Sexy Survivor: 1971 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe

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A “highly-trimmed pillared coupe” isn’t exactly marketing gold when referring to your sleek, beautiful new Plymouth model based on the Fury. Gran Coupe is much better. This 1971 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe is a hardtop as expected, and the company even offered a four-door hardtop version named the Fury Gran Sedan. This car has a few needs, although it looks very nice in most of the exterior photos. Thanks to Rocco B. for the tip!

Chrysler’s fuselage body style isn’t for everyone but I’m a huge fan. The same with covered/retractable/flip-up/down headlights. I really like retractable headlights on a car with a flat grille such as on this ’71 Fury, but maybe not as much on slant-nosed cars. I mean, you have z e r o aerodynamics with this wide, flat grille as it is, but popping the headlights on your TR7 or Corvette creates some wind drag.

I think this is a really elegant design, made even more so by, yes, rear fender skirts, which are in the trunk. I’d proudly install those the instant this car showed up. Talk about something that isn’t for everyone, I bet there aren’t many fans of rear fender skirts on 1970s vehicles out there. Or maybe there aren’t many fans of them on vehicles from any era. The concave rear window and loop bumpers front and rear are nice touches, too.

The fifth-generation Fury was made for the 1969 to 1973 model years with various models made for a year or two, such as the VIP in 1969 or the Sport Fury from ’69 through ’71. The interior of this car is where a lot of the work will be for the next owner. I was hoping for a nice paisley or brocade fabric seating material, but this one has two-tone blue vinyl. Plymouth called this combination front bench seat/bucket seats “integral head restraint” styling. The back seat looks like new, but the front seats have a few tears in them. There is a huge dash crack but I’m sure that Just Dashes can work their magic on this one.

The engine is Plymouth’s OHV V8, which would have had 255 horsepower. It sends power through an automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The seller says that it runs and drives, the AC and gauge cluster aren’t currently operating, and it needs tires, but a body shop confirmed that there is no bondo in the body. They have it posted here on craigslist in Ann Arbor, Michigan and they’re asking $8,000 or best offer. Here is the original listing. Are there any Fuselage fans out there?

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  1. Rex Kahrs Rex KahrsMember

    Oh yeah, I loves me a Fusie and definitely fender skirts!

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  2. Moparman MoparmanMember

    Add a set of Magnums and this baby would really pop!

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  3. Mooguypan

    We had this in gold. We kept the fender skirts on! Dad was a Chrysler employee. I drove this a bit, as I was of the age to be. Came back from school to stop by the local McD’s and backed it into the wall. I was expecting to nudge the parking block with the rear tires and be stopped but you see the rear end of that thing was so long that it hit the wall first. Bent the bumper. Dad came home from work and bent it back. Later on, my younger and unlicensed brother took a joy ride and pulled it into the garage and knocked a whole in the wall, which he slyly leaned some sheet goods in front of. Yes, it had the 360. Was a good solid car. I’d consider this if I had the room. Onward.

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  4. Nelson C

    Kind of a poor man’s T-bird. I always loved these with my favorite being the ’70 & ’72. More cubes can only make it better, right?

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  5. Dave Brown

    Wow! What a beauty. It needs the skirts on though. That’s how they were advertised and that’s how you saw them on the streets. And it’s a two door hardtop. Yeah!

    Like 11
  6. Robin Tomlin

    I’ve been on the search for a 71 Gran Coupe or Sedan (actually I think the 4dr ht has better proportions) and this one fits the bill, EXCEPT it’s not the desirable Tahitian Walnut color with wild paisley pattern vinyl top and interior. That’s the one to own!

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    • nlpnt

      I still think the fuselages’ best body style was the station wagon but I’ve always gotten the sense that unlike most cars of its’ time these were developed as a 4-door first and the 2-doors were an afterthought.

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  7. Zen

    Nice to see one that isn’t gold or green. Or, milk chocolate brown.

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  8. Joe Haska

    BARN FINDS! OMG your killing me I want this one two! STOP.

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  9. Fox owner

    Like this car a lot. Room for negotiation OBO? That crack in the dash almost looks like it belongs there but what horrors is that driver’s seat towel hiding?

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    • Scotty GilbertsonAuthor

      Fox owner, it says “or best offer” so throw a reasonable number at them, saving a couple of grand for the front seat and dash repair…

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  10. ACB

    Plymouth briefly offered a four-door hardtop version of the “Gran Coupe”. The notion of the four-door “coupe” was then still novel although Rover had been selling them for a decade-odd. Rover at least cut down the P5 coupé’s roof-line a little, a nod to the history of the word coupé (from the French coupé, an elliptical form of carosse coupé (cut carriage), past participle of couper (to cut)) but to Plymouth it was just a model name.

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  11. BobinBexley Bob in BexleyMember

    Some things come to mind when revisiting America’s days of building such land yachts & all those things seem to have the word wallow nearby.

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    • Rex Kahrs Rex KahrsMember

      Hey Bob, long time no see! I’ll be up in C’bus next week. We should get a beer.

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      • BobinBexley Bob in BexleyMember

        Call me at work, Byers Volvo. We’ll get that beer.

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  12. Rex Kahrs Rex KahrsMember

    Will do!

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  13. Keith D.

    My father had a 73 Fury III 4-door that he bought a year old in 74. I loved that car, it had the 360 motor but my had told me he was experiencing carburetor issues but eventually resolved the matter. I taught myself how to drive in that car taking it for joyrides when my father was asleep coming from work. The 72-73 Fury’s are very hard to find, maybe the police editions but as far as the domestic verions they are few and far between. I believe the 72-73 Fury’s are victims of attrition. But this 71 Fury is a very nice looking well taken care of Mopar.

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  14. Scotty GilbertsonAuthor

    How is this car still for sale?

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNWMember

      Scotty, probably because the seller was honest about what was wrong with the vehicle.

      Statements like “Needs new tires, interior cosmetic, and electrical work. Gauge cluster isn’t working. A/C is not working. There is a crack in dash, front drivers seat and headliner are torn up. Odometer stopped working, actual mileage is somewhere around 75k” tend to send buyers in a different direction because all they are seeing is the work ahead of them.

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