Prepare to be captivated by the rediscovery of a once inconspicuous gem, the 1970 Plymouth Fury II. This Mopar classic, once overshadowed by its Chevrolet and Ford competitors, is now gaining attention as a rare find. With its relatively lower production numbers, the Fury II has become a hidden treasure, often overlooked by those unfamiliar with vintage American cars from over 50 years ago. Located in Monterey, California, this grand four-door sedan is now up for grabs on Craigslist, priced at $6,500.
Positioned between the Fury III and the Fury I, the Fury II represented Plymouth’s “budget-conscious” offering, boasting a conservative trim level without compromising on essential features. When comparing production numbers, including station wagons, the Fury II falls slightly behind its Chevrolet BelAir and Ford Custom 500 counterparts, with a total of 53,000 units produced in 1970. However, due to the passage of time and general lack of preservation efforts for this specific trim level, finding a well-preserved Fury II today is increasingly rare.
While this Plymouth Fury II hails from the West Coast, it has not escaped the clutches of the notorious rust that afflicts many vintage vehicles. The trunk lid, the top of the driver’s side fender, the lower edge of the passenger rear door and quarter panel, and other small areas show signs of corrosion. While the seller claims that much of it is surface rust, a closer look reveals more significant damage to the body panels, including a poorly applied partial respray. Additionally, the rear bumper displays signs of instability. Despite these issues, the car remains structurally sound, free from major collision damage.
Under the hood, the dependable 230 gross HP, 318 CI V8 engine, known as the “LA” engine, stands strong with 76,000 miles on the clock. The seller has performed some maintenance work, including replacing the timing chain, timing cover, water pump, fuel lines, and gas tank. Although the carburetor still requires attention, the engine runs and drives well, mated to a TorqueFlite three-speed automatic gearbox. The interior showcases a plethora of blue hues, although the vinyl and fabric front seat upholstery is stained, and the carpet and dash pad show signs of wear. Despite its air-conditioning system being in need of revival, this Plymouth Fury II presents a fantastic opportunity for restoration enthusiasts.