“Handsome & Hard-Working”–1964 Plymouth Fury Wagon

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Jamie PalmerBy Jamie Palmer

The dealer brochure for the 1964 Plymouth Fury wagon calls it “handsome and hard-working.” It looks to me that this particular car isn’t done working yet, either. Perhaps we could call it “ruggedly handsome?” It’s for sale here on eBay and is located in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

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As you can see, there are some rough edges and slight cosmetic challenges, although Mater from CARS would call them marks of experience! None of the rust is horrible, so you could arrest it as-is and drive the car if that’s what you wanted to do. I’m not sure how much the chrome would clean up after polishing, but let’s be honest–if you are interested in this car, you probably aren’t going to restore it, at least not right away. This is a drive and enjoy find!

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There’s that magic rearward facing third row of seats, where numerous children have probably made funny faces at the drivers of the cars behind them in traffic. I know I used to! The bottom of the tailgate may be the worst spot on the car; that will take some work right away to keep it from being a difficult repair.

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image courtesy autopaper.com

Here’s that factory brochure. You can see that the car on the left looks like it might be the same color as this one.

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The underside looks pretty good as well. The seller is inviting local bidders to take a test drive and view the car on their lift. Not the treatment you get from every eBay auction!

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The seller mentions that the interior is in pretty bad shape, and based on these pictures it could use some help for sure. The bottom cushion for the third row seat isn’t there, although it shouldn’t be too hard to make something up or adapt another car’s cushion to it if you can’t find an original.

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The engine is the major change from stock; the original 361 V8 has been replaced with a 383. The car is said to run and drive well, and as I said earlier, the seller is welcoming test drives. They have replaced some parts for you already, including the battery, tune up components, tail pipe & muffler, wheel cylinders, brake linings and master cylinder. You’ll have to install a light switch to be ready to drive it anywhere–are you interested in being handsome and hard-working?

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  1. Rick

    and lots of kids were thrown out of those rear facing seats and through the back window as the unhappy result of rear end collisions, often landing on the roadway and getting run over by the car doing the the rear-ending

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    • pat k

      and people had their neck snapped when rear ended for lack of head rests. it’s the way it was. heck, i stood on the bench seat next to my dad in his ’56 belair and helped him shift from 2nd to 3rd, when i was 5 years old. Seat belts, car seats, what are they?

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    • G.P. Member

      How many got decapitated when air bags first came out??

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      • Blindmarc

        Apparently, not nearly enough…..

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    • Russ

      I sat in the back of our 62 Chevy wagon and rested my head on my arms over the top of the tailgate. When I was very small my mom let me lay down across the back shelf of our 57 Chevy and look up through the back window. Dangerous? Sure. But nearly all of us survived and had a good time doing so.

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    • Larry Tate

      Rick, if you don’t like classic cars, then why…oh, never mind.

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    • Blindmarc

      We also rode in the bed of pick- ups, AND,…..WE DRANK WATER FROM THE GARDEN HOSE!!!! The insanity of it all!!!!

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  2. Blindmarc

    Great positive comment there Rick. I guess they should have recalled by Nader eh? I never heard of anyone dying or flying out as you stated. Sure it happened, but I doubt it was a common thing. We use to ride in the back of pick ups too.

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  3. scooter8

    went to the boys club camp in 71 used to ride on yhe sides with my fellow 12/13yr. olds down the hi-way to feed the pigs.late 50s pick up.ford? not a care in the world.

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  4. Bruce

    If its a station wagon.I love it!!!!

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  5. alabee

    Just like the one I bought used and already rusted with 60,000 miles in Connecticut in 1969. Stopped rusting once I got back to Alabama. Same car with a 318.
    Six of us took a camping trip to Key West and the electric tailgate window switch failed and we had to source everything from the second seat. After about 100,000 + miles I bought a new 145 in 1974. One frosty morning I backed into the bumper of the Plymouth with the new car and dented the Volvo and broke the tail light lens. No mark on the Plymouth. We affectionately called our car, Supercar. Ended trading it to a fellow for a paint job on my 66 Chevy pick up many years and miles later. What a great car.

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  6. Steve

    Cool car… Too bad its so far away… The comments on safety items, or lack of, reminds me of a story I have heard about my unlce and one of my cousins back in the sixties…My uncle was a rancher and farmer and had several 1-1/2 ton trucks through the years…One of them was a Chevrolet with no arm rests. He was making a left tun onto the shell road (we used to use oyster shell for roads in Texas) and my cousin grabbed the door handle to hold on. Unfortunately, this opened the door and he fell out. As soon as my uncle could get the truck stopped, he ran around to the back, sure that he had run over my cousin. Luckily, the momentum had tossed him in the ditch. I wasn’t around yet, but they said he was just scraped up a little, but based on the way he turned out later in life, I think he landed on his head!

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  7. Steve

    This would bee cool with a cast iron 2- 4 barrel intake with 2 500 cfm four barrel AFB’s from one of the early 60’s B engines…I have a buddy with a 69 Charger with a 383 and that’s what he is running on his.

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  8. Steve

    “this wagon was a west coast vehicle and when you view the pictures you will completely understand.”

    “I purchased this wagon from southern Maryland, her husband past away 2 years ago…”

    uhhh…

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