A38 Police Pursuit Package: 1970 Plymouth Fury III

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By 1970, according to Allpar, when a person called the police, the officers would show up in a Mopar most of the time – 85% of the time in fact. This 1970 Plymouth Fury III was never a police car but it does have the rare A38 Police Pursuit Package. This project Plymouth can be found here on craigslist in Terrell, Texas, a few miles east of Dallas. The seller has it listed for $4,500 or best offer, cash only. Thanks to Ikey, H. for sending in this tip!

This car looks incredibly rough. And by rough, I mean, r.o.u.g.h! Almost any vehicle can be restored if a person has an unlimited budget and the rariety and desirability is there. Parts can be made if they can’t be found, metal can be welded, hammered, sanded and otherwise made to look like new again, but wow. I can’t imagine that this car will ever be restored, unfortunately. As my wife knows and all of you know, I’ve been wrong in the past and I hope that I’m wrong again because I’m a rabid fifth-generation Fury fan.

I’m not sure if I’ve seen a level of surface rust on a vehicle so evenly applied by nature. I’d bag it, clear coat it and go! No, just kidding of course, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The A38 package added such police goodies as heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty 500-amp battery with heat shield, bigger capacity radiator, 140 mph speedometer, etc. Speaking of the speedometer, it’s not a good sign when the seller’s only interior photo is of the speedometer, but that’s the case here. Expect a lot of work inside, too.

With no interior photos, let’s move to the engine. This.. YYYAAA! The seller says that this is an N-code 383 cubic-inch V8 and I hope that it isn’t seized up, it sure doesn’t look promising, does it? Obviously, it doesn’t run and I hope that the 4-barrel carb hasn’t been off of it since it was parked, whenever that was. This is an estate car that the seller purchased, they say, “In process of looking for title bought out of Estate.” Is this rare A38 Fury worth saving?

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Comments

  1. TimS

    I would love to have one of these. I’ve always had a thing for police package vehicles that don’t look like police package vehicles. This one might be too far gone.

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    • Gnrdude

      Yeah ALSO Shouldn’t it Have a 440 4bbl In it if it’s a Pursuit package car?

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      • Dave

        Not necessarily. Ohio Highway Patrol ran 383 Furies in 1970 cars but switched to 440s for 1971 and newer. Columbus was flooded with the things. I had a 1971 Fury that cost $600 in early 1975. PK41U1D247851 was the VIN.

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      • Jay C Calk

        Not necessarily. They made a city cruiser with 383

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      • Superdessucke

        I thought you could also get the police pursuit package with the 225 slant six, at least in some years. I know Chicago used 6-cylinder full sized patrol cars back in the mid\late 1960s.

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  2. armadillo

    No one ever has garage space for these behemoths, most donated their big blocks before final rest, a few made it to the demolition arena for a final kamikaze showdown. Too bad its not the TNT 440 version, that was a nice Police pkg. As for C bodies, I like seeing clean ragtop versions in the 4k price range.

    Like 2
  3. bull

    Nice $1000 Police Package car!

    I have been heavily involved in the Police car restoration hobby for a long time. This car nowhere near warrants the seller’s asking price for this year model car in this condition.

    Another CL fisherman!

    Like 20
  4. Ralph

    I’m dubious over everything….starting with that hardtop, police package cars were pillared cars 99% of the time, as does the missing vinyl top…..police cars didn’t have those either. This car is way to upline to have been any kind of police car.

    Like 4
  5. Mark

    My guess is, the seller would have exactly the same result as if he stood in the middle of his yard and said, “Gee, I wish five thousand dollars would just fall out of the sky, right now.”

    And he wouldn’t have to go to all the trouble of taking the pictures.

    Like 8
  6. Kenneth Carney

    I knew a guy that owned one in the mid
    ’70’s. His had the 440 police interceptor
    along with the HD pursuit package from
    the factory. His was an unmarked car
    for the Illinois State Police and he had the
    docs to prove it. Like this one, it was a
    4-door HT that looked more like a family
    car than a police cruiser. I can tell you
    first hand that these things were real
    asphalt eaters that could run down
    anything the bad guys could dream up.
    These were good for 160 MPH and
    could do every bit of it. Must’ve been
    a blast to drive knowing you had all
    that power under your right foot.
    Nice to see there’s still a few around
    these days.

    Like 4
    • Ralph

      The slick roofed non-smogged 440 in a 1969 Polara was able to run up to 141 in testing, so you’re “160 estimate” is a little optimistic to say the least, still they were the fastest police car until the LT1 Caprice in 1994.

      Like 6
  7. Tony Primo

    This guy has to go change the water in his bong.$4,500!!!

    Like 14
  8. Bill OBrien

    I got hit hard by one of these in a demolition derby, i was toast, it drove away….

    Like 2
  9. Del

    No way, Jose.

    She is junk

    Like 6
  10. Jasper

    This one has really made the rounds in the past few days. Poor, sad, mess. At least he could wash it off. Bull is right. A grand would be generous if you can glean enough needed parts.

    Like 6
  11. glenn

    this is my friend Pete’s 70 Ex Oregon detective car with police package!

    Like 12
    • Jeffro

      If Pete would let me drive it….I’ll be his friend too!

      Like 2
  12. Bruce

    My parents purchased the station wagon version of this car, used about 1974. WOW would that car go. It was the family car of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain. What a sleeper. Going down the highway it was so smooth and so easy to over take an 18 wheeler, that happened in the wink of an eye. Not great on fuel but a bright Arrest Me Yellow station wagon and of course it had the wood simulated plastic on the sides with a black interior. What fun we had then.

    Like 6
  13. Maestro1

    Scotty I, too, am a big fan of these Plymouths and this car looks like North of $30,000.00 to get its act together. This is not a car that simply cleans up and you are ready to go. But it is tempting. Thanks for the Post.

    Like 2
  14. Novaman

    My buddy back in the 80`s had a olive green fury III. I was a kid had no idea what was in that car but it was fast. We pulled up to a light and a guy in a turbo trans am wanted to drag. He beat him so bad they guy actually wimpered

    Like 1
  15. Roy Blankenship

    Crush it.

    Like 2
  16. Del

    I will give him 45 bucks for the speedometer.🙄

    Like 0
  17. PDXBryan

    One of the best looking grill/front ends ever!
    I’m surprised this didn’t get T-boned in the making of ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie.

    Like 5
  18. Old Car Guy

    I sold my good running ’70 Sport Fury 4dr six years ago for $1,000. It was all original but by no means cherry but this one makes mine look like a creampuff.

    Like 1
  19. Troy s

    Like the real pursuit cars from back then, like the previous mentioned ’69 Dodge Polara they used here in California. The one with the two spots in the back window. High performance 440 could really move one of these massive beasts with realitive ease. 0-60 in about 6 seconds, quarter mile in the 14’s at over 95; all that quickness plus a top speed of 140 plus on flat ground!
    No way was that a 440 magnum, had more, I’ve heard and read actual horsepower was closer to 415-420.
    A 383 powered car like this would have been just fine for most actual pursuits-fast response situations especially in a crowded city, but pales in comparison to those 440 pursuit specials.

    Like 1
  20. Shawn

    I’m owner of Fury in article. I have cleaned the car up since getting home really didn’t know market sinced lower the price significantly.For people that haven’t seen the car in person yeah its rough but surprisingly solid it could be brought back to life.I have found the furys build sheet,the data tags are on core support,and sticker is on Driver’s door.I just wish I could of been asked so I could tell my side of the story on the car.I really don’t care if I sell this car or not I’m Mopar guy and restore for living , I havent seen another one like it but I guess experts no different.If I knew how to share pictures I would.Not mad didn’t even know it was on here was trying to find out info on the car. It’s cool car and I guess when you list something for sale on CL it not yours lol it just seem like alot of people guessing on my car have never seen it.

    Like 1
    • Fred hether

      Is this still available 7703832317

      Like 1
  21. Shawn

    I’m the owner of the car in article.Wow didn’t see any of you at my house it cleaned up really good I found the Boardcast sheet to document car.Floorboards are solid I have to admit didn’t know market but in the end will just hang on to it I haven’t seen another car like it.

    Like 1
  22. Shawn

    Here’s Boardcast sheet

    Like 2
  23. Shawn

    Fury III A38

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  24. Shawn

    Yes haven’t had time to clean interior didn’t show pictures on purpose the first picture of when I first picked it up.

    Like 1
  25. Shawn

    Here Data tag

    Like 1
  26. Shawn

    Door sticker

    Like 2
  27. Fred hether

    Is this still available 7703832317

    Like 1
  28. Justin

    I believe that’s my old car I bought and never got a title for.same color same motor and body defects.i bought it in Tennessee which is were I’m from.i basically gave it away to scrap because of title was m.i.a if that’s not it I had the exact twin to it

    Like 1

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