This southern California-based 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury is considered one of the best exam
1959 marked the third year of the "Forward Look" for Plymouth. The body had been restyled in a rather flamboyant fashion, while having the same general silhouette. A new "Star View" windshield provided for some 11-percent more glass area with the addition of a compound curve top. The new sheet metal had a distinctive and sculpted shape that ended up outselling the 1958 version, and kept Plymouth in the number three overall sales position for the year.
Side trim on Sport Fury models included sportone textured anodized aluminum trim. Only the
The front end of the car was bold, and featured a lattice-work grille that was full-width, quad headlights, and a large bumper with a lower valance panel that had the look of a scooped jet intake. On the rear, the "stabilizing" fins were modified from the previous years with a new, longer, sweeping size and thinner shape, slightly canted outward. The taillights were moved down, and used built-in back-up lights, cleaning up the rear and providing a look of width and lowness.
Standard equipment on the top-of-the-line 1959 Sport Fury was the swivel seats, where at the touch of a lever it turned outward to aid in the entrance and exiting of the interior. This was particularly ideal for women dressed in tight skirts or evening gowns. The exterior of the Sport Fury was also adorned with special textured-aluminum trim on the sides, where the spears turned upwards on the rear fenders to replicate the shape of the fins. There wasn't actually any outside emblems or markings on the car that said "Sport Fury," just the word Fury (but gold-hued) to distinguish it from a regular Fury.
The 361 V-8 engine was rebuilt and detailed as per 1959 color specs, as was the TorqueFlit
The Sport Fury used V-8 engines. Standard engine was a 260-horsepower 318 engine using a four-barrel (known in and around the Chrysler-Plymouth dealerships as the "V-800 Super-Pak), which produced 345 lb/ft. of torque. An optional "Golden Commando 395" engine--that had a completely different block, known as the "B" engine, delivered 305 horsepower from its 361 cubic inches, and was a $74.00 upgrade. This engine was fitted with 10.0:1 pistons, high-load valve springs, a dual-point ignition system, Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor, and low-restriction dual exhausts.
The 395 in the name of the engine refers to the torque rating, as it produced 395 lb/ft. of torque (at 3,000 rpm). The 361 was a new version of the "B" engine for 1959, being an outgrowth of the former 350-cid engine thanks to a larger bore (from 4.06 to 4.12 inches).
Two different automatic transmissions were offered in the Sport Fury, the standard equipment two-speed PowerFlite, and the rugged TorqueFlite three-speed, which in 1959 used a cast-iron case. 11-inch hydraulic drum brakes with Cyclebond linings were used front and rear.
According to the testing in the December 1958 edition of Motor Life Magazine, the Golden Commando 395 engine as fitted in a 1959 Sport Fury hardtop could accelerate from a standing start to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, using 3.31:1 rear gearing. The editors averaged 14 miles per gallon in their testing.
There was a torsion bar front suspension up front, and it provided much-improved cornering, and less dive while braking. The rear used 2-1/2-inch outboard-mounted leaf springs.1959 was the final year for the Plymouth line to have a body-on-frame construction, as for 1960, a new unit-body was introduced.
Remington Cushion-Aire 4-Ply Polyester tubeless tires sized G78-14 with wide whites were t
Car Life Magazine also tested a '59 Sport Fury in their July 1959 issue (equipped with the Golden Commando 395 engine). They took it for a three-thousand mile drive up and down the east coast. They were most impressed with the suspension: "This Sport Fury's ride is top-notch all the way. The car corners at all speeds with a minimum of body lean or tire squeal. At higher speeds, its 'beefed up' suspension allows it to track curves without plowing or drifting. Even when taking you over large bumps, the car refuses to bounce or toss. Smaller bumps are just about completely soaked up by the suspension."
During the testing period, the editors weren't afraid to do some WOT (wide-open-throttle) action with the finned Mayflower. "The passing prowess of this automobile was a constant source of joy. When you're behind the wheel of the Sport Fury, you never feel the need for creeping up close to a car to be passed, so as to get by it at the first available opportunity. A flick of the right foot on the accelerator, at any speed below 75 miles per hour, results in instantaneous downshift into the intermediate of the transmission's three gears. A slight turn to the left on the steering wheel, and you're almost immediately past the car that had been leading you."
In all, a total of 17,867 Sport Fury Hardtops were produced in 1959 and not a whole lot of them survived, as rust was a major factor in their disappearance from the roads and highways to the junkyards of America.
The Golden Commando 395 engine was 361-cubic inches, and developed 305 horsepower. A singl
San Diego, California's Dick Martin always liked the late-1950s Plymouths, and when he got his driver's license, he wanted to buy a used 1959 Sport Fury. However, he didn't have enough money to do so, and his parents didn't think it was right for him to borrow the money for one at that early time in his life. After all these years, he still desired a Sport Fury, so when the opportunity chance came up for him to purchase a beautiful example, the pictured Emerald Green hardtop, he jumped at the chance!
The car was restored by Richard L. Burdick in Hawleyton, New York, and he was highly qualified to perform the work as in 1959, he purchased a brand-new Sport Fury and knows the cars well. A lot of NOS parts were found for the restoration of the rare Plymouth, and today it is considered one of the best, most complete, properly restored 1959 Sport Fury cars in America.
The trunk capacity is 35.6 cubic feet, and was fully restored including the painted cardbo
The "frame off" restoration was done over a two year time period, and it should be noted t