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Barn Find Mopar: 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury

When Chrysler’s “Forward Look” cars began hitting the showroom floors in the Fall of 1956, they looked nothing like what the rest of the industry was offering. Longer, wider, lower, sleeker, and loaded with tailfins, that’s what describes the 1957 Chryslers, Plymouths, Dodges, and DeSoto’s. These hot new cars set the industry on its ear and prompted GM to follow suit in 1959, making their 1958 models one-year-wonders. This 1959 Sport Fury is from the third year of the styling cycle and had some updates to keep things fresh. This one is said to run but needs some help in the cosmetic department after being found in a farmer’s barn. Located in Denver, Colorado, this classic is available here on Barn Finds Classifieds for $25,000.

In 1959, Plymouth did some shuffling of its product lineup. The Sport Fury became “top dog,” while the Fury was now the mid-level car and the Belvedere and Savoy the entry points. While the Sport Fury had previously been part of the Fury series, it was on its own in 1959. Only two body styles were offered (hardtop and convertible) and they only came with V8 engines. Sport Fury’s had their own level of trim, and they came with goodies like swivel front seats, a sporty deck lid with a tire cover stamping, and a custom padded steering wheel. Just shy of 18,000 Sport Fury 2-door hardtops were built that year, including the seller’s car.

According to the listing, this ’59 Sport Fury is an untouched original except for new seat covers that were added back in the day. When the seller found it, the vehicle had been languishing in a barn, but we don’t know for how long. Some bodywork is needed to fix patches of rust, like in the rear quarter panels. And it needs new paint, which would enhance both the car’s appearance and its future resale value.

This Plymouth is powered by Chrysler’s Golden Commando 395 V8 engine, which displaced 361 cubic inches and 395 ft./lbs. of torque, hence the source of the motor’s name. We’re told it starts up and runs fine but is going to need new brakes which the seller will fix before the car moves on to its new home. The Sport Fury stands out from other Plymouths, which all shared some of the 1950s biggest tailfins. Why not restore this old classic so Chrysler’s “Forward Look” design can live on?!


  1. Johnny

    From the looks of it–it needs more then paint and for $25,000 I,d say it will stay their for my part.

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  2. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Not to bad….yes it’s got a later model air cleaner but otherwise it’s all there.

    Crazy European buyers will most likely make an offer on it and it will be gone across the big pond.

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  3. Bick Banter

    Unless this is Christine’s younger sister that will regenerate itself, no way.

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    • Robert White

      Key’s in the ignition. Start it up.


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  4. Steve

    I bought three 59 Sport Fury’s in 1988 from a guy who was losing his storage. One all white with air, one was all red and one that was red and with a white top. They were all in better shape than this one. I paid 1700 for all three. I traded the all red one plus 1700 for a 58 Fury which I owned for over thirty years.

  5. Don

    These cars are usually so eaten up with rust, they aren’t restorable. I remember the ’57-59 Chrysler products having huge rust holes only 5 years after production. Starting with a car like this, you’d save $25,000 worth of rust repair at a shop and be ahead of the game.

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    • Ffred

      Where were they parked, it the Atlantic ocean? I rode in them many times back then up to 1973 and not one was rusted out, and they were mid-west cars. This one here is better than most but still a lot of work to undo years of neglect. I’ve recently seen fairly rust free (shells)bodies come up for auction but everyone of them was missing the title.

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