NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Classic luxury car collector and LCT fan Tony Gaudenti recently shared with LCT Magazine a set of photos of a 1966 Plymouth Fury VIP, which has features not available on other full size Plymouths of the era.
LCT PLYMOUTH FURY VIP PHOTO GALLERY HERE.
Gaudenti tells LCT that the interior was available in only three colors: Black, red and blue. The seat is a cloth/vinyl mix, unique to the VIP series. Other standard features are front and rear armrests and rear reading lights. The inside door pulls are chrome with imitation wood backing. The seats are very soft and comfortable.
Only four engines were available: A 318 V-8 was the standard engine; there were two 383 engines available, a two-barrel and four-barrel; and the top engine option was the big 440-cu-in engine rated at 365 horsepower. Gaudenti’s has the 383-4 bbl rated at 325 hp and 425 lbs-ft torque. With a 10.0:1 compression ratio, it requires premium fuel and doesn't knock or ping.
Other distinct features of the Plymouth Fury VIP include a big speedometer, front end/grille, and the taillights. Gaudenti reports that while it has a big car feel, it’s not quite as smooth and comfortable has his two Cadillacs:
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Other key stats:
- Wheelbase: 119 in.
- Length: 209.8 in. (a few inches longer than the Cadillac DTS)
- Weight: 4,010 lbs.
- Average fuel mileage: 13 mpg with range of 10-15 mpg.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor