Stepping out of the nearby park, heading home after a nice afternoon of “let’s take the kid out and have him exhaust himself so he will sleep well enough not to wake us up in the middle of the night”, the kid, wife and I stumbled upon this maroon yacht, that was like something from a different planet.
So I suggested my wife to start heading home, as she is really into old Plymouths (which means, she really isn’t), and I moved in closer:
Looks sad, doesn’t it? I mean it has a sad face, like an old dog who’s head bows down form the weight of all its 43 years.
Over to the side, and you can probably notice the far-from-original front wheel cover. I recognize this a first gen. Mazda3 item, of all possible alternatives.
Mind you, the back wheel cover isn’t original either, although at least this one stays in the family (and within period), being a Chrysler item. And you can probably see the emblem at the back.
Come to think of it, there’s no shortage of emblems on that car, from Plymouth to Chrysler through “Sport Fury” and “V8” to “Brougham”, not to mention the “Gran Fury” itself.
Here’s a better look at that Chrysler wheel cover. And I’m not sure at all that the “350” emblem on the bonnet (er, hood) didn’t come off a Camaro, goodness gracious.
Last photo from this specific venue is of the front, and the neatly inserted-in-the-bumper fog lights (that’s not such a bad job, actually).
I’m not going to outlay the history of the Gran Fury, you can read about it in William Stopford’s excellent post here. I’ll just add that these were ultra rare in Israel, being expensive and far too big for this country. They were outsold anyway hands down by Mopar’s own Darts and Valiants, which made much more sense in in Israel. As for this specific Gran Fury, I know it well from many meetings of the Israeli Five Club. It belongs to one of the club’s personnel (see above the small Five Club flag in the photos) and as far as I can tell, has never been restored, and it shows:
This is how I first saw the car, some ten years ago. Call me crazy, but I cannot understand why was it necessary to let go of these much better-looking wheels in favor of the current mismatched covers. But hold on, it could be worse:
Fast forward a few years, and the nice wheels turned into wire covers (with Chrysler emblems, at least). Brings out the broughamness, no?
And so we arrive to its present, somewhat neglected look, wheel covers and all. I do suspect that, looking at the photos, the vinyl roof was redone at some point. It looks far better than the rest of the car.
By now you’re accustomed to me uploading more photos of the same model from classic cars meetings, but as stated above, these were so rare in Israel this might be the only Gran Fury of its kind in the country. Therefore, I’ll cheat and post photos of earlier Furys (before they were Gran), all of which were imported to Israel in recent years:
This last black 1970 Fury is tasty, and see the difference a nice set of wheels can make. I’ll finish off this post with a photo I took some years back at the Brussels’ Autoworld, a vast car collection which included, among countless other classics- one of these: