The 1970-1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT was Plymouth's somewhat belated attempt at a high-performance full-size model, produced in very low numbers for these two model years only. Though a Sport Fury sub-series had been offered previously as the top of Plymouth's big-car line and was available with the division's largest engines, the GT version was even more special.
As part of Plymouth's 1970 "Rapid Transit System," this two-door hardtop was decked out with the big-block Super Commando 440 V-8 with a single four-barrel carb, good for 350 horses. A 390-bhp version with Plymouth's Six-Pack carburetion (a trio of two-barrels) was optional. The package also included heavy-duty underpinnings and bodyside "strobe stripes."
For 1970 only, a companion model, the S/23, was also listed, powered by the mild-mannered 318. Horsepower ratings for the basically similar 1971 Sport Fury GT were 335 standard and 385 for the six-pot engine. Not an answer to a market trend, nor did it start one, but an interesting newer collectible for those interested in high performance with big-car room and ride.
Pluses of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT:
- Burly looks
- Interior room, luxury
- Last of the big performance Plymouths
Minuses of the 1970-1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT:
- Hard to find in good condition
- Not in high demand, and not likely to be for awhile yet
- The usual unit-construction rust worries
- Very thirsty
Production of the 1971 Plymouth
Sport Fury GT:
Plymouth Sport Fury GT:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Length, inches: 214.9/215.1 (1970/1971)
Weight, pounds: approximately 3,950
Price, new: $3,898 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1970-1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
| ohv V-8||440 cid ||335-390 ||1970-1971|
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