior. A comprehensive set of factory gauges flank a cool rectangular speedometer pod and there's a tach on the column where it belongs. An AM/FM/cassette stereo has been neatly installed just to the left of the steering column while the original AM head unit is still in the center of the dash. And for carrying capacity, it's still hard to beat a full-sized '60s cruiser like this.
The 440 cubic inch V8 makes the kind of fat torque that makes even a big car like this feel fast. It starts easily and idles with a healthy lope that suggests horsepower, not luxury. It's a 1976-vintage block that now carries an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and matching aluminum intake manifold, and a set of long-tube headers dump into a rumbling exhaust system with familiar oval tips just under the rear bumper. There's a giant aluminum radiator up front and someone has started to install aftermarket A/C, although there's just a compressor in place at the moment (but that's the hard part anyway). The transmission is a bulletproof 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic feeding an 8.75-inch rear end, so the driveline is a known quantity that's ready to play. It's original under there, so it's not all shiny and perfect, and the stance is perfect with just a bit of rake. Classic Torque Thrust wheels wearing fat 15-inch radials complete the vintage performance look.
We love these cars and this one perfectly nails the attitude and performance of Mopar in the '60s. Call today!
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