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1964 Plymouth Sport Fury New Car Images by Harold Corsini

Updated – We have been featuring photos from the University of Pittsburgh Library recently and have found a number of period new car images in the collection to share with you, taken for various automakers by professional photographer Harold Corsini. Three of his photos chosen for today are of a 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury that were shot at a ski area located at the Seven Springs Resort southeast of Pittsburgh in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

Corsini’s photo shoot featuring the Sport Fury which was available as either a convertible or a hardtop was a fairly involved undertaking that utilized as many as ten models in one of the other photos and was staged while it was snowing.

Following his photographs below are the Sport Fury specifications and the available options that included a “four-on-the-floor transmission with Hurst linkage,” 361 ci and 383 ci V-8s, and the Super Stock 426-Stage III in full race trim and a picture of the interior in red. Richard Petty ran a 426 ci Hemi V-8 for the first time in his Sport Fury on the Nascar circuit.       

Tell us what you find of interest in this set of photographs courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Library. The specifications and photo of the interior are courtesy of The Old Car Manual Project.

28 responses to “1964 Plymouth Sport Fury New Car Images by Harold Corsini

  1. I’ve always liked the ’64 Plymouth, mostly because all my racing heroes drove them. Norm Nelson, Paul Goldsmith, and of course, “The King”. For a full size car, it really did look sharp.

  2. I remember my 1st experience with a 64 Plymouth Golden Commando. Engine was a 383 with dual point distributor. This was a light car due to uni-body construction. The basic Belvedere came with a slant 6 engine, and it would get mom to the grocery store just fine. The 318 w/2 barrel was quite peppy. (Had one of those)The Golden Commando that I drove was absolutely amazing – no wonder, with that power to weight ratio!

  3. Two thoughts, if I may:

    1) The photographer did a nice job of actually having some snow on the cars, usually not the case in snow shots

    2) Must have been great heaters to be driving around snow country with the windows down.

    Thanks, David!

    • Yeah. Windows all down in two of those shots, at least on one side. And that woman leaning on the hood looks like she’s on her way to down to bang her head on the bumper. Funny what advertisers and photographers have to do to make things look better than they are.

  4. I believe the 426 engine referenced is actually the “street wedge”, not the Hemi or even the Max Wedge shown in the link. Neither was offered in the Fury line to the best of my knowledge

      • That would be a rare car as there were only 35( as best as can be determined) Hemi’s released to the public for 64. According to records, they all went into Belvedere’s.
        But as been proven over and over, ANYTHING was possible in those days.

  5. Right , the Hemi had a loooong waiting list. lest you were hooked up with a dealer or manufacturing deal. My best bud bought a 426/365 HP wedge in ’64 and were still able to be a public menace. Damn near killed ourselves more than once.
    I don’t remember the console being as ornate as the (red) one in the last picture. In fact, the picture shown looks like a sedan interior. Hmm, his was a four speed though…….

  6. I think they offered both the wedge and the hemi in that year. Outside of the snow on the car, I really wonder how careful they were in getting the car on site without snow tires.

  7. Bet they had fun moving around that automatic-transmissioned car without snow tires. Getting just a few good shots would have taken hours, and obviously they used several set-ups, so I bet they were pretty cold, too.

  8. A 64 two door hardtop with 318 and Torqueflite was my first car which I drove until the early 80s. The 64 was the best looking of all the B body Plymouths. a very pretty car. The one in the photo has the optional bumper overrider and the horizontal trim strip below the doors , which mine also had but were not too common. I kept mine so long because it was a joy to drive, and it just kept going.

    • Hee hee. In 1986 I bought a 1969 Roadrunner, 440 built for the strip with aluminium rods, billet crankshaft, max wedge heads, stump puller Dana rear end, it had a Holley 3- barrel on top of a home made manifold that was a box with four holes on each side. It idled at ca. 1400 rpm. I had to move it one winter, it was almost impossible to get traction. Of course, that also obtained on dry summer roads.

  9. At this point in time the companies doing the advertising for the Big Three did a lot of filming in Bloomfield Hills near our house which was in an old Apple Orchard. The Plymouths were all three doors , one door hardtop Furies on the driver’s side and two door lesser model pillared top on the passenger’s side. We were told that they would be scrapped later. Interesting, the film car was a first generation Corvair with the front hood removed.

  10. Neat car. bought mine in 64 medium Blue with auto on the console 383 4bbl 330 hp…..drove to california in 67 thru Nevada 5hr + Salt Lake to Reno. went by a cop going the other way at over 120….. didn’t even look at me.
    wish I had never sold it for that damn 71 Charger…. what a pig compared to the 64 Sport Fury…

  11. I bought a Red 64 Plymouth Fury Sport back in 64. I was a great car and I kept it until the vinyl top needed to be replaced.

  12. Had, in order: ’64 Belvedere 318 column 3 Speed 6 pass wagon; ’64 Sport Fury Coupe, 361 console A/T; ’64 Sport Fury 361 Console A/T Conv (same color as the pictured coupe); ’64 Max Wedge 4speed, no console, coupe. All between 1965 – 1980. Guess I must have liked them! Also had several A bodies of that era then, and still have, going on 35 years, a ’67 Barracuda 273 column A/T convertible. Guess I must have liked them, too. They are easy cars to make reliable, quick and good handling. High point era for Mopars.

  13. The red interior shot is most likely an interior “buck” and not an actual car. Many of these interiors were made up specifically for catalogue photography. I have a photo of a 1980 Cordoba interior. Bucket seats, console, floor shift automatic AND column shift automatic. Depending on the end result, the offending lever (choose one) would have been airbrushed out.

    The comments about three door cars are spot on as well. At the Chrysler plant near my home, more than once, I’d been told that when the guys on the line wanted to show the new foreman who was really in charge, it was entirely possible to use the common roof outer panel and mate it to a 2dr hdtp quarter panel on one side and a 4dr sedan quarter panel on the other.

    This same plant also built one of a tiny handful of 426 hemi two and four door sedans.

  14. 64s had 426 Wege engines – both ‘Max Wedge [in Stage I, II, and III] and ‘ Street Wedge ‘ monikers/states of tune, and optional aluminum fronts end panels. While its true that one should never say ‘never’ back then or most any time with Mopar, all hemis in 64 were base interior and mostly 2 door post cars, not top of the line Sport Furys to the best of my knowledge. have heard rumours of a station wagon the went straight from assembly to the strip and a couple of stripper four doors for PDs to look at also, but never heard of one in any of the ‘nicer’ trim levels.
    LOVE 64 plymouths… 🙂

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