One of the finest examples of Plymouth designer Virgil Exner, the 1958 Plymouth Fury epitomized the ‘forward look’ pushed by the company and by Exner himself. Extremely low, and aggressive with exuberant tail fins, the Fury was marketed seperately from the Belvedere, and was only available as a convertible – of course – or a two-door coupe. In a way it looked like a demented, caricature of the typical 50s cars – and I mean that in a respectful, admiring way! – which is perhaps why it was chosen as Christine, the evil, possessed car from Stephen King’s book.
The top of the line Fury was equipped with a powerful, 6-liter big block V8, called the Golden Commando package, that produced a rumored 305 horsepower. It was certainly enough for a 110 miles per hour top speed, and a 11 second 0-60 ride.
Exner’s design brought a sense of balance and proportion rarely seen in those large cars; the model was discontinued in 1960, despite previous strong sales, as Chrysler sensed that the wind was changing, and design was taking an entirely new direction. The 1958 Plymouth Fury remains on of the most beautiful cars to come out of 1950s America.