Factory 383: 1963 Plymouth Fury

While there will be some work for the new owner to do on it, this 1963 Plymouth Fury looks like a solid and attractive car that would be nice to own. Barn Finder Miguel spotted the Fury for us, so thanks so much for that Miguel. If this is a car that ticks the boxes for you. You will find it listed for sale here on Craigslist. It is located in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and is being offered for sale with a clean title.

While it generally looks quite good, the owner believes that it has undergone a partial repaint at some point, as the paint appears to be thin in a few places, and some of the color matches are off. There are also holes in the tops of the fenders where the owner has relocated the mirror from the fender to the door. My favorite bit of the description though is where he informs us that there are scratches on the hood and that these could be from barbed wire, or a cougar. The car also comes with the original full-size factory hubcaps, as well as the poverty ones.

The Fury comes equipped with a 383ci 4-bbl, a TorqueFlite transmission, and a Posi rear end. The owner says that the car runs strong and goes well, but the engine is using oil for some reason. That will require some investigation, but it could be something as simple as valve guides or valve stem seals. The car has recently received a new battery, new brakes, a new master cylinder, and new tires. I also noticed that while it isn’t mentioned, the Fury is fitted with power steering.

For me, the highlight of the Fury is its interior. The owner describes it as an 8/10, but I think that he might be being a bit harsh on that front. There are some cracks in the wheel, and the car has been fitted with an aftermarket tachometer and oil pressure gauge, but the rest of the interior looks to be in really good condition. The owner says that the factory radio doesn’t work, and there is an issue with the wipers not working. The radio is probably not a real problem, but the issue with the wipers would need to be addressed fairly quickly.

As a car, this 1963 Fury appears to be nice and solid. The interior looks good, and it wouldn’t take much to whip the paint into shape. Being fitted with the 383 V8 is a big plus, as the 4-door sedan is probably the least popular car in the Fury line. The oil consumption problem is a bit of an unknown, but the fact that the engine hasn’t lost power is positive. The owner has set the price of this Fury at $5,800. Would you be willing to take it on?

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Comments

  1. TimS

    Red on red is more of a downer for me than any number of doors. This interior doesn’t look to be the same headache-inducing shade that came on every Chrysler from about a decade later so it’s liveable. Play with the 383 and make it a fun cruiser.

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  2. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Not a bad price for condition…..

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  3. Bob C.

    Good to see one of these still around. Growing up, they were your typical not so expensive family sedan. A lot of them (Belvedere, Savoy) wound up taxi cabs.

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  4. Ian McLennan

    63 Fury’s look great as a 2 dr ht, but they are also one of the few body designs that look very nice as a 4 dr post.
    Love the style from the front, side and rear. Also love the interior and dash.
    Great car all around!! 👍👍

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  5. j Liu

    More terminology corrections.
    Dog dish, poverty caps,..good grief, at least those derogatory phrases weren’t used when describing Hub Caps. Hub caps were standard on most vehicles and described as such because they covered, yes, the hub. Purely functional to keep water, salt, mud, and thus corrosion away from the lug nuts and wheel bearing caps. Some manufacturers offered optional trim rings with the hub caps to make them appear as spiffy as, but cheaper than, the more expensive wheel covers.

    Wheel covers were optional on most vehicles, except on the most expensive cars. These covered the wheels almost entirely are were far more dressy than the basic standard hub caps. Back in the day, the majority of single pay earner-working families bought a car as transportation and not very often to impress the neighbors or coworkers. Since everything was pretty much an extra cost option in those days, after opting for a heater, for window washers, for a rear view mirror and maybe, just maybe an automatic transmission or a push button radio, there was no money available to be spent on fancy wheel covers and white walls.

    It was much different back then and really, not so bad:)

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    • Dave

      In the early and mid 60s things like backup lights and seat belts were optional. A neighbor owned a 65 Biscayne that had metal covers where the backup lights went. My father was upset because our 66 Olds Delta 88 came with seat belts and the insurance company classified it as a “sports car” . Disc brakes would earn you a higher premium as well.

