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Hell Hath No Fury...Like A '58 Plymouth
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Monica Marquez

Hell Hath No Fury...Like A '58 Plymouth

For Halloween this year, we’re watching our favorite haunted car movie Christine - Stephen King’s thriller about the killer 1958 Fury. This month marks the film’s 35th anniversary. We’ve always had a fondness for the movie because we have a small connection to it: Faxon Auto Literature loaned shop manuals to the prop department to use on set. Maybe there are a few in the background at Darnell’s Do It Yourself Garage.

A few fun movie/car trivia facts from IMDB:

  • Stephen King chose a '58 Plymouth Fury for Christine because it was a "forgotten car." "I didn't want a car that already had a legend attached to it like the '50s Thunderbird."
  • 15% of the budget was spent just on the cars. By the end of filming, all but 2 were destroyed.
  • One of the Plymouth Furys from the movie was sold for $167,000 in 2004.
  • Christine lives on with fans of the movie: there are 2 clubs for fans who own Christine clones. The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals gives an award every year to the best Christine look-a-like.
  • Christine is said to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which had similar panels and trim to the 1957 model. When the Fury line was introduced, it was essentially a sport and trim package on the Belvedere - notably with two doors, gold anodized trim, gold grille and dual four-barrel carburetors. Christine, as shown in the movie, could have been any two door Belvedere with a 318 or 360 engine. Although over 5300 Furys - and far more Belvederes - were built in 1958, they have since become very rare and are now collector's items. There were between 13 and 16 (depending on source) Belvederes/Furys smashed in the making of the movie (out of the roughly 25 used), but it is unknown whether they were 1957 or 1958 models, or a combination. In any event, Plymouth enthusiasts were infuriated, although the movie popularized the car and probably saved many of them - in the same way that Back to the Future did for the DeLorean.
  • In the original Stephen King book, the car had four doors, but this was changed to a two-door model when it was realized that there never was a four-door 1958 Plymouth Fury.
  • Although all 1958 Plymouth Furys had Buckskin Beige exterior paint and gold anodized aluminum side trim and grille, the book mentions that this particular car was custom ordered in Ford red.

Do you want to know more technical information about your favorite film vehicle? Just pop in some Buddy Holly, go to our website or call us up and utter, in the immortal words of Arnie Cunningham, "Okay...show me."