Plymouth Fury 1957

 
 

 
 

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ANSON

scale 1:18

Model number: 30398

 
     
 

Review of the model:

It was quite sparse what my knowledge was about the Plymouth Fury 1957, before I stated my collection. I remember the 1980´ horror movie “Christine” by the book of Stephen King. But that was it!  As an enthusiastic collector I’m always on the hunt for a prey. In one of these hunts I was stumbling over a good buy. This was the Anson 1:18 Plymouth Fury in the right paint scheme, White with gold paneling. This is also my first Anson model, so I was looking forward to see, if the little investment was worth the money of 64 USD.

After the un-boxing I was glad to see the fine reflections in the gold panels. My first impression was, this car is just very handsome. The wheels are running very light and the tires are of soft rubber. The sprigs suspensions give the model a high-end feel. But be aware, the model can run away from you, if you not have set the parking brake! Oh did I mention the hubcaps? –Very fine made Anson!

This model does also suffer of the all chromed (in this matter gold) parts on the grill. So I must get the black-wash paint again. Have a look at the picture – that really helped. The spray paint of this model is good, but I found a few spots hopefully not the die-cast pest!! – Only time will tell. Engine room and trunk are all right, but could be a bit better. The interior is Okay with fine details in a car of this mid-class price. The windows glass is well made, and so are the lenses on the lights. We do not see any etched emblems on this model, but they are painted nicely. Chrome and gold is made perfectly they all shine as stars. All the parts fit nicely.

My model was a bit dusty – but was made back in 2001, so a little dusting and polish is fine for me. I’m sure this car was not for the man who was shy. In 1957 this was a real head turner. Now over 60 years later this fine model is a showpiece. If you can find one, don’t hesitate, buy it at once!

I will give this model 4 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!

 

 

   

  Faux front page from a dealer brochure  
  The sun is shining in all the car  
  Note the black wash on the front grill  
The kids have left the car open
Steering wheel and pillar should have been made a bit better
If you like gold and chrome you're came to the right car!
Those are not just fins - they are direction stabilizers
Ears from a bat
Low and wide with a flowing roof - No wonder the design folks of GM was afraid in 1957
Stylish and yet sporty
A tamed Fury
A model that stands out in a collection
 
 
Profile view
Note the gold panels inside the doors
The interior colors matched the exterior
A look inside the trunk
Engine room
 
 
     

 

 

History:

1957 Plymouth Fury

Still, Plymouth was a thriving Chrysler division favored mainly by older folks, especially in farming communities. The first Plymouth arrived as a low-cost car in heavily agricultural America in 1928. The Plymouth name, of course, referred to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, but founder Walter Chrysler wasn't sure if people would make the connection until an ex-farm boy Chrysler executive said, "Every damn farmer in America's heard of ' Plymouth Binder Twine"--a well-known farm product.

Fury was always the most expensive Plymouth.

The Plymouth Fury didn’t make its public debut until December 3, 1956. Like the first Fury, the car was designed as a high-performance, personal luxury car much in the vein of the Chrysler 300s and was available only in eggshell white with gold accents. Interior appointments included an exclusive combination of cocoa and beige vinyl with coarse, woven cloth inserts; chrome moldings; a 150 mph speedometer; special steering wheel; two interior dome lights; glove box lock; safety padding package; and air foam seat cushions.

 The 1957 Fury coupe looked even sleeker because all Chrysler Corp. cars for that year were totally restyled to become the industry's best-looking autos, stealing the styling crown from General Motors. The 1957 Plymouth was so new and striking that its advertisements proclaimed, "Suddenly it's 1960!"

GM stylists got a sneak look at the 1957 Chrysler Corp. autos and hastily retreated to their drawing boards to restyle future GM cars.

The new Plymouth had a daring low window line, lots of glass area, heavily browed headlights and prominent, but nicely integrated, tailfins. Its wheelbase was 3 inches longer, and it was an astonishing 5.5 inches lower than the 1956 model. The coupe had an exquisitely shaped thin-section roof that seemingly "floated" above the car.

The 1957 Fury again arrived after the rest of the hot-selling Plymouth line. (and featured striking custom eggshell white paint set off on each body side by a full-length sweepspear of gold anodized aluminum that resembled a lightning bolt. Anodized gold also decorated the grille center) It had the same white and gold side trim as the 1956 model. The anodized gold wheel covers were gone, but gold grille bars were added.

The interior had a two-tone steering wheel, a "sweep-second self-regulating watch," padded dashboard and dealer-installed seat belts, which were rare in 1957.

Power now came from a larger 318-cubic-inch V-8. It produced 290 horsepower with dual four-barrel carburetors, special camshaft, high-compression engine heads, heavy duty valve springs and free-flowing dual exhausts.

A three-speed manual transmission again was standard, but Fury buyers now could get Chrysler's new three-speed "TorqueFlite" automatic transmission with pushbutton controls. It was the industry's best automatic for years.

Chrysler's new torsion-bar front suspension helped make the 1957 Fury one of the best-handling cars, even topping some sports cars in roadability.

The demise of the limited-production Plymouth Fury was more the result of the 1958 recession.

A total of 7,438 Furys were produced for 1957, when the car cost $2,925

Due to their susceptibility to rust, few Plymouth Furys survive today.


By Dan Jedlicka

Technical specification:

1957 Plymouth Fury Basic Specifications

Production

7,438

Price (new)

$2,925

Wheelbase (in.)

118.0

Overall Length (in.)

206.0

Overall Width (in.)

79.4

Overall Height (in.)

53.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,595

Wheels (dia. x width, in.)

14 x 6

Standard Tires

8.00 x 14

Front Suspension

Independent; upper and lower control arms, longitudinal torsion bars.

Rear Suspension

Live axle on longitudinal leaf springs.

Brake Type F/R

drum/drum

Brake Diameter F/R (in.)

11.0/11.0

Brake Lining Area (sq. in)

184.0

Steering Type

worm & roller

Note: All Models Hardtop Coupes

Drivetrain Specifications

Type

ohv V-8

Bore x Stroke (in.)

3.91 x 3.31

Displacement (cu. in.)

318

Compression Ratio (:1)

9.25

Carburetion (bbl. x #)

4 x 2

Horsepower @ rpm

290@5,400

Torque @ rpm (lbs/ft)

325@4,000 (b)

Standard Transmission

3-sp. manual

Standard Final Drive (:1)

3.73

Optional Transmission

3-sp. auto (d)

Optional Final Drive (:1)

3.36 (e)

Performance

Engine

0 to 60 MPH

318ci

~ 9 secs

Drivetrain

Available Engines:

V800 Dual Fury

318ci

2x4bbl

290 hp

n/a

Available Transmissions:
  • 3-speed Manual
  • TorqueFlite Auto

Factory Exterior Colors

  • Sand Dune White

Factory Interior Colors

  • Light Beige
  • Gold

 


 
 

Old brochures of the Plymouth 1957

 
 

     

     

     

     

     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     

 

 

 

     
     
     
  Please note this is a 1958 Plymouth Fury above!  

 

     
 
     
 

Video of the real car from Youtube

 
     
     
     
  Old commercial from 1957  
     
     
     
 

 

If you have any question or comment your are free to contact me at: aeronautic@stofanet.dk

 

 

Dealers are welcome to get their models reviewed too.

 

 

 

 

 

Aeronautic Aug 2017

 
 
 
     
     
     

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