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Stored 14 Years: 1969 Plymouth Fury III

We had a 1969 Plymouth Fury III sedan when I was a kid so it’s always fun to see them today, even if they aren’t in ready-to-rumble condition. This 1969 Plymouth Fury III, or is a II?, can be found here on eBay in Neillsville, Wisconsin. I’m wondering whether it’s a Fury II or Fury III due to the badge on the front fender looking like a II to me, but the VIN decodes it to being a Fury III and there are clues that confirm it as being a Fury III. There is an unmet opening bid of $1,600 and no reserve after that.

We have other clues as to whether this is a Fury II or Fury III by looking at things such as the wheel trim and being a hardtop four-door sedan which wasn’t available on a Fury II, so I’m pretty sure that it’s a III. The front badges are hard to see being incredibly pixelated, and they look like they’re showing a “II” to me. That’s what was throwing me off, but I’ve been wrong maybe once or twice before (cough) (crickets). Any thoughts? I mean, on it being a Fury II or Fury III, not on me being wrong in the past. I think it’s a Fury III after talking it through, thanks for hangin’ in there with me. Whew, I need a nap, or a drink – or both.

The Fury III came in a four-door hardtop sedan so that should confirm that this is a Fury III, I don’t believe that the Fury II came in a four-door hardtop sedan body style. So, now that we’ve firmly (?) established that it’s a Fury III, let’s check out the rest of this fuselage project Fury! You can see dents and dings and some rust and what appears to be a removed vinyl top so there’s a lot of work to do.

The seller says that this car is from North Dakota which should have helped to preserve it. Yes, they get snow there but from what I recall from several years spent in College there, they didn’t use road salt, just sand, so that may be why it looks more solid than usual. Then, after the Fury’s NoDak stint, it apparently moved to Wisconsin and has been stored indoors for the last 14 years. The current owner has had it for a year.

The fantastic seats with the brocade fabric are almost impossible to beat in my world. The only thing that may be better would be red seats in the same fabric, but in a brown car that would be a bit jarring. I’m not sure what condition things are in overall because there aren’t many interior photos and unfortunately, there is no engine photo. It has a 230-hp 318 V8 according to the VIN and the seller has it listed as a 318, also.

In a legendary forehead-slapping moment, I passed on buying what may have been the nicest, original 1969 Plymouth Fury III sedan in the country. I wrote about it here on Barn Finds three years ago and I actually went to see it. It was painfully nice, just absolutely a jewel. It wasn’t a hardtop sedan, unfortunately, that would have put it over the top. If it would have been a VIP edition with power windows, I would not have been mentally or physically able to pass on it.

The seats are fantastic but it looks like they may be quite worn and thin in spots. I don’t know if SMS Fabrics would even have this OEM fabric or any stretchy brocade fabric to match but it’s worth a try. The seller says that the car runs and drives but it needs brake work and probably a general cleaning of the fuel system and it most likely needs other work. Are there any Fuselage Fury fans out there other than me?


  1. Avatar photo Skorzeny

    Scotty, in my early twenties I had the great honor to work with a gentleman who was a waist gunner on a B-17. He owned an orange, 1970 Sport Fury GT in great condition. I think it was a 383 but this was a long time ago. Anyway, I could have had it for $3000, and passed on it. So stupid. I still kick myself. I really like the look and presence of this era Fury. Unfortunately for this one, it’s a four door that needs work, so it probably won’t find a living home. Makes me sad.

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  2. Avatar photo DrillnFill

    I’m not normally one for “patina” but I would leave the body as is (for now at least) and have fun with it. Some simple things like maybe a Flowmaster to make that 318 a little more fun, some black steel wheels and white letter tires. Clean it good and have some fun 😎

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  3. Avatar photo flmikey

    I put my Mark Worman autopsy report glasses on and tried to read the fender tag…I could not figure out if it’s a II or III either…this could be a fun project for the money…

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  4. Avatar photo George Louis

    My guess is this is a Fury 111 because I do not believe you could get a Fury 11 as a four door hard top, Also, interior seat cover is Premium for a Furry 111.
    Body side moulding is Fury 111 type.

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  5. Avatar photo Kenneth Carney

    A friend of mine named Bob Dwyer owned one of these in red. His was
    equipped with a 440 police interceptor
    and all the cop stuff that came with it.
    Talk about a long legged beast, that thing would top out at 140+(?) and still
    had that floaty big car ride that everyone
    wanted back then. Turns out it was an
    unmarked supervisor’s car for the Illinois
    State Police! I’m with the gentleman who kicks himself for not buying that Fury GT as I had the chance to buy Bob’s
    car when he put it up for sale in ’76. But
    I was playing music a lot back then and
    had no time for it. Hey Mike! Here’s a
    project for you!

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  6. Avatar photo Will Fox

    Trim and interior tell me this is a Fury III. Fury II’s didn’t have the trim panel between the taillights, or the badge on the front fender. Or the brochade interior.

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  7. Avatar photo Dave

    Second letter of the VIN number tells the trim level…Low, Medium, or High. A “K” here indicates police car. “X” is found in 1968 fastback two door Furies. Fury 1= L, Fury 2=M, Fury 3=H.