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  6. Henry

    My family bought a new ‘63 4 door Fury with a 383 2 barrel carb and 3 on the tree. Dark blue. Great car. Had really good pickup and never an engine problem. Parents had it for over 20 years. Sold it to a family needing a school car.

  7. Miguel

    This is just like my baby girl, although mine has many more options.

    Those “hub caps” are the wrong style for 1963, but they look OK.

    The prices of the parts have gotten so outrageous for specifically this year model, that it is hard to find anything for the car without breaking the bank.

    People are fixing many more 1963s over the 1962s and the 1964s.

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  8. W9BAG

    This was my first car, purchased in 1974. Mine had the police package: 140 certified speedo, dual point Mallory distributor, vinyl on the floor, power steering (no pb), and heavy duty everything. Ran like a raped ape. Just the car every 16 year old kid needs. I offed a ’67 327 ‘Vette with that car. VERY powerful, indeed.

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    • moosie Craig M Bryda

      Did the Vette guy know you were racing him ?

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  9. Gay Car Nut

    Nice looking 63 Fury. The only problem I have is that there’s more than one pic of the same thing. I see two pics from the same vantage point of the trunk. I believe you should only have one pic of each vantage point of the car. Otherwise it’s a lovely looking car. I hope it goes to a good owner who will enjoy it.

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  10. Jasper

    Did I not see this car for sale recently in a car port looking solid but kinda forlorn? Seems it had full wheel covers, hence the black wheels.

  11. The One

    Power stand tire smoker…These cars run hard!

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  12. Del

    Nice Sleeper.

    Usually a 383 was a commando option with call out flags on fenders but there were about 3 different 383 engines on offer in 63. So this may not be a commando.

    There is cowl tag pic and engine identification canbe made from that.

    Not a pretty car the sedan but probably quite fast.

    So you low ballers get into action. Just as requested.😁😂

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  13. Doug

    I had a 62, and it used oil- had 156 K on the engine when I traded it for a 55 Chevy with factory A/C…. The guy traded it to spun a rod bearing in a street drag several months later – he was 2 quarts low. I had warned him to check the oil whenever getting gas, and always carried a couple of quarts of 50w in the trunk…….

    I’d fix the oil consumption, add A/C, maybe do some paint work, and drive and enjoy this baby. Probably switch out the 4bbl for an EZ or FAST EFI unit, and get much better economy without sacrificing any performance.

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  14. Rennoc

    My first car was a ’63 Plymouth Belvedere 9 passenger station wagon. Push button tranny, 3 row sets backward. Not to wide, but long. Would love to have that one again

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  15. Robert White

    My father had a 63 Fury Slant-Six push button transmission brand new in 63 in Toronto. The car was nice the first few years and then the chrome on the bumpers started peeling…oh wait…I actually helped it peel when I pulled on the chrome peels. The engine always stalled in the rain so predictably that one could bet large that the thing would stall out every trip in the rain.

    I still have Super-8 film of me riding in the car in around 64. I have even better footage of my ride around the block in my uncle’s 64 baby blue Cadillac which was far superior a car even to a kid.

    The only interesting thing about these Fury products is the push button trans.

    Dad sold the car to a mechanic in 1971 for $100.00 CDN.

    The next piece-of-#$%# he bought was a 1971 Maverick slant 6.

    Now everyone knows why I am a GM man.

    Bob

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  16. Morley Brown Brown

    Just two (2) too many damn doors.

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  17. Vince H

    These were a big improvement over the 61 and 62.

    • ctmphrs

      Just cause the 62 was the ugliest car virgil designed.

  18. Glenn

    My dad bought my 63 Savoy slant six stick in Jan 64. I took my driver test in in in 69, I bought it from him in 71 and still have it today with over 300K on it! Its got a few Fury pieces I added over the years to dress it up, Like wheel covers, radio, clock, rear cove trim, and the wide whitewalls that are not correct but I like them. Its now been in our family four generations, 55 years and counting!

