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Fantastic Fury: 1972 Plymouth Fury III

A double-loop front bumper was new for the updated fifth-generation Plymouth Fury and a lot of the fuselage design was gone from what is basically a mildly-updated 1969 to 1971 Fury. This 1972 Plymouth Fury III two-door hardtop coupe can be found here as a Barn Finds Classified and it can also be found here on eBay in Polk City, Florida. The seller has an $8,500 buy-it-now price listed.

In case you were wondering, yes, the retractable headlights work perfectly. That’s such an elegant feature. I’m a wicked huge fan of cars from this era even though most people sharpen up their claws on vehicles from this era. The vinyl top and rear fender skirts, love ’em. The only thing I notice about this whole car, really, inside or out, is the different shade between the quarter panels and adjacent doors. I’m not sure why those were painted but I have a guess. Who knows what the reason was.

The fifth-generation Fury was made for the 1969 through 1973 model years and with the aforementioned 1972 styling update, they were quite different from the previous year’s fuselage style. The wavy bump-outs on the quarter panels are a love-it-or-hate-it styling exercise. I’m on the fence about that, and I prefer the pure design of the 1969 Fury but maybe that’s because my parents had one in this same color back in the early-1970s.

The interior looks like it’s in spectacular condition in this Fury III. The seats look great both front and rear, other than some wear and what appears to be a split seam on the left side of the driver’s seatback. The seller mentions that the dome light cover is missing but everything works right down to the air-conditioning. They say that this car is solid, even the underside.

There was no longer a six-cylinder engine available and this one has the 360 cubic-inch V8 which would have had around 175 horsepower. The seller says that this one starts, runs, and drives great and there is a new exhaust system. Have any of you owned a big Fury III two-door hardtop?

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Moparman Member

    *SIGH* If only this were a 1973! The hidden headlights are cool, (and dropped for ’73) but I liked the rear end styling of the 73 better. Don’t care at all for this color. It appears to have an aftermarket vinyl top, as evidenced by the non OEM chrome trim. Aside from the slight dent over the right rear wheel, this is a very nice Fury, GLWTS!! :-)

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  2. Avatar photo Skorzeny

    I am generally a Fury fan. As I have said, I had a chance to buy a ‘70 Sport Fury GT with a 383 and I didn’t, still a huge regret. The rear fenders on this are so awkward, I don’t even know what to say.

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  3. Avatar photo Jcs

    Scotty, I must disagree with your assessment that the interior looks like it’s in spectacular condition. With just a cursory look, I find that the ill fitting and off color dash and armrest covers look awful, and the custom turn signal lever doesn’t do it any favors either.

    Cool car, but seems that a much closer look would be wise.

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    • Avatar photo Big_Fun Member

      After you mentioned the custom turn signal lever, I looked closer. That is for cruise control. I think it should be straight out. Maybe someone cranked on it.

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  4. Avatar photo William Shields

    Is this a fury III or a Gran fury? I thought the hideaway lights were only on the Gran fury?

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    • Avatar photo Jason

      There was no Gran Fury until 1974. Only a Fury Gran Coupe or Fury Gran Sedan in ‘72 and ‘73. I believe the Gran was only a different level of options in these years

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      • Avatar photo Gransedan

        Actually, the Gran Fury name did not appear until 1975. The redesigned ’74 Furys still had trim level designations I, II, III and Gran Coupe and Gran Sedan, except for the wagons, called Suburbans.

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    • Avatar photo Jeffrey Bryan

      It’s a Fury III Gran Fury came in 1974

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  5. Avatar photo bone

    At first glance I thought this was a well cared for survivor , but the more you look the more you see things are a bit off. I’m doubting the low mileage claim . The car has been repainted ; you can see overspray on wiring ,etc on the firewall . The dash pad has had some odd colored bulky wrap put around it and the vin looks like its sank an inch down into it . The carpeting looks like it was replaced with the wrong shade. As was mentioned before, the top is aftermarket and looks odd with the studs on the trim .The front end pieces dont line up right ; it looks like the bumper is either bent or out of alignment , plus the odd things going on with the rear quarters (paint? rust ? dents ?) I like Furys and had a light blue sedan years ago , but for this kind of money I’d expect one in better shape

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    • Avatar photo Major Thom

      +1. Flipper eBay seller bought it a week ago from Facebook Marketplace for $5500 (probably less) and it was overpriced even then.

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  6. Avatar photo Freddy

    Love it. I like my cars like I like my women: big, fun and maybe a little cheap.

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    • Avatar photo Big_Fun Member

      Yes…I get you

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  7. Avatar photo timothy herrod

    When I was 16 my brother who was 18 at the time got a 72 fury II, triple green with the 360. It was 1978, the car had been hit in rear quarter and damaged the corner, it would suck dust into the car if we ran the car with the windows down on gravel roads so we had to run the ac when we were on dirt. He gave less than two hundred for it, its been so long ago i really dont remember for sure, hell it may have been 125 but it was cheap. I am fortunate to still be alive after driving that thing as I liked to see how fast things will go and that one would bury that speedo and I didn’t know what a seatbelt was then. I am very lucky to have lived thru my childhood

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    • Avatar photo angliagt Member

      I agree – with all the stupid things we did with cars back then,
      only about 1/2 of us should still be alive.
      I find it more than a little bit scary that kids today have about
      2 to 3 times the horsepower,but no more brains than we did.

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    • Avatar photo Major Thom

      Apparently someone doesn’t like my pointing out that this seller just bought this car off Facebook for $3000 less than what they are now asking for it? Because my comments keep getting deleted.

