Solid Family Wagon: 1972 Plymouth Fury III Station Wagon

Clean and tidy older station wagons offer a great alternative to the family looking for a classic car. This 1972 Plymouth Fury III Wagon appears to be a nice example, and it does offer a few reversible upgrades (if the next owner would prefer originality) that should make life quite pleasant for the next owner. Located in Laguna Niguel, California, you will find it listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has now reached $6,666 on this beauty, and the reserve has been met.

The gold paint on the Fury is said to be largely original, and I think that it’s a really interesting color. It seems to change slightly depending on how the light hits it, making the car into a bit of a chameleon. The paint, external trim, and the glass all appear to be in pretty reasonable (although not perfect) condition, and there are no signs of any rust anywhere on the car. The driving lights provide an interesting look to the front of the car, but I’m not completely sold on the aftermarket wheels, as the profile of the tires looks too low. They undoubtedly help the handling, but they look out of proportion on this car. Thankfully, the original rally wheels are included with the car, and I would be very tempted to refit those at some point. The addition of Challenger sports mirrors is probably a good idea, and the driver’s side mirror is remotely adjustable.

The interior of the Fury also looks quite good, although the cover means that we can’t see the condition of the dash pad. A reproduction Rally wheel would improve driving comfort, while a vintage Sun tach and aftermarket gauges would allow the under-hood health to be able to be monitored carefully. A CD player will definitely help break up the boredom on a long trip, while the rest of the interior looks impressively clean and tidy. The cargo space is enormous, so if you fancy doing a cross-country trek with the whole clan, there’s plenty of room for their luggage.

Powering the Fury is what is believed to be the original 360ci V8, while the car is also fitted with a TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, and power brakes. The car has received plenty of recent refurbishing, which should help the next owner’s mind rest at ease. The braking system features new hard and soft lines, new front calipers, a new booster, and a new master cylinder. The shock tower brace should provide a bit of additional strength and rigidity to the front end, which has been freshly rebuilt. New Koni shocks and other suspension upgrades should help the Fury handle nice and tightly. The engine has recently received a 4BBL carburetor, factory electronic ignition, custom headers, and a new dual exhaust. The owner says that the car runs and drives extremely well, which is something that I find quite easy to believe.

The practicality of a full-size wagon can never be questioned, and with it now being impossible to buy a new one, it is cars like this Fury that are left to fill the void. Their popularity continues to grow, and the next owner of this ’72 Fury III looks like they are going to own one really nice wagon.

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Comments

  1. Don H

    😎 cool

    Like 7
  2. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member

    Not sure about the Coronet hood but Long Live Long Roofs!

    Like 16
  3. Keith

    Wow! Another non-rusty Mopar, that’s a couple this week on BFs! Nice looking too! Can’t bash this one Haha!

    Like 8
    • Crazyhawk

      Promote what you love, don’t bash what you hate, which is what you are doing here also.

      Like 8
      • ctmphrs

        Crazyhawk is kind of a broken record. I am promoting broken records

        Like 2
    • Rob

      Not a Mopar guy but I love long roofs of any Genre!

      Like 4
    • Howard Ford Jr.

      Mopars of this era didn’t have serious rust issues, that was a problem with Fords. Anyone that was around at that time knows it.

      • Fred Alexander

        Ummmm – – – fairly accurate – – – however as with any vehicle regardless of the era / series, a lot depended on where the vehicles were wintered per: what was used on the roads – – – and how the owners looked after them etc.
        Yes Fords had a bigger problem as did Chev / GMC.
        And check out the rust perforation on the current generation of RAM Trucks about 4 years old or so – – yike – – – also have seen some Chevy / GMC trucks starting to rust even 5 year Avalanche models. We also have a problem here with vehicles purchased via Adesa or other auction housed in Ontario where even more adverse weather and salting of the roods occurs all winter long being shipped into Saskatchewan and Alberta already rusting after 3-3 years ahd patched up prior to sales.
        Here in Saskatchewan (a Province in Canada) the potash industry is huge and the use of tailings salt from the mines was (is) cheap for communities to obtain to mix with sand but plays HELL with vehicles.
        I’m amazed at all the new Mustang and Camaro and VW convertibles being winter driven.
        However when these become collectors cars there won’t be any fossil fuels to run them on so that’ll be the end of our collectible / restorable / vintage automobile.

