1956-1958 Plymouth Fury

1956-1958 Plymouth Fury Specifications

The demise of the limited-production Plymouth Fury was more the result of the 1958 recession than the Automobile Manufacturers Association's infamous decision to "discourage" the use of competition results in advertising. The AMA "ban" came down with a clang shortly after Daytona 1957 -- which is probably just as well, because the Plymouth Fury had not done well at the industry's last formal speedfest.

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Due to their susceptibility to rust, few Plymouth Furys survive today.

Although Wally Parks of Hot Rod magazine won the Experimental class flying mile in one, the car had a Chrysler engine with Hilborn fuel injection. The Stock class was a Chevrolet parade, with the best car scoring 118.460 mph in the flying mile (notably, 5.5 mph slower than the 1956 Fury's unofficial run).

Even without the "ban," the Fury would not have been seen very often once its engine was extended to the lesser but lighter Plymouths. The factory's stock-car team would have used the bare-bones Plaza two-door, and some independents actually did.

Thus, Chrysler's decision to make the Fury a higher-volume product was a logical move from the publicity standpoint.

For collectors, the great gold-and-white rockets of 1956-1958 have appeal not only as the first but also as clearly the best Furys. Whether these high-strung machines are going to be permanently happy on unleaded gasoline is an unanswered question, but they'll need lots of fuel in any case.

Nevertheless, the Fury's place in Chrysler history is as secure as its place in our affections, and that counts for a lot.

Check out the following charts to see more about the Plymouth Fury's specifications.

1956-1958 Plymouth Fury Basic Specifications

1956 1957
Production4,485 7,438
Price (new)
$2,866 $2,925 $3,067
Wheelbase (in.)
115.0 118.0 118.0
Overall Length (in.)
204.8 206.0
Overall Width (in.)
Overall Height (in.) 58.8
Curb Weight (lbs) 3,650
Wheels (dia. x width, in.) 15 x 5.50
14 x 6
14 x 6
Standard Tires 7.10 x 15
8.00 x 14
8.00 x 14
Front Suspension Independent; unequal length A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar. Independent; upper and lower control arms, longitudinal torsion bars.
Rear Suspension Live axle on longitudinal leaf springs. Live axle on longitudinal leaf springs.
Brake Type F/R drum/drum drum/drum
Brake Diameter F/R (in.) 11.0/11.0 11.0/11.0
Brake Lining Area (sq. in) 173.5 184.0
Steering Type worm & roller
worm & roller
worm & roller
Note: All Models Hardtop Coupes
Sources: Chrysler Corporation; Langworth, Encyclopedia of American Cars 1930-1980

1956-1958 Plymouth Fury Drivetrain Specifications

1956 1957-1958
Type ohv V-8 ohv V-8
ohv V-8
Bore x Stroke (in.) 3.81 x 3.31
3.91 x 3.31
4.06 x 3.38
Displacement (cu. in.) 303
Compression Ratio (:1) 9.25
Carburetion (bbl. x #) 4 x 1
4 x 2
4 x 2 (a)
Horsepower @ rpm 240@4,800 290@5,400
305@5,000 (a)
Torque @ rpm (lbs/ft) 310@2,800
325@4,000 (b)
Standard Transmission 3-sp. manual
3-sp. manual
3-sp. manual
Standard Final Drive (:1)
Optional Transmission 2-sp. auto (c) 3-sp. auto (d)
3-sp. auto (d)
Optional Final Drive (:1) 3.73
3.36 (e)
(a): Fuel injection optional: factory claimed no extra horsepower, but some sources list 315 horses. (b): Rated 330 lbs/ft. (c): PowerFlite. (d): Pushbutton TorqueFlite. (e): 2.93, 3.15, 3.54, 3.90, 4.10 available.
Sources: Chrysler Corporation; Langworth, Encyclopedia of American Cars 1930-1980

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