1958 Plymouth Fury

Stylewise, the 1958 Plymouth Fury was a repeat of the 1957, except for the newly legalized quad headlamps, a tube grille with matching under-bumper stone shield, and smaller "lollipop" taillights. Again it had the distinctive gold/white color scheme, with the sweepspear slightly modified at the rear, but wheel covers were now stock issue. Base price rose to $3,067.

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Production bugs and high price precluded volume sales of the 1958 Plymouth Fury.

The V-800 returned at its previous 290 horsepower, but it was now the standard V-8 across the board, rated at 225 horsepower with a quarter-point drop in compression (to 9.00:1) and minus the 290 version's hop-up goodies. As before, the Fury's "power pack" engine was available for any 1958 Plymouth.

Optional for all models, including Fury, was a new 350-cid wedge-head V-8. Called "Golden Commando," it pumped out 305 or 315 horsepower -- the latter via fuel injection -- making this the fastest Fury yet. The typical 315-horsepower example would clock 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and turn the standing quarter-mile in 16 seconds flat at close to 90 mph.

Unfortunately for those who had come to love this unique driver's Plymouth, 1958 was the last year for the limited-edition Plymouth Fury. The national economic recession that occurred that year was severe, and Plymouth suffered like most every other make. Model year sales dropped by about 300,000 units, of which only 5,303 were Furys.

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The 1958 Plymouth Fury featured a Golden Commando V-8 engine.

Since this was essentially a sportier Belvedere hardtop with some relatively inexpensive modifications, it didn't make much corporate cogitating to capitalize on the Fury name, if not the concept. The result was a new "standard" Fury series for 1959, displacing Belvedere at the top of the line but offered in the same full range of body styles, plus a new Sport Fury hardtop coupe and convertible, the true successor to the 1956-1958 original.

In common with other models, the Sport Fury was heavily face-lifted, came with conventional torsion-bar suspension and in any color you liked (but no gold sweepspear), and offered optional swivel seats and "Highway Hi-Fi" record player. A 260-horsepower 318, optional on lesser models, was standard, and more spirited acceleration was available from a new 361 Golden Commando V-8 with 305 horses.

The Sport Fury was a distinctive car, but it wasn't quite the thoroughbred the 1956-1958 Plymouth Furys were and it didn't last. The subseries was dropped for 1960, when you could buy a four-door Fury sedan with a six-cylinder engine.

Check out the specifications of the 1956-1958 Plymouth Fury on the next page.

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