426 Wedge V8 with automatic transmission. Beautiful older restoration still in fantastic condition. Attractive and unusual color combination. Power steering and brakes. Clean, solid southern car. An unusual piece of Mopar Muscle!
In the early ‘60s, there were plenty of muscle cars, even before the term was coined. Big engines, medium-sized bodies, plenty of performance and minimal frills, that was the winning formula. But if you were a grownup who was past his tire-smoking days and just wanted something cool with the horsepower to back it up, well, there were cars like this awesome 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury hardtop. Popularly called a “gentleman’s express” or “banker’s hot rod,” cars like this delivered plenty of go power without the rough edges. The proverbial iron fist in a silk glove. So if you’re of a certain age and have outgrown your need for stripes and spoilers and hood scoops, take a closer look here, because this is how you did it in the ‘60s when you wanted to show everyone you had arrived without looking like your father. The subtle Sandalwood Iridescent paint certainly helps, giving this handsome Sport Fury a low-key look that we like a lot, and in the sunlight it simply glows. That’s the car’s original color and it really works given the car’s split personality. As a lifetime southern car, it’s laser-straight with all its original body panels (there’s no repro stuff for these cars, anyway) and it fits together surprisingly well for a Mopar. Doors swing closed and latch with a precise sound and gaps are good all around. Chrysler’s cantilevered roofline looks awesome even today, and the bright trim running along the flanks was unique to the Sport Fury. It’s all in very good condition, with some restored parts joining excellent originals to give it an all-of-a-piece look that’s insanely appealing. The car is every bit as nice as it appears in photos.
The beautiful Copper interior is the perfect match to the subtle iridescent paint, and we’re sure you’ll get lots of compliments at car shows. The Sport Fury came standard with buckets and a console, so it was a bit more muscle car feeling than its siblings. The carpets are new, the seats have been reupholstered, and we believe the door panels have been restored, although we can’t imagine how much it must have cost. We believe that’s the original headliner, which will give you a good indication of how well preserved this car really is, and aside from the aftermarket steering wheel and AM/FM/cassette radio, it remains completely stock. Big, round gauges monitor most of the engine’s vitals and they all work except the clock. Pushbutton controls for the heater are always cool, and with the shifter on the center console, everything is easy to reach. This is a big, full-sized car, make no mistake, but that means a reasonably comfortable back seat that’s perfect for two passengers and it’s all in outstanding condition. There’s also a massive trunk that includes a correct plaid mat, full-sized spare, and a complete jack assembly.
The Sport Fury could be ordered with a myriad of Mopar’s most potent engines, with this car now packing a legend: the 426 cubic inch “Wedge” V8. A bigger version of the 413 used in the big luxury cars, it delivered the kind of effortless punch that a car like the Sport Fury needed to earn respect on the street. Those of you checking the fender tag will note that this car originally came with a 383, but the Wedge transplant was so well done that it looks factory. There’s corporate turquoise engine enamel on the block and correct chrome valve covers with prominent “426 Super Stock” decals, so there’s a definite link to 1964. Modifications include a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on top, a set of block-hugging headers that fit rather neatly, and an upgraded ignition system that fires it up reliably. This is far from a fussy engine despite its performance potential, and it starts easily, idles nicely, and goes about its business without any muscle car antics. But lean on it and the 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic drops down a gear and all that torque comes online ready to launch the car like a slingshot. It’s pretty impressive. The supporting hardware is there, too, including a big radiator with an electric pusher fan, dual exhaust with Flowmaster-style mufflers, and a recently serviced brake system. Out back, the 8.75-inch rear end has 3.54 gears inside, so it’s got enough gear to get this big car off the line but it’s still relaxed on the highway. You’ll note that the floors, rockers, and trunk extensions are original and in fantastic shape, and as a unit-body car, the understructure is particularly important. No worries here. It also has an awesome stance that’s got a bit of an attitude, a look enhanced by Magnum 500 wheels and big 225/70/15 front and 275/60/15 rear radials.
We know this isn’t a car for everyone, but if you’re a guy looking for something a little different that still has that big horsepower punch to put a grin on your face, this is a great choice. We’re smitten with this super clean Sport Fury and we guarantee that the luxury ride doesn’t mean it’s not fun to drive. Open the hood at shows and it’ll attract a crowd with that big Wedge living inside, and it’s likely to be the only one. This all adds up to a grown-up’s hot rod that delivers on all fronts. Call today!
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