For Sale: 1960 Plymouth Fury in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible

The 1960 Plymouth was significant in many respects. It was the last Plymouth manufactured with their famous fins ("stabilizers" as they were called in the sales literature), and the first Plymouth manufactured with "unibody" construction. Unibody construction offered weight and material savings over the then conventional body-on-frame construction, while at the same time made for a stiffer body. The engine department for 1960 saw the introduction of two legends. First was the unveiling of the slant six engine, with cylinders inclined 30 degrees to the right, this engine is unmatched in its reputation for reliability and durability. Second was the debut of the cross ram induction intake manifold, available on top of the line engines. The Plymouth version was named the Sonoramic Commando V8 and was available on the 383ci and 361ci "B" engines. On the racing scene in 1960, RIchard Petty began his winning ways. Richard's first three NASCAR grand national victories were recorded that year in a Plymouth. On the dragstrip, Al Eckstrand took home Super Stock Automatic class honors at the NHRA Nationals in Detroit, driving a '60 Plymouth Fury. The winning tradition carried on in 1961 but the famous fins were gone.

Sherman, set the Wayback Machine for 1960 and go for a drive up and down Main Street Anytown, USA and you would be hard pressed not to see tail fins cutting past you like a shark in shallow waters. This year was the final year for fins from the Mopar camp although many of Virgil Exner's design cues lived on when the fin trend was done. However, for 1960 the designers got it just right and their pen work shows splendidly in metal on this originally from California car that has been well documented since 1997. All in remarkable condition with no metal work done ever and an updated drivetrain, many jet age factory options and even a restored aero steering wheel, well steering square, we present to you for consignment the 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible.

Exterior
Presenting in Plum Red Metallic and a cove of white, elegance and excess abound everywhere you look. The Virgil Exner Forward Look is prevalent here, lower, longer, wider! Starting up front we are greeted with a massive bumper showing deep shiny chrome and a large horizontally barred grille stretching from fender to fender. Dual headlights are tucked neatly into the grille and under the outcropping of the forward protruding fenders and float like eyes peering into the darkness. A gold anodized Plymouth ornament sits proudly in the center of the grille and just above PLYMOUTH lettering in chrome grace the front lip of the hood. Bright stainless trim spears follow the smooth protruding fender and swoop down behind the front wheel opening to provide a framing for the white cove. This trim runs the length of the base of the car before ending in a large ribbed panel aft of the rear wheel opening. Smooth and straight side panels grace the car in an excellently applied coat of the Plum Red and show no inclusions waves or mars. The gaps are well minded and for the roof a white pinpoint vinyl power top is on with a crystal clear plastic rear window. A secondary trim spear follows the top of the body and traces upward to finish off the large and in charge final year fins. The rear end of this car is where the magic truly is... forward canted chrome bezel taillights attached to the back of the fins rest just above a perfectly plated rear bumper with chrome dual exhaust tips peeking out at the sides. Motorwheel authentic reproduction wire wheels are wrapped in like new wide whitewall rubber on all 4 corners and finish off the exterior superbly.

Interior
With a swing of the well balanced driver's door we are greeted by a red vertical tuck and roll door panel with a swoopy white vinyl insert. Within the white is a padded red armrest and futuristic chrome jet fighter throttle handle for a door release and a red and white striped vinyl insert. A chrome separation spear down low defines the transition from tuck and roll to textured vinyl while another gold anodized Plymouth badge graces the upper panel. As we peer at the front swivel bucket seats, we note their red vinyl coverings with white rectangle inserts on the uppers as well as the gold piping around the bolsters. The lower cushion and bottom seat back are wrapped in black and red cloth with that oh so nifty silver metallic stitching. All wonderfully redone and preserved original fabrics here. The rear bench mimics the front in both materials and condition, does it get any better? Our two-toned theme carries to the extremely rare and fully restored Aero steering wheel and has a nicely preserved chrome horn pad that spreads from the center hub to twin paddle like cups. Looking past the steering wheel we are met with more Plum red and an abundance of chrome bezels, aluminum panels and an ovoid pod-like speedometer mounted on top of the dash. Push buttons abound throughout the dash for not only gear selectors but also heater controls and a machine turned panel is below all of this and houses the shiny knobs for wipers, lights, the ignition switch, and original AM radio. A quick glance across the dash shows the glove box in front of the passenger seat which holds a modern USB stereo connection. Clean black carpet floods the floors and is well protected by black carpeted mats.

Drivetrain
Long gone is the original V8 and in its place in the finely restored engine bay is a 440ci V8 circa 1969 painted it traditional Mopar orange. Topped with a 4bbl carburetor this monster mill makes 375 tire shredding horses and looks factory installed. On the back is a 727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission which sends power back to an 8 3/4" rear axle. In the engine bay we note supple hoses, clean wiring, and even the addition of cruise control for those long highway drives.

Undercarriage
A peek underneath and we are met face to face with the 1st year unibody design courtesy of Mopar. All original and well cared for with no rust and just undercoating and black paint noted. The rockers and floor pans are solid and rust free with no evidence of repairs in the past, just the way it rolled off the assembly line. Providing the ride in the front is an independent torsion bar suspension with upgraded power disc brakes and for the rear we note leaf springs and power drum brakes. Dual exhaust is on with stainless steel mufflers to help with the spent fossil removal. We also note power steering to make tight parking places a breeze to handle.

Drivability
I never miss a chance to pilot a part of automotive history, especially when it's from the fabulous finned era. I made full use of the swivel seat feature to get my large frame behind the steering wheel ummm square, and the door had a solid thunk that only comes from a well-built Exner car. A turn of the key and the 440 cuber sprang to life and settled into a pleasant rumble. Sliding off the park feature and a press of the D button got me out to the test track in stellar time. On our track I experienced excellent handling, great braking and superb handling even with the notorious large car body roll. Since my test drive day was a break from the winter blahs I even enjoyed the luxury of a top down lap in this cruiser of excess. 5 stars across the board with all functions operational.

A great final year example of the finned era. Meticulously restored right down to the metallic thread in the seat stitching and upgraded in the braking and drivetrain department all make this a great looker an...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1960 Plymouth Fury
  • Listing ID: CC-1568647
  • Price: $92,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1960
  • Make:Plymouth
  • Model:Fury
  • Exterior Color:Plum Red Metallic
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:58090
  • Stock Number:3682
  • VIN:3306137881

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6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543
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