(Words and photos by Dave Nutting) – Bangshift contributing photographer Dave Nutting here to share an infamous time capsule of Mopar history that Brian Lohnes and I stumbled upon while working on another feature, one that involves more than a hundred pounds of boost, several thousand foot-pounds of torque, and smoky, rolling burnouts galore.
After braving the 5 AM wake-up call, two-plus hour roadtrip, and freezing temperatures, the owner of the mystery diesel powered monster-to-be-named-later had another surprise for us: A 1962 Plymouth Fury with, check it, 777 original miles on the odometer!
Keeping the story short but sweet, this car was passed down to the current owner by his grandfather, who himself purchased the car from the original owners; It’s unknown to us exactly how the car managed to survive the last 50 years without breaking the 4-digit mileage mark, although the more cynical readers among you might attribute that feat to the car’s polarizing design queues.
Some quick history on the 1962 Fury: After a successful first generation that included a starring role in the movie Christine and a place among police force fleets across America, the reception of the 1962 model’s new styling was definitely less than favorable, with its odd proportions that not even its designer could truly love, given that he designed it for a car with a three inch longer wheelbase. In an attempt to drum up sales, the “Sport” name was brought back as a limited model, one of which is this particular example.
While we were unwilling to coax the stubby little beast out of the garage for a joy ride out of respect for the ultra-low mileage (And original bias-ply tires!), we did manage to capture its essence on film for all you Bangshifters out there.