Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – A 1976 Plymouth Gran Fury Wagon to close our Marathon Edition


I started this Marathon Edition of Wagon Wednesday with a 1974 Ford Country Squire Wagon, then showcased an interesting 1969 Chevy Chevelle 2-Door Wagon, made you throw-up a little with a 1993 Chevrolet “Majestic Nomad” Wagon, took a European Vacation with a wonderful Volkswagen 412 Wagon, introduced you to the next 24-Hours-of-LeMons IOE winner in the form of a Lloyd Alexander TS Kombi, and now this thing. Let’s bookend this series with another 70’s full sized, wood paneled wagon, the 1976 Plymouth Gran Fury Wagon.


Here is another Mopar Wagon that Wagon Wednesday seems to thrive on. Mother Chrysler only made 1,944 of these wagons for 1976, and this is one of them. It is equipped with the 400 CID V-8, Torqueflyte Transmission, Three Seats, Original AM FM Radio, and a set of fabulous Wire Wheel Covers. It also sports a period correct AAA grill badge, a vintage color combination of gold and woodtone, and it looks to be in great condition. Mileage is undisclosed, and there is a nasty crack on the dashboard, but the rest of the car looks complete. Asking price for this car is $7,888. Take a look at the listing here.

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21 responses to “Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – A 1976 Plymouth Gran Fury Wagon to close our Marathon Edition”

  1. Tomsk Avatar

    That's an abnormally sweet looking wagon. Love the spoiler that accelerates air over the rear window to keep exhaust fumes from getting in when the window is down (provided you're traveling quickly enough).

    1. raphaelinberlin Avatar
      raphaelinberlin

      so thaaaaaat's what those are for

    2. CJinSD Avatar
      CJinSD

      I thought it was to keep the rear window clear on rainy days.

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        Same here.

    3. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
      Age_of_Aerostar

      I agree with CJ in SD… I thought it was to keep the rear window clean, and I heard that it did horrible things to aerodynamics and fuel economy.

  2. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    Another in a series of malaise barges I have no interest in. As with the Ford featured previously, I'd stop at 1968 for big Plymouth wagons. Let's face it – the 1970s were not good years for full-size American cars.
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4798084446_5ede44c383.jpg&quot; width=400>

  3. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    I wonder how much power you'd gain just by ripping all the smog equipment out. Given that it's probably pretty torquey already, I'm guessing it wouldn't be easy to separate the exhaust smoke from the tire smoke.

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    This is a pretty great looking machine considering it's a '76. I still think Chrysler was on to something putting those grab-on handles on the back of their wagons.

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      1976 was just about the end of the line for the big Mopar wagons. Both the fullsize Dodge Monaco and Plymouth Gran Fury were gone after 1977 in favor of rebadged intermediates, and the Chrysler Town & Country became a LeBaron for 1978. The only largish cars by 1979 were the R-bodies, and those only came in four-door sedans.

  5. Mad_Hungarian Avatar
    Mad_Hungarian

    This is why we need to bring back rear overhang. Chrysler got the proportions right.

  6. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar
    From_a_Buick_6

    I never liked how the Grand Fury of this era had single headlamps. I think it was an attempt to ape the Monte Carlo, but it just makes the car look like a really big Volare.
    It certainly didn't help sales. These big Mopars hit the market with a big thud in the fall of '73, just as the first OPEC embargo hit, and it was downhill from there. I bet the vast majority of the Plymouths and Dodges went to fleets.

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      When the Fury was completely restyled for 1974, there was criticism that the grille was too Buick-like. The single-headlight treatment arrived for 1975 on the top Gran Fury Brougham model while the cheaper models kept the 1974 front end. The new grille completely replaced the four-light grille by 1976.
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/1974_Plymouth_Fury_sedan.png&quot; width=500>

  7. facelvega Avatar
    facelvega

    Wait a minute, a well looked-after daily driving hemidemisemiclassic car in good colors is featured on Hooniverse FOR A PRICE WELL UNDER $10k!? Am I about to be hit by a falling piano?

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    Ah, I will always have a soft-spot for the Gran Furious.
    That dealer also has this for $17K USD:
    <img src="http://www.discoverclassiccars.net/photos/DiscoverClassicCars/335761_a.jpg"&gt;
    "350ci crate engine, Weiand intake, Carter carburetor, Finned aluminum valve covers, Billet air cleaner, Headers, Low mount alternator, Heavy duty cooling, Mini starter, Autometer gauges, Hurst shifter, Sun tachometer, 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, Roof rack, Manual steering, Manual brakes, Grant steering wheel, Rechromed bumpers, Roll-down rear window, Tinted windows, Flowmaster dual exhaust, Torque thrust American Racing wheels AND SO MUCH MORE"

  9. LTDScott Avatar

    I had a Matchbox King Size version of a Gran Fury police car that I loved and actually miss a lot, so I have a soft spot for this body style car. I absolutely love this wagon. I'd swap a modern Hemi into it, increase the capacity of the rear springs, and use it as my tow rig.

  10. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    I seriously dig it. There was a Dodge version of this in our Family in the late 70's, exact same color scheme. My aunt is a bit of a lunatic/hoon behind the wheel, and I used to love hearing that thermoquad wail when she floored it. She would keep passing cars long after the passing lane ended and sometimes wound up between lanes of traffic doing 90.
    Unfortunately it was always accompanied with terror when she tried to slow down as the car had seriously warped brake rotors that the mechanics could never cure.
    Towards the end it was running on 5 cylinders and getting about 3mpg when the gas shortage hit in '79. It was abandoned at our house for a few months then given away. I asked for it but evil step father said no. The first of several cool wagons I wasn't allowed to keep.

  11. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
    Age_of_Aerostar

    What is the red trim running around the woodsiding?

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      Lipstick on a pig. Probably not stock.
      And if my comments don't stop disappearing from the posts, I'm not going to bother with Hooniverse anymore.

      1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
        Age_of_Aerostar

        Didn't know if there was something to it that I should have known about.
        Yeah, it sucks when it happens, but it's a part of the Hooniverse charm!

        1. tonyola Avatar
          tonyola

          You mean like the "Triumph Spitfire failing to start in the supermarket parking lot during a downpour when you have two sacks of frozen food" sort of charm?

          1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
            Age_of_Aerostar

            If we wanted everything to work perfectly all the time, it might be nice, but it'd also be boring.
            <img src="http://marketmyauto.com/search08/ftp/dealers/1698/images/4694627-1.jpg"&gt;

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