The Motorious beta is now available to all users.  Learn more about what this means.

Are You Brave Enough For This 1959 ‘Christine’ Plymouth Fury?

By Gillian Carmoodie May 05, 2019
handpicked
Shop
By Gillian Carmoodie May 05, 2019
If you like the concept of owning a classic with character, you can't go wrong with a 1959 Plymouth Fury. Just don't upset it...

Some might think we have a cruel sense of humour in handpicking a listing that eerily resembles the somewhat deranged automotive star known as Christine. Penned by American horror author Stephen King, Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury who was ‘bad to the bone’, successfully snaring herself the devoted attention of one gullible driver after another; wiping out anyone who dared stand in her way. 

From trapping a well-meaning mechanic’s arm with the slam of her lengthy bonnet, to trying to choke those out on a date in the passenger seat, to screeching after enemies before knocking them down dead, Christine had some serious issues and was the ideal candidate for an anger management course. 

View in gallery
View 9+
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View
["1959 Plymouth Fury"]
View 9+
'

Unlike most classics we’ve lived with, Christine would never miss an opportunity to cause trouble or be held back by reliability issues. If the bodywork incurred damaged, Christine could fix it herself and carry on. If she were driver-less behind the wheel, she would simply drive herself to where she wanted to go. Try that one on for size, Tesla... 

If someone dared threaten her or her owner, she’d retaliate by trying to kill them. Even a full-blown fire across the bonnet that billowed under her chassis and all over her bodywork wouldn’t put Christine off annihilating whoever happened to be in her crosshairs. 

Going by this movie, we’d say the next time your classic hints that its time for an oil top-up, it’s probably best just to comply or you risk a case of sudden death.

'

However, you can breathe a sigh of relief for this Motorious listing comes complete with Christine’s stunning good looks, but without the devilishly unruly persona to contend with. Having served as a Christine themed display within Florida’s Orlando Auto Museum, this 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury now seeks a new life beyond the museum’s walls.

Complete in 2-door hardtop configuration, with an Iceberg White roof and identical Toreador Red and Ivory colouring that Christine wore, this striking Sport Fury is a convincing representation of the brash car that went on to make John Carpenter's 1983 movie a cult classic. 

1959 Plymouth Fury
View in gallery

The Sport Fury was introduced as the Plymouth’s top model in 1959, succeeding the Belvedere which had been the first Plymouth to express stylist’s Virgil Exner’s ‘Forward Look’ with its 118-inch long streamlined body, slim C-pillars, generous expanses of glass and those tail fins that became oh-so symbolic of 1950s American motoring.

Inside the cabin, the driver now held onto a half-padded steering wheel while using futuristic pushbuttons to engage the 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Passengers could enjoy listening to the Deluxe Radio before climbing out with ease courtesy of neat viscose metallic cloth swivel seats in the front, now fitted as standard. 

1959 Plymouth Fury
View in gallery

Meanwhile, the Sport Fury’s ability to spin its tyres, menacingly if need be, came from either a 317.6 cubic inch V8 pushing out 260hp or the Golden Commando 395 (better known as the 361), with either a two or four-barrel carburettor, that could deliver a mighty 305hp. 

Improved handling and flatter cornering resulted from a shortened torsion bar system up front and a solid axle in the rear, suspended by leaf springs. For an additional $88, an air suspension set-up called Constant-Level could be fitted on the rear. A height control valve automatically charged the air springs with more air to raise the rear end of the vehicle whenever a load was applied, thus allowing the car to sit level at all times.

1959 Plymouth Fury
View in gallery

All combined, this delivers ample opportunity to drive the car as if Fury by name, Fury by nature. Abundant power transfers through the propshaft, chirping the wheels thrillingly, even as you shift into second. 

The Golden Commando 395 engine is particularly renowned for its smoothness and strength, supplying all the tenacity needed for hunting down those not in your good books or for simply eating up those motorway miles.

Tempted by the lure of Christine? As a potential new owner, all you have to work out is whether or not you’re brave enough to take on this little bitty pretty one. 'Is that you Cunningham?'

1959 Plymouth Fury
View in gallery

Related articles

1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car Touches Off Bidding War

The end result was a world record. Earlier today during Monterey Car Week, a 1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car set y...
By Steven Symes Aug 17, 2019

1965 Chrysler Newport Is A Slick Daily Driver

Proof that there are still cool and affordable Mopars out there. It's no Hemi 'Cuda, but this 1965 Chrysler Newport ...
By Jeffrey N. Ross Aug 17, 2019

Check Out The Sights At Monterey Car Week

Even if you can’t attend the events, you can enjoy some of the cars. One of the most eclectic conglomerations of au...
By Steven Symes Aug 17, 2019

J-Lo Gifts A Classic Bronco To A-Rod

This is how celebrities say "I love you." Just weeks after Alex Rodriguez surprised Jennifer Lopez a 2019 Porsche 9...
By Jeffrey N. Ross Aug 16, 2019
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard