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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1970-71 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

Jim Brennan February 14, 2014 Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage 29 Comments

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to show that once and for all a full-sized car can be classified a performance machine. 1970 was quite a year for the performance car market, with more models available than ever before, including compacts, mid-sized, and full-sized cars. That includes this full-sized bruiser, The Plymouth Sport Fury GT.

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The 1970-71 Plymouth Sport Fury GT was Plymouth’s somewhat belated attempt at a high-performance full-size model, produced in very low numbers for these two model years only. Though a Sport Fury sub-series had been offered previously as the top of Plymouth’s big-car line and was available with the division’s largest engines, the GT version offered a bit more.

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As part of Plymouth’s 1970 “Rapid Transit System,” this two-door hardtop was decked out with the big-block Super Commando 440 V8 with a single four-barrel carb, good for 350 horses. A 390-bhp version with Plymouth’s Six-Pack (a trio of two-barrel carburetors) was optional, and was the only Chrysler full-sized “C” body to ever receive this engine. The 440 six bbl engine was the same engine that first appeared on the 1969 Road Runner and Super Bee. Based on the 375 hp Magnum 440, the 390 hp rating was achieved through the use of the 3x2V carburetor setup. The only difference from the 1969 version is the substitution of a cast iron intake manifold rather than the Edelbrock aluminum manifold. The GT package also included heavy-duty underpinnings, high-upshift TorqueFlite automatic transmission, extra-wide 6″ road wheels, fiberglass-belted H70 x 15″ tires and bodyside “strobe stripes.”

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On the inside, the Sport Fury GT was offered with a cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl bench seat with fold-down center armrest. Optional all-vinyl buckets could be added for that added performance touch. If buckets were your style, a console was also available. The instrument panel was floodlit and easy to read and reach.

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As with most Muscle Cars of the day, the Sport Fury GT was offered with several High Impact colors, including In Violet, Limelight, Lemon Twist, Vitamin C, Tor Red, and – during the mid-year refresh – Moulin Rouge and Sassy Grass Green. And since the GT was based on the Sport Fury, it received standard hidden headlights and was trimmed to a higher level. For the 1970 model year, records indicate that only 666 Plymouth Sport Fury GT’s were produced, with what is believed to be around 64 of those powered by 440 6-barrel engine. According to the 1970 Sport Fury GT 440-6 Registry, 11 are known to exist.

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The Sport Fury GT returned for the 1971 model year, and was really the only Full-Sized performance car offered by the Big Three during this time period. Changes include offering a 370-horsepower Super Commando 440 while the 440 six-pack option quietly disappeared from the Full-Sized ranks (though it was still offered on the newly re-styled Road-Runner, GTX, and the ‘Cuda), along with the usual yearly shuffle of grill textures, tail-light updates, and a wild new “Strobe Stripe” that circled the car. But by 1971, the performance car boom was about to go bust, and the Sport Fury GT was no exception. Only 375 were produced before Plymouth threw in the towel.

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Here is another full-sized car marketed as a Muscle Car, that saw limited sales success. We have taken a look at the Mercury Marauder X-100, and the Ford Galaxie 7 Litre, as well as the Chrysler 300 Hurst. These cars were overshadowed by the mid-sized rockets of their day, and their sales numbers reflected this. However, what do you think? Is the Plymouth Sport Fury GT an Obscure Muscle Car, and does it belong in the Garage, or is it just a full-sized luxury car of the 70′s with no place in Muscle Car lore? Let me know.

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Do you think the Plymouth Sport Fury GT is Obscure enough to be included into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage?

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  • You could still get a 1971 Chevy Impala coupe with a 365hp 454 V-8 too.

  • GTXcellent

    I don't believe the A-833 (4 speed transmission) was available, all Sport Fury GTs use a Torqueflite 727. A column shifted 3 speed manual was the base tranny on the Fury I, II, and III, but only with 6 cyl or 318 cars.

    • UDman

      Actually, you're right… look at the chart below (that you provided…)

  • dukeisduke

    That first picture looks strange, with the PLYMOUTH letters right in the center. That must be a pre-production photo.

    • Dutch

      It didn't have the turn signal lights in the hood, either.

  • GTXcellent

    I think I can lean towards muscle car here. Sway bar handling packages, police brakes, high impact colors, and especially that six-pack set up. Plus, this car was specifically marketed in Plymouth's Rapid Transit System. It isn't just a big block equipped full size coupe.

