Curbside Compadres: 1968 Plymouth Sport Fury and Friend

Photo 2a 800

Compadre def: A close friend, a buddy.  “They’re longtime compadres who have been through a lot together”
It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that cars have feelings and like us long for a little companionship.  Take for example these two parked at the curb, a 1968 Plymouth Sport Fury Fast Top and 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance: curbside compadres.
 Photo 3a  800
I have watched these guys for a long time.  They sit day after day in front of a condo complex in a row of about 30 cars.  They are the oldest by far and it doesn’t take a car guy to notice them in the group.
For the first time, yesterday the cars were parked nose to tail.  This was a real treat as they rarely move and are usually separated by at least five late model Hondas.  Both are dusty, dirty and have expired tags.  Whoever owns the cars doesn’t give them much love but somehow I feel they do just fine on their own.  I got your back Bro. 
Photo 1a 800
The Plymouth is a full-sized fourth generation Fury that debuted in 1965.  The Sport Fury sat just below the VIP and the Fast Top was new for 1967.  These cars are pretty rare; only 17,000 Sport Fury Fast Tops were built in 1968.  
The Sport Fury grade consisted of the requisite graphics and emblems, bright moldings for the wheel openings and sills, bucket seats and a floor console.
Photo 4a 800
This one wears its original white over gold color scheme.  The car looks positively mid-size compared the Fuselage models that followed.  A Plymouth had no business being any larger than this, if you ask me. 

Photo 5a 800

All Sport Furys got a V8.  The Commando emblem suggests it’s 383 V8.  Maybe they all got the Commando emblem, I don’t know. 
What I do know is that there is a torsion bar front suspension under the raked nose and you can see the leaf springs peeking out back.  It has the classic Chrysler starter motor sound too. 
Photo 6a 800
Rounding out the look are these hard-to-find vintage American Racing wheels, with 235/60R15 tires.
Photo 7a 800
Here is a clear shot of the bucket seats through the broken vent window. 
Photo 8a 800
This Fury has factory A/C which is proudly announced by the Airtemp decal on the quarter window.  
Photo 9a 800
The “notch back” rear seat and courtesy lamps on the C-pillar did their best to keep up with the Impalas and added to the premium impression.  
Photo 10a 800
Like a fading wise guy, this Fury has a serious but not-so threatening face, and a few battle scars.  I wonder how the fender took a knock right there at knee cap level? 
Photo 11a 800
You can’t talk about the Caddy without mentioning its gorgeous color; it’s called Western Saddle Firemist.   When I think Firemist this is the color that comes to mind. 
This one is the desirable 1980 model, the only year with the non-V864 368 Cadillac big-block and THM400.  1980 was the first year for the formal roofline on the Broughams. 
Photo 12a 800
Up front all RWD Cadillacs received a new drop down grille.  These changes plus the stainless rocker trim and hood spears on the Brougham really transformed the car and it went on relatively unchanged for another 12 years.  See JPC’s CC here, as well as others in the archives.
Photo 13a 800
A quick look inside shows that it’s a d’Elegance with the velour cloth seats.  The guy still uses his 8-track.  I wonder what’s playing? 
Photo 14a 800
The lovey turbine style wheelcovers would soon give way to wire wheelcovers on all Broughams.  I like the way they work with the oversized 235/70R15 Cooper Cobra GTs.  The look is classic: don’t F with me, or my buddy. 
Photo 15a 800
I’m not sure if this sticker is an advertisement, or a warning.