Imagine my glee to find a whale of a 1968 Plymouth Fury four door listed on eBay as a “sleeper”. I was all excited to see what was under the hood. After all, we cannot get enough of big cars that look unassuming and can fly, right? Right. Well as it turns out, this 1968 Fury is a sleeper which will never wake up. To say that the ultimate sleeper element of the car has been oversold slightly would be an understatement. A set of sheetmetal valve covers on a 318 does not make a sleeper. That’s our opinion anyway.
Other than the power let down, this is one heck of a nice car. It would be a grand summer cruiser just as it sits with room for the whole family in comfort. The hardtop design is killer because when the windows are down you have a massive gaping hole to allow air into the car . The Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires are not exactly going to make this large barge and autocross but they appear to be in serviceable shape to get this thing down the road. Outside of an ice cream stand car, this would be a heck of a road tripper as well. Just on sheer size alone it has to be comfortable.
When an ad uses the exact words “ultimate sleeper” I was expecting to see some real juice under the hood. Instead there’s a little 318, which is not a bad engine, wearing exhaust manifolds and a pair of sheetmetal valve covers. There’s an MSD box, a dual plane, air gap style manifold, and a Holley carb on there. There’s also the old piston style air conditioning compressor front and center on the engine as well. A rumbly, torque making, jaunty little small block? Sure. Ultimate Sleeper? Hell no.