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PostSubject: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:11 pm

Hi Everyone,
I have puzzled over the question of whether the cars shown in the movie are Furys or Belvedere 2 door hardtops?
If I am rehashing an old topic I must apologize but I have only just joined the CCC.
The reason that I am asking is that two brochures for the 1958 Plymouths clearly show the Fury as having "Directional stabilizers trimmed with golden anodized aluminum". In addition the word "Fury" was added at about two thirds down from the top of the stabilizer. The Belvedere had silver anodized aluminum-as do the cars at the factory and Christine.
It would not make much sense for the two models to be almost identical if both had silver trim, particularly when you are paying top dollar for the Fury.
Does anyone know for sure that all 1958 Furys had the golden treatment, or were some made with silver trim.
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PostSubject: Re: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:52 pm

all 58 furys had gold inserts, grill,tailight housings, and hubcaps with a silver V in the grill. all the cars on the assembly line of the movie are made to look like belvederes.

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PostSubject: Re: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Sun May 01, 2016 10:42 pm

Yeah, completely agree with what Joe says, all Furys are gold trimmed, all Belvederes are silver trimmed. Also being that the Furys are very rare too. But I just like calling Christine a "Fury" cause the word Fury sounds more mean/evil to me than Belvedere.
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PostSubject: Re: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Mon May 02, 2016 3:48 am

Thanks Joe and Jackie for your comments. Whether the movie Plymouth is a Fury or Belvedere does not change the fact that both are sensational looking cars.
A great book and a great movie, in my humble opinion.
You may be interest to know that there are a handful of Belvederes that are Christine lookalikes here in Australia.
If you like I will try to upload a photo of one that I took at a Chrysler rally last November. If anyone is even vaguely interested I will also try to upload a photo of my humble 1962 Plymouth Valiant.
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PostSubject: Re: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Mon May 02, 2016 5:35 am

In the movie there were no emblems on the tail fin. Just the Plymouth name on the hood emblem and trunk letters I believe. Marc.

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PostSubject: Re: Christine: Fury or Belvedere   Mon May 02, 2016 6:43 pm

The book car is called a Fury, since it's so fitting. The movie car is never called by make or model. Aficionados recognize the body colors as Belvedere options but the engine as a Fury one, matching the book. On the assembly line the car's surrounded by what look like stock Furys, a nod to the book. (Except for the color of the trim. That was practical; all those cars were later painted red and used in the movie.) Though someone once told me the Golden Commando engine (two carburetors like the Fury and like the movie car) was an option on all the '57 and '58 Plymouths.

My guess is Christine's a custom-ordered Fury, easy to do since the Belvedere and Fury bodies were identical. Throw a Belvy body on a Fury, take off the Belvy badge from the fins, and voilĂ . Or she could have been an early engine swap.

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