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  • Fred

    Large and in charge!

  • Dutch

    I know it says the 440 6pak was available, but did they make any that way? I've been an old Mopar guy for a really long time and I have never seen one.

  • Mike C

    Looks like a winner, and a successorto my long-lamented 65' Sport Fury I had in college that was about given away in '79—in trade for what everyone suddenly wanted–the orange Rabbit.

  • racer139

    Last Sunday I was browsing the local want adds when I came across a 70 fury coupe in black with that same blue interior, 440/727, wheels and caps. And a set of police spec caps all for $2800 in Canadian funds. An hour later I went back to find the phone number and it was gone. So much want and. I'm no Mopar guy.

  • Marc

    Man, that's such a pretty car. Such sleek, clean lines. And it looks so sinister in black. I want one.

  • Ate Up With Motor

    The High Impact colors seem like an odd choice for these — the sort of buyers Chrysler was hoping to snare with that kind of thing were not likely to buy a full-sized Fury regardless of engine.

  • J. Swaggart

    Here in the bible belt, it's immensely desirable as one of only two cars personally blessed and approved of by Jesus Himself.

    For He drove them out of the temple in His Fury.

    • NotJustDucky

      I wonder if it was a hand-me-down from his father, for the Lord drove Adam and Eve out of Paradise in his Fury, too.

    • HeeeeyJake

      Reminds me of that Jesus Honda photo…

      JESUS DROVE A HONDA BUT DIDN'T TALK ABOUT IT…

      "For I did not speak of my own accord…"
      -John 12:49a

      • Rover1

        Although he certainly carried others in it.

        "For they were all in one Accord"
        Philippians 2:2

        And of course there are lots of mentions of chariots

        "And the King of Egypt had his Chariot made ready" "And he took 600 of the best chariots"

        Exodus 14: 6&7

        Although I don't think that particular model name was used by Mitsubishi in the USA
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  • Oh. I was trying to Google Furry. My bad…carry on.

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    • Vairship

      Those ARE the factory colors, though…

  • MrDPR

    I don't know how anyone could not see the big Fury as a muscle car. A Buick Wildcat, Impala SS, a Galaxy 500 XL, Mercury Marauder or a Bonneville coupe were all about the same size and capability & we all know those as muscle cars.

  • mr smee

    Absolutely gorgeous. I would so rock this car. The kind of car you have to drive wearing aviator sunglasses.

  • topdeadcentre

    YES it's a muscle car!!! Do want! Yes yes yes yes yes!

    It also has the added benefit that you don't see too many of them at shows and drive-ins…

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  • pete

    Got one and love it. 71 fury III sport roof 360. Body being restored first, then rebuilt 383 or ………….?

  • Daniel Lace

    This was my first car which I purchased in 1973 as a used vehicle. It was by no means regarded as a muscle car back in the day in spite of its mopar 383 engine. Plymouth had its Barracuda and cars like the 69 Nova ss and Dodge Charger were highly favored as muscle cars by most guys. Firebird and Camarol also but not as much. . The larger 400 engine in the TransAm stirred interest though. The Fury had lots of muscle but badly overlooked.The boxy Dodge Coronet faired out better. The Fury was just a mid-size sedan waiting for recognition. I personally thought the car was great.

  • Robert Hunt

    I would love another one of these I had a 1970 Sport Fury GT in 1983 Wow. was it fast for a big car and dummy me swapped it for a 71 Charger 500 another cool car not as fast and they both had 440’s.

  • Tom Williams

    My 1970 Plymouth Fury Convertible had a 440-six pack. I added power everything. Everything, even the vent wing windows were power as was the trunk release. It took the third try for Aamco transmissions to get me a lifetimer 727 that would hold up. Had a high stall converter with shift kit. Limited slip differential 3.4 ratio. Mild cam “Purple Stripe,” in the engine got a whopping 5 that’s it Five Miles Per Gallon. It was too heavy to truly drag race the smaller lighter cars, but it gave them all a good run when six people were riding in the car. It did 70 in low, 115 in 2nd, and topped out at 140 in drive. I couldn’t push it any further for fear of rolling where there would not be any survivors. Almost everybody always died when a ragtop rolled, especially at high speed. Been sitting under my carport since got married in 1985, still there.