426 Wedge/4-Speed: 1964 Plymouth Fury Convertible

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Do the words 426 Wedge, 4-Speed, and Convertible get your attention? They sure got mine! This 1964 Plymouth Fury project has all the above and is listed for sale here on craigslist for $9,500. It’s located in the small town of Treloar, Missouri.

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Cut to the chase; these photos of a car with an almost ten thousand dollar price tag are really awful. The seller seems to acknowledge that, but I’m not sure why such an interesting car isn’t worth the effort to show it presentably.

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While this big block droptop obviously needs a total restoration, these photos somehow make it look worse. The seller seems to make a good faith effort to describe the present condition of the body in some detail, but it still doesn’t overcome the lousy photos.

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His description also says the original 426 “Street Wedge” engine, 4 speed transmission, bell housing, driveshaft and radiator are all included.  While “muscle car in a basket” doesn’t appeal to everyone, most of us can appreciate the fact that all the original components are included, at least the important ones. A four door parts car is also included, which should really help out with a project like this one.

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The seller also provides a photo of the cowl tag. It seems this car has an unusual color combination for a 1960s-era muscle car; a “Chestnut Metallic” exterior with a “Copper” interior. That interior vinyl color might be a fun one to try to match! I think the cowl tag belongs on the car, but maybe it was removed to prevent theft at a time when this car was perhaps stored in a less-than-secure location? Just a theory.

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After I moved it outside to spend the day taking better photos, I’d take a few shots of the parts car as well. That would probably have helped them find a buyer, but I guess the unknown makes things more interesting for us. What do you think – is this a great Mopar muscle car project or what?

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Comments

  1. 68 custom

    rare indeed and worthy of a complete resto, if the numbers all check out. I agree that it is strange the tag has been pulled. and then there is the rust, looks like a lot may be hiding…

  2. Blindmarc

    The tag attaches to the driverside wheel housing in the engine compartment. It’s only attached by two screws. These are stolen quite often and give all pertinent info on the car. This could be a high dollar car when restored.

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    • 68 custom

      always thought those were attached with rivets till I did a quick search and turns out I was wrong. they are attached with #2 Phillips head screws. thanks for the info!

  3. hcbph

    That brings back some memories. I had a landlord back in the 60’s that bought one specifically for the engine. Pulled that and swapped it for a 413 that was in a ski boat. The car’s color was a straight brown. Even with the smaller engine, it was wicked and boat was an unbelievable terror on the river.

  4. RON

    rare yes, but insanity price this looks like the parts car to me

  5. Drew V

    The Craigslist ad states this is the more mundane 426 Street Wedge and not the rarer and more powerfull Max Wedge equipted car…

  6. Mike

    Treloar is an unincorporated community in southern Warren County, Missouri. It is located on Route 94 twelve miles south of Warrenton near the Missouri River., and is sitting in a flood zone that likes to get a lot of water when the Missouri comes up out of its banks. It is also an area that gets a lot of snow, so I bet the frame is in pretty bad shape, let alone the underside of the floor pans. I am like you why not drag it out of the shed and take some better pictures, to at least give us a chance to see what it looks like in the sunlight.
    I would pass on this thing because I have bought a couple of cars from around the river area up there and I wish I had not!!!

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    • David Wilk Member

      The first thing I thought about this car – it must have been sitting in mud or in a wet field. But it is a 426 car….which means it will sell for more than most of us think it’s worth.

      • steven

        it wont sell for more then we think,unfortunately these muscle cars a dropping in value so fast its not worth the investment,what ever you pay this year for a muscle car ,it will be worth less next year.if you think these cars are a good investment and there going up in value you dreaming..

  7. cudaman

    What a riot!!!! Before I read the previous comment I was going to say that this car looks like it sat under water for a long time…….

  8. David Hunt

    I have a 64 dodge polare convertsble that sat in Kansas. Rusty, rusty, rusty floors. Thank goodness for a donor car floor and trunk pans, a whole pasall of work, but worth the therapy.

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  9. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    okay let’s bet down some more – they made more 1964 R code converts because…..and they made more 64 409 converts because…. and they made less 64 426 wedge converts because…..okay let’s beat this down some more

  10. Steve B

    Everyone knows a 426 street wedge is not a 426 Hemi or a Max wedge, correct? It’s a hi-po engine for sure, similar to its successor the 440-4 barrel, but it is not a rare race engine. That said, a convertible survivor is an awesome find. Could you restore it and break even given a market value of around $25-30K for a restored example? Maybe.

  11. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    and the beat goes on…..

  12. bowlzo

    My first car, acquired in 1968, was a 1964 Dodge Polara 500 with 426 (street) wedge and 4 speed. Original, intact, clean, and faster than almost anything on the road – oh yeah, and it cost me $750. Too much fun – too many tickets – cultural and consciousness shift led me to drive VW busses for decades, but I’ll always love that Dodge!

  13. GJSZ51

    Hard to believe what these cars are worth nicely restored. This one was among the fastest cars in my shop for a while.

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  14. RoughDiamond

    That barn was not kind to that car. I would say trying to wipe the dust off with moisture underneath it is what made the pictures look so bad.

  15. slickimp

    It’s a great Mopar I especially like it’s a covert but it always is amazing to me when people are trying to get lots of money and can’t even take good pictures of the car. I think a lot are really trying to hide stuff buy doing that

  16. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Steve B. – yes we most know – as for the max wedge – most were order to race only – very few were street driven – with those pistons. The hemi did not make the scene until Feb 64 for Daytona and the they were pretty much all in race cars until 1966 when you could buy the street hemi cars. For 1964/65 the 426 wedge was a hot set up you could drive on the street. The max wedge motors were never really a street motor with the compression ration they came with – although I sure some saw action on the street.

    Still have to give a nod to those R-code Fords – they were the stock ones to beat on the street !

    Lawrence

    • paul dunker

      I had a 64 grey 426 wedge Plymouth convertible and loved it. It was easy to maintain and was on of the fastest cars on the road at that time. I survived being young and foolish and wonder what that car would be worth today in good shape. That was a fun time in my life. no worries and just have fun. The last chapter is i totaled the car in an accident and thank God I was ok.

  17. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Just wondering – how many convertibles have youse guys bought/owned/driven ?

  18. David Hunt

    Own one David Hunt

  19. Douglas Orabona

    I have the same 64 fury conv auto in the same chestnut metalic but root beer brown seats with gold trim and factory 426 streetwedge but this engine is rated 415hp the max is 425hp not a huge difference and mine with this color combo is one of 18 built

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