For fans of orphan vehicles, this super cool wagon is going to be tough to beat! Everyone knows Plymouth as one of Chrysler's legendary muscle car divisions. But what most folks don't realize is the Plymouth brand was originally created as Chrysler's entry level marque to rival Ford and Chevrolet in both sales and popularity. That means the legendary muscle cars enthusiasts know and love sat beside a variety of utilitarian people movers like this awesome 1966 Fury II wagon. Garage kept by two owners and averaging just 1,300 miles per year, it's an all-American, six passenger road cruiser which is one of the cleanest and coolest survivor Plymouths on the planet. If you're a Plymouth fan, a wagon enthusiast, or just someone who wants to drive something nobody's ever seen before, this 1966 Fury II is your hot ticket!
Elwood Engel, who had been primarily responsible for the design of the timelessly elegant 1961 Lincoln Continental, and who had also toned down the 1964 Imperial, did away with the styling excesses of the Exner era at Chrysler. His newly designed Fury line, while not earth shattering or revolutionary, personified his theme of understated elegance. Produced at Chrysler's Belvidere, Illinois manufacturing facility on February 22, 1966 and sold to its first owner in March of 1966, this amazing Fury II survivor spent most of its life in Bismarck, North Dakota and still wears 100% original sheetmetal which displays excellent factory fit and finish. On top of those large, flat exterior panels a spectacularly maintained coat of Chrysler code Y Bronze Metallic paint shows minimal signs of wear and tear. And despite its purpose built nature as a work vehicle and road trip machine, the big body can even be considered handsome with its expansive glass areas, wide stance and excellent proportions.
Seeking to expand on Plymouth's 50s theme of advanced design, Engel modeled the Fury's sheetmetal around a formal roofline that complemented prominent horizontal fenders. At the front of the car, vertically stacked quad headlights and a bright “Fury II” emblem separate a fine stainless grille that is straight out of the 'electric razor' school of design. Below that grille, a chrome wraparound front bumper is balanced by clear parking lights; and above that grille, an upright hood ornament, which resembles a rocket on a launch pad, is centered above a wide-set “PLYMOUTH” script. At the sides of the car, multi-faceted panels wear great looking stainless trim between original chrome door handles, swept wheel wells, good looking “Fury II” emblems, a chrome driver's side mirror and a gold passenger's side Pentastar. And at the top of the car, an aluminum roof rack rides between ten like-new windows and a vintage rear air deflector. At the back of the car, a convex rear panel darts out from the pointed fenders to give the car a hint of motion. And clear tail lights combine with well-maintained stainless, a second wide-set “Plymouth” script, a centered chrome handle and a second wraparound chrome bumper to mimic the car's front end.
Moving all this vintage sheet metal is a tried and true, numbers matching 318 cubic inch Chrysler polysphere V8. Introduced exclusively as a Plymouth powerplant, the solid lifter Chrysler A engine would eventually spread across the Corporations entire line and become one of their most trusted and dependable engines. No, in this application it's not grossly overpowered; but thanks to a stout 9 to 1 compression ratio and correct gearing, this big wagon is a very versatile machine that can move warehouse-sized loads or transport a small army in living room style comfort. The engine, which was cast at 6PM on February 7th of 1966, wears a correct 2468230 casting number and completely correct or original pieces from its satin black air cleaner and Carter 1-barrel carburetor to its heavy duty radiator and red cap Mopar battery. Aesthetically, its original orange paint contrasts well against the cars Bronze Metallic engine bay and a fresh set of blue Belden Premium plug wires. And functionally, it's simple, rugged, dependable, and easy to work on. Thankfully, power steering is a part of the package; and fresh belts and hoses, original decals, and an original Chrysler Corporation washer fluid reservoir round out the details.
Underneath the car you'll find a solid chassis which includes solid floor pans that still wear a majority of their factory undercoating and a solid driveline which appears to be in good, original condition. The transmission is an original A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic which sends power to an 8/75 rear end with interstate worthy 2.94 gears. And the robust suspension consists of a torsion bar front and rigid leaf spring rear set up which makes driving this big wagon no more difficult than a modern full-sized pickup truck. At the corners of the car, heavy duty drum brakes ensure solid, fade free stops; and at the center of the car, what appears to be an original exhaust system employs a fresh factory replacement muffler which sounds deep and civilized. Right now the car rides on brand new 15 inch Magnum 500s with fresh 215/55 BF Goodrich Radial T/As. But if you're a purist, the car also comes with its original steel wheels and hubcaps. From front to back, everything under this Fury II appears to be in good working order, presents as you'd expect a 46 year old survivor to present, and drives like a brand new 1966 wagon.
Inside this Fury II wagon you'll find a spacious and airy environment with enough room to haul the whole family in comfort. The front and rear bench seats still feel firm to the touch and are wrapped in nice original vinyl seat covers which show little to no wear. Original tan carpet, which is protected by new “Fury” branded floor mats, runs from under the dash to the foot of the rear seat and shows very few signs of staining or fading anywhere. In front of the driver, a crack-free dash hangs a super cool instrument panel next to an original Plymouth Solid State AM radio and a locking glove box. And at the sides of the driver, stainless trimmed two-tone door panels hold chrome handles for the cars doors and windows above great looking original arm rests. At the top of the car, an original tan headliner is stretched tight across stainless bows; and at the back of the car, a large carpeted cargo area stows a correct jack and spare tire under enough room for an epic tailgate party. Connecting the driver to the road is a chrome column shifter and a cool original steering wheel that's centered on a red, satin finished Plymouth logo.
Documentation for this awesome Plymouth includes the cars original Certicard, the cars original owner's manual, an original dealer maintenance card, which can be found in the glove box, a 1966 Plymouth wagons factory brochure, a couple of 1966 era Popular Science articles which talk about the Fury II wagon, and some written maintenance records.
This '66 Plymouth is a very cool people mover, and it's easy to imagine as the focal point of a cross-country family trip to see the sites. Still fully functional and just as useful and hard-working today as it was almost 50 years ago, it's a fun vehicle that can easily earn its keep. There can't be many of these left, and of those, this might be the lowest-mileage, best looking survivor in existence. If you're looking for a collector car that will be right at home on the show field or at the local Home Depot on a Saturday afternoon, this Fury II wagon is exactly what you've been looking for.
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