Driving Down Memory Lane: The 1962 Plymouth Fury – A Classic American Car

The 1962 Plymouth Fury underwent significant changes, adopting a new and smaller B-body unibody platform with a reduced wheelbase of 116 inches compared to the previous year. This marked the third time the Fury received a complete redesign since 1959. The styling introduced in 1960 continued into 1961 with some updates, including the removal of tailfins, before the arrival of the entirely new design in 1962. Notably, 1960 marked the debut of Chrysler’s ram induction system, the implementation of unibody construction for improved rigidity and handling, and the introduction of Chrysler’s new slant-six engine.

The Ram Induction system featured tuned intake cross-over manifolds, enhancing low-end torque for drag racing while reducing high-end torque. The Fury garnered popularity and became Plymouth’s top-selling model in the early 1960s. It boasted unique features such as self-adjusting brakes, lube-sealed 32,000-mile suspension fittings, foot pedal-operated rear drum parking brakes, printed circuit dash wiring, and the innovative ‘Hamtramck Hummingbird’ reduction gear starting motor, known for its distinct sound signaling the start of any Chrysler vehicle.

The 1962 Fury lineup offered various body styles, including a sedan, convertible, two- and four-door hardtop sedans, as well as six- and nine-passenger station wagons. The sedan and two-door hardtop sedan came equipped with an inline, overhead-valve six-cylinder engine featuring an aluminum block, four main bearings, solid valve lifters, and delivering 145 horsepower at 4,000 RPM. The other body styles came standard with an overhead valve (OHV), 317.6 cubic-inch V8 engine, boasting five main bearings, solid valve lifters, a Carter two-barrel carburetor, and producing 230 horsepower at 4,400 RPM. The V8 engine was optional on the sedan and two-door hardtop sedan. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, with the TorqueFlite automatic transmission available as a $192 option for the six-cylinder models and an aluminum TorqueFlite automatic costing $211 for the V8s. Customers could also opt for additional engine choices, such as the 361 cubic-inch ‘Super Fury’ V8 with a four-barrel carburetor and 260 horsepower for an extra $40, or the ‘Golden Commando’ 361 cubic-inch V8 with 305 horsepower for an additional $103. For those seeking more power, the Short Ram 413 V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors and 410 horsepower was available for $545, and a high-performance 420 horsepower version of the engine could be purchased for $612.

Standard equipment on the 1962 Fury included armrests, cigar lighter, front foam seat cushions, oil filter, backup lights, turn signals, sun visors, glove box lock, electric wipers, electric clock, and aluminum exterior trim inserts. The nine-passenger station wagons featured a power tailgate window.

Distinctive styling elements included the Fury nameplate positioned behind the front wheel opening, a chrome stripe along the front fender feature line, and thin moldings outlining the wheel openings.

Among the body styles, the sedan proved the most popular with 17,231 units produced, followed by the two-door hardtop sedan with 9,589 sales. The four-door hardtop sedan accounted for 5,995 sales, while 4,349 convertibles were sold. The combined production of station wagons reached approximately 5,000 units.

At the top of the Plymouth lineup was the Sport Fury, introduced several months after the rest of the product line. It was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible and featured bucket seats, a center front console, rear foam seat cushions, all-vinyl trim, and a Deluxe steering wheel. Only V8 engines were offered on the Sport Fury.

The Sport Fury stood out with its full wheel covers, full-length beltline trim extensions, black-out styling on the grille, wider division panels, the Sport Fury script located ahead of the front wheel opening, rear white and blue finish trim insert dimples, and deck lid license plates.

Plymouth produced 4,039 hardtop Sport Furys with a base price of $2,850. The convertible variant had a base price of $3,080, and 1,516 examples were manufactured in 1962.

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