  4. Frank Sumatra

    I would not touch a thing and I am very sorry I did not have this when my sons were playing travel hockey!

    Like 7
  5. Will Fox

    You don’t see the early emission-era wagons this clean too often, and this one has had some TLC. I agree on the wheels/tires; I would definitely opt for the factory-sized tires & rally rims, for not only looks but handling. And just try to find ANY SUV today with the load-carrying capacity this mammoth has! Kids today have no idea how commonplace these were for decades; I learned to drive in a car this size, if not bigger! I’d lose the fog lights, but otherwise enjoy it almost as is!

    Like 5
    • JLS

      me too, trained in on a Ford Wagon, Country Squire, and I was about 4’11 and 100 lbs. Wagon and an MG. I was so lucky.

      Like 3
  6. Tony Primo

    It’s a station wagon, not a muscle car. Lose the wheels, tachometer, hood scoops and hood pins. Then you would have yourself a fun and thirsty cruiser.

    Like 12
    • Jamie bairos

      agree

      Like 1
    • Duaney

      just what I planned to say

  7. Jeremy

    Was a 360 available in ’72?I figured this landyacht would have at least a 383,as you really need a big block to move this beast…

    Like 2
    • Fiete T.

      Yes, 1st year and the 383 was supplanted by the 400 this year- the early 400′ S are desired by engine builders, great block for building stroker motors from

      Like 1
      • Dave

        I’ve actually seen the 360 in a 71 Fury. Motors for 72 for C-bodies were the 225, 318, 360, 400, and 440.
        I had the owner’s manual for the 71Fury and it listed the 225, 318, 360, 383, 440/350, 440/375/, and the mighty 440 6bbl. A three speed stick was an option and I’ve always wondered if anyone ordered the Six Pack.

      • Paul

        I have a 71 fastback with its original 360 in it, replaced carb with a 600 4 bbl. Mostly original paint and still perfect paisley top. Insured for 10k, almost finished redoing a bunch of stuff including removing and polishing out the original wiper motor…no sports car handler by any means But Its a pleasure to take for country drive and it turns heads most anywhere I go. Won’t sell.

  8. Car Nut Tacoma

    Lovely looking car. I could do without the aftermarket tach mounted on the steering column. But the rest of the car looks perfect. Given its condition and its rarity, $6,000 looks like a reasonable price for the car.

    Like 5
  9. Marko

    This is truly one mean looking “Soccer Mommy Missile”.
    I don’t mind the wheel and tire combo. It has attitude.
    I would drive it.,

    Like 8
  10. Keith L

    No AC? I don’t see the V-twin AC compressor under the hood.

    Like 2
    • Terry martinson

      It has 5 air conditioners just got to reach highway speed and roll me down.

      Love this car. Always have been a wagon aficionado loooong b4 the trend became trendy.

      Like 2
  11. Sam61

    Like it alot…great price! Like the scoops and lights…add some mopar bucket seats/console, 17″ inch rims/taller sidewall tires-slots/trim rings…finally a vintage air unit. Very 😎.