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    • Avatar photo Bill-W

      Actually, the 1969 Fury was –
      E – Fury I
      L – Fury II
      M – Fury III
      S – Sport Fury
      O – V.I.P.
      K – Police

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      • Avatar photo Bill-W

        Error 1969 –
        P – (not O) – V.I.P.

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  8. Avatar photo Jay

    Any 4 door love out there ?

    Cool car

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    • Avatar photo nlpnt

      IMO four doors are a real plus on this car since the 2-door fuselages have a real proportion problem, their roof looks like it was meant for a much smaller car.

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  9. Avatar photo George Louis

    Attn: Dave your comment about Vin Number you state refers to 1968 Plymouth Fury. The car pictured in the article is a 1969 Fury and does not even come close to a Cop Car Interior nor does it have Unity Spot lights mounted on the windshield A Pillars. Unity Spot Light out of Chicago, Il was the Official Spot light Supplier for Chrysler Corporation during the sixties, seventies and eighties.

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  10. Avatar photo Phil B.

    These are great demolition derby cars.

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  11. Avatar photo Big Grouch

    In 1970 one could order a 440 Six Barrel in the Sport Fury GT. If I owned this car I’d source the hideaway headlights of that model, a 440 Six Barrel engine, and a 4 speed and make a one-of-none four door Sport Fury GT.

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  12. Avatar photo Mike

    My grandparents owned a 69 Fury III, just like this but it was equipped with the 383 really loved that car. And boy it would scoot when you pushed on the fun pedal.

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  13. Avatar photo Mack

    the front seat is from a 71 C body. its a Fury III

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  14. Avatar photo Maestro1

    I had a ’68 Convertible. They are great cars, lousy instrument panel switching equipment, meaning cheap, as well as door hardware. I loved it anyway. I put a ton of miles on it, no issues, terrific American hardware. Buy this, give it what it needs and enjoy. I have no room.

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    • Avatar photo Big Grouch

      I had a ’67 Fury III convertible. The radio had the goofy thumb wheels, mine didn’t work so I had an under dash 8 track for entertainment. 383 and bias ply tires would stripe the pavement all day. I replaced the high beam lights with aircraft landing lights, many of my high school classmates did that on 4 headlight cars. All Mopars of that era had left hand thread lug nuts on the right side and the one finger power steering for zero road feel.

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  15. Avatar photo K. R. V.

    Ok if memory serve me, this is what is known as a Sport Sedan, then there was the Hardtop Sedan, the difference between the two are door/window frames and B Pilar Posts in the regular Hardtop Sedan, with the glass rubber glass in the Sports Sedan! See in 1974, I bought a Fury I Hardtop Sedan, that came with a three on the tree, 318, AM radio, power steering and power brakes, disks in front, that also came with a tow package, that also included a no ice 3:55 Trac Loc rear. It was a Forestry Service Car, used to tow a small boat I all I was told. I didn’t really care, I was only 19, a PFC stationed at FtCarson CO. So the car was actually in great shape, in Forest Green! Well my friends and I from the Motor Pool did some amazing kids to that hulk! That is exactly what we called it! Like replacing the simple 3speed with a nice 4speed and nice 440/4 brl, out of a wreaked in the rear Road Runner another Corporal in a nearby Company was rear ended in by a snow plow!! So we cranked up the front torsion bars to raise it almost an inch, with an add a leaf in the rear, while replacing the stock shocks with the biggest Monroe Max listed for a Fury III Station Wagon! The he’ll raising we did with that car! Just short of Dukes of Hazard river jumps! All over the dirt roads in The Cheyenne Mountain Range and Rampart Range Road! Not to mention high speed hyjinks on the Interstates! Up to 125 mph at 3,800 rpm in 4th gear! With ease and still climbing! Man could that big car take bumps! But 8-14 mpg was tough, even though gas was only like $.40/ gal, as a PFC I was only making like $407/mo!! But I could take 4 friends in comfort with all our stuff camping and stuff!

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  16. Avatar photo John Gallucci

    I have had my 1969 Plymouth Fury 3 Convertable for 44 years and still love it, it has the 383 magnum in it, all factory with 87,000 miles.

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  17. Avatar photo Jeff Nowicki

    That’s at least a Fury III by the size of the rear lights.

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  18. Avatar photo Jeff Nowicki

    Scotty, I own the Fury you saw in Duluth a few years back. It’s almost an exact copy of my high school car. I like the car listed here as it’s a no post car.

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  19. Avatar photo Joe Spinelli

    318?!?!? Talk about a buzzkill

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    • Avatar photo Phil D

      In ’69 and ’70 there wasn’t much to choose from in a Fury unless you were willing to step all of the way up to a B or RB engine, and if you did you were then approaching the cost of a Chrysler Newport, which shared the showroom at most Plymouth dealerships, so most dealers stocked Furys with the 318. The 360 didn’t debut until ’71.

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  20. Avatar photo John Blydenburgh

    In 1970 I purchased a Gran Fury w/383, loved the body style I upgraded to an Chrysler Imperial in ’72. Great cars!

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  21. Avatar photo Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    This auction ended early due to an error in the listing.

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