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  8. Avatar photo robh693

    Somebody had a whole lot of ugly yellow vinyl laying around; enough to do the dash, arms rests AND headliner/shades. The carpet is Indoor/Outdoor fake grass. UGH!

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    • Avatar photo Major Thom

      All that “restoration” was by the previous owner. All the flipper selling it now did was buy it a week ago and put it on eBay at a nice $3000 markup.

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  9. Avatar photo William Shields

    My Mom used to say God protected drunks, idiots and children. I never drank and drove but there were many times I definitely acted like the other two behind the wheel of a car.
    A lot of times simultaneously!

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  10. Avatar photo Scott

    Looks like the dash wrap woulda been better off let alone for the correct wrap.Clearcoat peeling in places,which I don’t believe a 72 should have clear coat.Appears right quarter has some angles to it as in some bondo?Same quarter has the screws ran through the chrome strip for the vinyl top.None of these deal breakers,but misrepresent one thing and you have people crawling all over it as it should be. But the styling I remember well,my bud had one,turd brown it was! Remember him getting to close at a red light and bumped into the back of a mg I believe. Car pulls up and off road,we pull behind(like 4 of us teen agers in the land yacht) out of the little MG steps a girl in her 20’s,legs up to her neck,daisy dukes on and she proceeds to looks her car over and bending over looking up underneath,,,for a second I think us hormone driven young men forgot about the bump! Things were different then,she said all is well and we both went our seperate ways. Today we would still be paying for damage never done!

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  11. Avatar photo Frank D

    Yes folks if you were around in the 60’s and 70’s you had fun and it didn’t cost much. no seatbelts. no airbags and cars with real bumpers. I call that Freedom with fun. Today Not so much!

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  12. Avatar photo martinsane

    Pretty nice land yacht but it seems there was a typo in the asking price.

    $850.00

    Fixed it for you.

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  13. Avatar photo Lance

    I later owned a big black 1977 Gran Fury 360 and enjoyed its power on the Autobahn as my privately owned vehicle serving in Germany. As a high school student, I took driver’s education in both a 1971 and 1972 Plymouth Fury III 440 at model changeover time. My mom owned a 400 1973 Fury Gran Coupe. So yes, many memories of full size Mopar before fuel standards and declining sales killed the great Fury line.

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  14. Avatar photo Lance

    Drove a 1971 and 1972 Fury 3 in drivers education. My mom owned a 1973 Fury Gran Coupe. Years later, I drove a 1977 Gran Fury as my POV privately owned vehicle on the German autobahn. Gasoline embargos, government fuel economy standards and a shift in public buying taste to smaller cars killed a once proud model.

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  15. Avatar photo Gransedan

    The quarter panel creases on ’72 and ’73 Furys were an accommodation for a widened rear track. The rear track of Mopar C bodies was widened for ’70 and again in ’72. Also, the slanted creases both fore and aft of the wheel openings appear only on the 2 door hardtops. Four door sedans and hardtops had an angled crease ahead of the wheel opening and a straight, horizontal crease running rearward on the quarter. An exception to that is the ’72 and earlier “Formal” 2 door hardtops. These had larger rear quarter windows, shared the roof design and rear windows of the 4 door hardtops as well as the straight horizontal quarter panel character line aft of the wheel opening.

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  16. Avatar photo Richard J. Martin Member

    My Uncle ordered a 1973 Plymouth Fury III with a 225 cu in and column automatic.

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  17. Avatar photo Zedward

    My Dad had one of these POS. In a NY winter, the headlight covers froze on a daily basis.

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  18. Avatar photo Brian K.

    I had the same car but, it was a 4 door version. What a boat. I’m 5-9 and I could pretty much lay flat without bending my knees in the back seat. I felt like I was driving a tank. When I bumped into things, the car never got damaged. I’m not sure about the price listed. I’d have to really go over this one to be sure.

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  19. Avatar photo Terry J

    My old ’41 Dodge P/U that I built 30 years ago before the term Rat Rod existed: Took a ’67 D100 1/2 ton P/U frame, cut off the front and grafted on the front frame section from a ’71 Fury 3. The frame section, suspension, steering, brakes and all were attached to the front uni-body with 4 bolts – one in each corner through a rubber biscuit . Dropped out that frame section and pretty easily the old truck had/has torsion bar front suspension, power steering, power disc brakes. Also a 440, 727, 8 3/4″ posi. Still got the old clunker :-) Terry J

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  20. Avatar photo Kevin Foster

    I had a 73 fury III 2 door in ef8 forest green metallic 318 that I miss even over 8 years later,my mom had almost the same 72 in the mid 80s but with black interior,I miss it too,I agree with several posters about this being janky and over priced, but still a cool blast from the past that I would fix properly and rock it 8 month’s a year.

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  21. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    SOLD for $7,500.

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    • Avatar photo Major Thom

      Yep, there’s one born every minute ;)

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  22. Avatar photo Meredith

    I got a 72 Plymouth Gran Fury III in an olive green with a 360 for $350 in 1984. Went through New York winters and the frame was rusted and flaking apart, but New York State inspection didn’t include the frame. The rear fender wells had large aluminum panels welded over them so I don’t know what the original shape was. One day the linkage went and it would only go in reverse. I used to drive it to Ohio for college and the freeze out plugs would blow out of the engine randomly in the winter and dump all the fluid. I carried a spare plug in my coat pocket which was odd for a girl. It was huge and it went very fast until it just didn’t anymore.

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