    Like 1
  12. Fred Alexander

    I’m not a great Mopar fan but I love station wagons (had a 57 all original 35000 mile Pontiac wagon back in 1981) which a lot of club members in FIFTY 567 Club couldn’t figure because I had a 57 Pontiac Laurentian 2dr HT that I’d owned for ever.
    NOW look at the wagon popularity eh!
    Yes, I’d definitely give this car stable room and DRIVE it for sure. Even to Fifty 567 Club outings just because – – – to stir the pot,(Chevy / CM Club)
    Don’t get me wrong about my Mopar comment – – – as a mechanic used to wrench on them – – – I’m just a die hard Chevy GM type guy. – – no apologizes extended here and no need to send sympathy cards – – –

    Like 1
  13. Terry Bowman

    The Dodge 360 first came out in 71′ in vans and trucks and possible in wagons also. They were a low compression motors only, but they were famous for their “J” heads, which were similar to the famous 340 “X” head, but without the 2.02 intake valves, had the 1.60 exhaust valves. I believe they were only used two years, 71′ – 72′. The 360 was a god work motor with it’s longer stroke, while the 340 was the small block race motor for dodge. the 318 and 360 can also be made into a motor in racing form, but the 340 is “KING” of the small blocks, in my opinion.

    Like 3
  14. PatrickM

    This appears top have been hot rodded! Engine goodies, scooped hood on a station wagon(?). Someone is sending out a statement he can not back up. That heavy beast will not stand up to many challengers…and he’ll get them. However, the car is very clean and well presented. that being said, I would not buy it, but, best of luck to seller and new owner.

  15. JLS

    I bought a 100M MB 240 Wagon just to have that feeling back. I love it. Its a tank and has 4motion. Does everything a suv does but with style.

    Like 2
    • Sam61

      Ditto…I bought a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI “dirty diesel” a few months ago…love it!

      Like 1
  16. Brian K.

    I dig this car. I would just get a set of correct tires and wheels for it. The hood is pretty funny but, at this point buyers can’t be too picky. There isn’t many of cars like these out there anymore.

    Like 4
  17. John Gus

    A racing tach on an automatic? About as useful as an altimeter, and slightly less than a boost gauge on a naturally aspirated engine.
    Now, replacing it with a boost gauge, and then adding turbos in order to make that gauge useful… :)
    Not a fan of either of the wheels, and the hood pins just look ridiculous on this.
    Otherwise I like it, and could very well consider bidding for it had it been nearer.

    • Terry Bowman

      John Gus, I had a Sun Tach in my 72′ Dodge Van for years and used it when I would race shifting the automatic manually. Though the years I was able to listen to my shift points and did not use it as often. I also have a manual 4 – speed and do the same. Tachs are used for other reasons beside manual shifting. Just a note, both vehicles had 340’s in them.

  18. Jeff T.

    beautiful big wagon kids would want to be dropped off and picked up everyday from school in this.

    Like 1
    • Superdessucke

      It’s Fuselage Friday!

      Like 5
  19. 433jeff

    I had one of these with a 360, up on the highway it cruised but also used a lot of gas and oil. Dependable

    Like 3
  20. AndyinMA

    3 fuselages in a row a great day

    Like 6
  21. Gransedan

    I agree with AndyinMA. Love fuselage C bodies and this is a beautiful example.
    While the trim level of this wagon mirrors that of a Fury III, wagons were not labeled this way in this era. Wagon model/trim levels were three, Suburban, Custom Suburban, which this one is, and Sport Suburban.

    Like 1
  22. Rube Goldberg Member

    It is fun to see one again, how it escaped the demo derby,car of choice by the way, is a miracle in itself. These were the work horse of the American family. Often unwashed, unmaintained, driven hard through several family members, finally, one of the kids entered it in a demo derby, killing 99% of them. Would I stick a chunk of change souping up the motor and such,,nah, just a stock wagon like this would be good enough, the builder did a great job here keeping it like this, stock, yet kind of fancy, they were never fire breathing wheel standers, with a few exceptions. Very cool find.

    Like 2
  23. bobhess bobhess Member

    My mother-in-law had a ’72 Dodge version of this car. Hood was big enough to reskin one of my race cars.

  24. 68custom

    needs cop wheels and lose the fog lights, otherwise leave as is. Unless you happen to have a 440 laying around! cool ride for a Mopar!

    Like 1
  25. Terry Bowman

    Had a guy in our car club a few years back put a 440 – 6 pac in one. Had the single scoop. Looked Cool!!!

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