Thursday, August 22, 2013

2k: Hell Hath No Fury: 1971 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe

Traditionally a "three box" car with a trunk could be classified as either a two or four-door sedan, or a two-door coupe. You might be forgiven for thinking that a four-door coupe is a recent contrivance from the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Aston Martin et al. But Plymouth had a go at their own "Gran Coupe" in 1971 with a pillarless hardtop version of the four-door Fury sedan. The sleek styling is classic Mopar - long, low and wide. Find this 1971 Plymouth Fury Sedan Gran Coupe for sale in Boise, ID currently bidding on ebay near $1,500, no reserve, with a few hours to go.

The behemoth before you is powered by a 383 cubic inch (6.3 liter) "B" series V8, with a 2-barrel carburetor and a 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic trans. The standard 383 put out 275 gross hp in 1971, which translates to only about 190 hp net (the current rating system). That's about the same output you'll find from a new 2013 Honda Accord with the 2.4 liter four. But with 305 lb-ft of torque available from low engine speeds, this Plymouth will make a good smooth highway cruiser, and don't forget: it looks like it would eat that Accord for breakfast and shart the remains out of its twin tailpipes without much of a fuss.

The seller claims this beast has only 33k original miles on the odometer and if this is true it looks like a great deal for the current bidding price. There's a semi-rambling YouTube video included in the ad in which the seller's wife or girlfriend is seen trying to find the turn signal stalk, but hey - everything seems to work! The vacuum operated headlight doors make the front end aesthetic very sleek and somewhat menacing when closed. The seller does say the A/C needs attention and the heater core will need to be replaced; he seems like a nice honest guy so we will take his word for it.

If you can get over the shock and awe of this brown naugahyde / brown paisley / brown simu-burl woodgrain interior you'll realize that the Broughamic vibe may come back in style someday. You could be ahead of the game with this one. Or maybe "Broughamic" just rhymes with "banana hammock." Either way, the interior looks very clean and intact with only a few small rips and cracks to show for its 42 years of age. At least it hasn't been used as a rodent breeding ground at this price.

In summary, a big gas guzzling American barge like this is the perfect way to passive-aggressively give the middle finger to your Prius-wielding, fart-sniffing yuppie neighbors, so what are you waiting for? Bid on this cheap and classy beaut!

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1 comment:

  1. In the UK, Rover build the P5 as a four door sedan, and a four door coupe from 1962. The coupe had the roofline lowered by about 3 inches, and the pillars were narrower, making the car look sleeker and sportier.


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