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    • Miguel

      Glenn, here is a picture of my Mexican Spec ’63 Savoy. I know it is a Savoy because the VIN starts with 213, however here in Mexico they sold it with quite a few of Fury trim parts.

      You will notice side trim which in the US was only on the Fury’s.

      Also it has the sail panel emblems.

      It also has the chrome trim around the windows.

      One more thing that is different is that it doesn’t have the tapered axle in the rear. That was something I was glad to see. The rear drum comes off just like a normal car.

      This car was made in Mexico but I don’t understand the styling differences. I mean why spend the money to create new parts just because it was made in another country.

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      • Miguel

        For reference here is what the car looked like when I got it. I had already changed the wheels by the time I took this picture, but he was badly abused.

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      • Miguel

        Here is a picture of the rear axle design on the Mexican cars. I wish they had done that to the American cars. It took my 35 years to get the rear brakes done on my Fury.

        Looking at it, I guess it have the tapered axle, they just used a drum the slip over the lug nuts instead of making it one piece like in the US.

  19. Glenn

    Here is a front shot of my 63 4 door. The only options this car had were back up lights and front bumper guards! I like the rare two tone on the featured car and yes those are 62 hub caps on it, 63 had no indentations.

  20. glenn

    Miguel. Nice job! Yes was the Savoy priced like the states Fury seeing its all dected out like one. did it have the Fury split bench seat and door panels too? Did they have Savoy, Belvedere, Fury and Sport Fury? I see Sport Fury wheel covers on yours. I also own a Sport Fury convertible 383 four speed. Yes with out the puller those rear drums are impossible to get off!

    • Miguel

      Glennn, when I got this car, it had Nissan front buckets.

      There were no door panels on it at all.

      In Mexico, you had your choice of any car you wanted as long as it was a Savoy with a slant six. Only Ford was allowed to have a V8 engine in their cars.

      Maybe that is the reason why it had a few extra trim pieces on it, as it was the only choice and it had to compete with Galaxies and Impalas.

      I have seen others that were Mexican cars but were pushbutton autos.

      Like this one.

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  21. Miguel

    Here is the interior from that one. It looks like the bench seat was available.

  22. Glenn

    Yes this one has the Savoy door panels and bench seat with no fold down arm rest that the Fury in the states got. I see this one also has a 64 hood with its different front trim piece. that’s very interesting about the Mexico cars, could you get a hardtop or convert and wagon? Where are you? Im in Wi.

  23. glenn

    Yes this one has Savoy door panels and bench seat. Very interesting how the cars in Mexico were marketed. Could you get a hardtop or convert or wagon? I see this car also has a 64 hood with the corresponding front trim. Im in Wi, You?

    • Miguel

      Glenn, only a 2 door and a 4 door sedan were available. I wish wagons were sold here, but they weren’t.

      It looks to me like he put the ’64 chrome trim on a ’63 hood.

      I am in Sinaloa, Mexico. I am sure the name rings a bell.

  24. glenn

    Miguel. Yes it also has the 64 hood ornament spear but ornament is gone. the hoods are interchangeable but would need to have holes filled and drilled for Plymouth letters of 63. Again very interesting learning about 63 Plymouths in Mexico! thanks for all the info! Sorry but no it dosn’t

    • Miguel

      Glenn, you have never heard of the Sinaloa cartel?

      El Chapo was caught 1 block from my sons school.

      Have you seen the new season of Narcos Mexico on Netflix? It is all about what happened here back in the ’80s.

      It it interesting to me because I look at cars all over the country and now when I look at a Grand Marquis in Guadalajara, I have to wonder if it was involved with any of those bad people.

      I guess the original paperwork would tell me who the original owner was, and that might be interesting.

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  25. glenn

    Miguel. Sorry wife wont let me have cabel so no Netflix. so my history of Mexico is wanting. May be now that Im retired and want to travel we can come down someday and see your wonderful city and its unique 63 Plymouths!

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