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1958 Plymouth Belvedere - Junkyard Crawl

You'll wish you had a time machine. These cars are long gone.

Photography by Steve Magnante

The motor is long gone, but a legitimate Fury would pack the Dual Fury V-800 eight-barrel 318 or the new-for-'58 305hp 350 Golden Commando big-block wedge, again with dual quads. Also technically available was the Bendix Electrojector EFI system, but only a handful were sold.>

Not to be outdone by Miss Belvedere, the crunchy '57 Plymouth famously unearthed last summer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, here's a look at a similar '58 Plymouth hardtop that got rusty the normal way-through exposure to the elements for five decades. Discovered in a sleepy salvage yard in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the white and gold two-tone paint scheme-especially those gold side spears-tells us it could be a super-rare Fury.

In case you didn't know, before Plymouth started slapping Fury emblems on station wagons and four-door family sedans beginning in 1959, the Fury name was used exclusively on Plymouth's limited-production high-performance model. The party started in 1956 with a Fury-only 303-cube four-barrel motor with 240 hp and a factory-issue in-dash tachometer. It was Plymouth's first musclecar. In 1957 and 1958 a dual-quad 318 with 290 hp and massive fins arrived on the scene, and Christine was born. But don't be fooled by the movie car's red paint: All '56-'58 Furys were delivered in Buckskin Beige with gold side trim. So is this hulk a real Fury? Let's explore

Groovy Factoids
* Mayflowers, not Bow Ties. The 350 is a founding member of the Mopar low-deck big-block family that includes the 361, 383, and 400.

* The 1958 suggested retail price of the Touch-Tone transistorized AM radio was $106.20. For just $2.70 more, much better music was supplied by the optional $108.90 350 Golden Commando dual-quad V-8.

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