The 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury

The 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury, the brand's sportiest full-size offering, topped an already impressive lineup. Available as a hardtop coupe or convertible, it resembled a Fury III, save for some minor trim differences. For example, it wore the same three slashes on the sides, but they were finished in red, white, and blue. Wheels sported custom wheel covers with a spinner styling motif. Also exclusive to the Sport Fury, though optional on other models, were rear fender skirts.

1965 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible
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The sportiest Fury -- and the costliest at $3,209 -- was the Sport Fury convertible.

Inside, Sport Furys boasted bucket seats and a center console as standard, along with an all-vinyl interior. A special three-spoke steering wheel with full-circle horn ring was also a Sport Fury exclusive.

The Sport Fury came only with V-8 power, the 318 being standard, but the two 383s and the non-Hemi 426 beefed up performance from average to distinctly hot.

Plymouth noted that the Sport Fury convertible had an improved folding mechanism that worked silently and quickly at the touch of a switch. A snap-on flexible boot covered the top when lowered. When up, the top looked slim and elegant, a snazzy complement to the square-cut lines of the body. The Sport Fury convertible was chosen as the pace car for the 49th annual Indianapolis 500 race in 1965, the first time that Plymouth had been so honored -- a fitting tribute to the all-new 1965 full-size Plymouth line. Priced at $3,209, the Sport Fury ragtop outpriced even the nine-passenger wagons. Only 6,272 were built, plus 38,348 hardtops, making the Sport Furys the rarest full-size series for 1965.

When the dust had cleared after a very successful sales year, Plymouth had produced 728,228 cars. While still approximately 79,000 units behind Pontiac, Plymouth had nonetheless made a significant step toward recapturing third place. To top it off, the 14-millionth Plymouth was built late in the year, a 1966 model.

On the next page, read about changes made for the 1966 Plymouth Fury lineup.

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