Texas Barn Find: 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury 440

The owner of this 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury Hardtop found the vehicle hidden away in a Texas barn. He has gone through returning it to a roadworthy state, and after having his fun with it, he has decided that the time has come for it to head to a new home. The Plymouth is located in Asheville, North Carolina, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding currently sits at $17,600 in this No Reserve auction.

The Plymouth is finished in a shade called Ebony, and when combined with the matching black wheels and dog dish hubcap, it is a menacing-looking car. The paint looks respectable, with a healthy shine and no major defects. The panels are straight, and the car’s rust problems are minimal. The owner identifies a small area around the driver’s side rear wheel arch as the only problem, with the rest of the body, the floors, and the frame all appearing to be sound. The dark paint helps the chrome and trim to stand out strikingly, and its condition is very acceptable for a driver-quality classic. The glass all appears to be in good order, with no chips or flaws. Overall, this seems to be an excellent survivor that needs very little for the buyer to take its presentation to the next level.

One area where this listing falls down is the general lack of photos that the owner supplies. We receive none of the interior and no engine photos. We know that this Plymouth is fitted with a 440ci V8 backed by an A-727 TorqueFlite transmission. The owner indicates that the vehicle has a genuine 16,450 miles on the clock, but I am not sure that this could be considered significant in this case. Plymouth didn’t offer the ’64 Sport Furry with a 440 under the hood, meaning that this isn’t a numbers-matching classic. That is why I have placed a question mark over the mileage claim. It would be important if the car were original and unmolested, but the engine change probably reduces the importance of the odometer reading in a case like this. The full specifications of this V8 aren’t known, but the owner indicates that it wears aluminum cylinder heads. He also suggests that it is fitted with an aggressive camshaft, allowing it to produce copious amounts of power. He says that the exhaust crackles to let everyone know that you mean business and that the Fury runs and drives very well. The interior is a mystery beyond it being trimmed in Red. What we glimpse shows vinyl trim that is free from apparent tears and a back seat that has no sun rotting. The headliner also appears to be good, but beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.

Some owners will advertise a classic car and supply more than enough information to satisfy our hunger and thirst for knowledge. Others will list a car with some tantalizing details that leave us longing for more. This 1964 Sport Fury falls into the latter category. My instincts tell me that this is a great car that would serve its next owner well as a lively and tidy survivor. However, instinct alone is not enough for anyone to commit to handing over a seven-figure sum for a classic car. Potential buyers will need to hope that the owner is willing to answer questions because I suspect that anyone who is taking this car seriously will have plenty of them. Would you be willing to chase this one further?

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Comments

  1. daniel wright

    Putting a fart can on any car automatically qualifies you as having an Innie, and I don’t mean belly button.

    Like 17
  2. Troy s

    Mopar,
    MO——PAR.
    Keep you’re cartoon inspired Road Runners and groovy Chargers.
    This is what comes to mind when the word Mopar is spoken. Simple, powerful, and plainly sinister. Great ride!

    Like 12
  3. Gary Rhodes

    Nice ride, great color combination. I had a white one with a 383, ran really well.

    Like 5
  4. cyclemikey

    To read the seller’s description, just set your Google Translate to go from “Bubba” to “English”. Bet you didn’t know that the gummint outlawed the push button shifter, huh?

    BTW, Adam, a “seven figure sum” would be a million bucks or more. I really don’t think anyone is going quite that far on this Plymouth.

    Like 5
  5. Vince H

    Why was the engine replaced with only 16k miles? 440 did not come out till 66

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  6. Nikrnic

    It’s a pretty terrible ad.

    Like 3
  7. ChiTownJeff

    The seller leaves at least $5,000 on the table based on the bad pics and poor grammar in the ad.

    Like 2
    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      This never makes sense to me, but we see it all the time. I just assume the seller is lazy and/or figures they have something so desirable that they don’t need to put much effort into selling it. Somehow the real estate industry has figured out that marketing is important to fetching top prices.

      Like 2
  8. Martin M

    16,450 original miles: one-quarter mile at a time.

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  9. Lance

    The federal government did NOT outlaw push button transmissions. Lynn Townsend then president of Chrysler ,wanted them gone as quick as possible to get away from the dated ‘forward look’ It was a decision made by Mopar not the government.

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    • Ed P

      Mopar thought the push buttons were a sales deterrent to some people.

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    • Gary

      They were cool, but hard for the novice to figure out. I can see why they were changed. Always thought a push button auto would look cool on a console, like something James Bond would use.

      Like 2
      • Russ Ashley

        I can’t figure out why some one might find the buttons hard to figure out. They had the gear printed in block letters plainly on the button, and everyone is familiar with at least some device that you operate by pushing buttons. In my family we have had six Mopars with buttons and we loved them. I’ve always been told that the reason for changing away from them is what ED P. said. That’s too bad too, because we who had them loved them.

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  10. moosie moosie

    I saw 2 pictures of the engine in the EBAY listing, it has a nice chrome alternator, & polished aluminum MOPAR PERFORMANCE valve covers, and a couple of the very tidy interior. Very hard to guess why with so little miles the engine was replaced unless it was owned by a little old slant six or 318 lady who passed away and was sold to a gear head so they could build their street machine. All in all a nice car too bad there were no closeups of the bubbly wheel arch.

    Like 2
  11. Chris M.

    “Chester” or “Ken Jennings” or “Billy007” or myriad of other names you use…in general I don’t believe people who are secure in their sexuality make far reaching analogies that reference phallic size. Loud mufflers can be obnoxious yes, but as a result it never crossed my mind as whether or not the driver was poorly endowed. Is this your coming out party?? If so congrats Chester! 🌈

    Like 31
  12. Glenn

    Its not a Sport Fury but a Fury, It even says so on the trunk lid,along with the single emblem that is askew in the middle, Sport Furys had three along with engine turning on the side trim, no red insert as in this Fury. Also Sport Furys had bucket seats and .

    Like 4
    • Curt Lemay

      I think you are right, Sport Furys had buckets, but this isn’t even a Fury. It is a notch below that, but still an amazing car. The 426 wedge was basically a slightly smaller 440. I never wanted a car like that, but when they were in the show rooms, I stopped to peak under the hood just the same.

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  13. Howard A Member

    In case the crowd, including writers, are too young to remember, these cars kicked axx in stock car racing in the mid 60’s. We had “The Milwaukee Mile” that was USAC, and half the field had ’64 Plymouths. The most successful was a man named Norm Nelson. He worked a Plymouth dealer in Racine, Wis. and had 3 entries. Roger McClusky, and even A.J. Foyt. He had a very successful team in the midwest, with 35 victories, 11 at Milwaukee. He was always a hometown favorite.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/399624166923481619/

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    • Curt Lemay

      Thank you Howard for this post. I had forgotten about that, a great memory now I remember it!

      Like 1
  14. Steve R

    Sold with a high bid now of $22,000.

    Steve R

  15. Rick

    I had a ‘64 Sport Fury (426 4 speed) in high school and college. This car appears to be a normal Fury. There are no apparent Sport Fury emblems anywhere. There should be one on each rear quarter panel and one on the right rear trunk. Also the SP Furys had knurled side trim molding instead of paint. Not being able to see the interior I bet it has a front bench seat instead of bucket seats and a console with built-in tack. Just my observations. RK

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