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Written by Double Dragon
Sunday, 22 June 2014 10:45

1968 PLYMOUTH Sport Fury- Charles Kee- Brothers, OR


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown

This blue 1968 Plymouth Sport Fury is part of the Charles Kee collection auctioned off in May, 2014 following Kee's death in 2013. Most of the Kee cars were collected in the 1980s on a 50 acre property in Brothers, Oregon for storage outside in the desert.

Kee amassed several hundred cars stored on his property but would only sell to people he liked. Money was not the issue when he sold a car. See the full story in the 20 YEARS PLUS story on one of Kee's personal drivers; a 1967 Chrysler New Yorker.

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The Plymouth Fury name had been around since 1956 when it was a special edition of the Plymouth Belvedere. Fury had gold trim and twin carbs and was considered a specialty car.

In 1959 Fury became a separate car line as the top full size Plymouth and expanded to include 4 doors and other bodystyles. Fury was downsized to intermediate for a few years but restored to full size for 1965. This was the first year for the stacked headlight style as well as the Fury I, Fury II, and Fury III names which just depict ascending levels of plushness. The Sport Fury was a top model in the lineup and carried some reminders of that first specialty model way back in the 1950s.

This ALLEY FINDS Sport Fury exhibits typical 'California car' weathering although its original dealership and license plates are from Oregon. The top of the roof, hood and trunk lid are sun scorched to bare metal where surface rust has formed. The sides of the car are mostly intact. The Sport Fury seems to have been driven in some bitter weather conditions: it has snow tires mounted on the rear.

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The VIN on this Sport Fury PH23H8D154961 decodes:

P= Plymouth Fury

H= High price class (Sport Fury)

23= 2 Door hardtop

H= 383- 4 Barrel (High Performance version)

8= 1968 Model year

D= Belvidere, Illinois final assembly plant

154961= Sequential number

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Charles Kee placed protective layers over the dash to reflect sun rays. The blue interior is actually not in bad shape. The seats aren't split or rotten. The carpet and pedals are dirty but not absolutely thrashed.

The factory radio is supplemented with an underdash unit typical of 'Day 2' hot rods and there is also the expected aftermarket tachometer on the steering column directly in front of the speedometer. Otherwise the interior is spartan 1960s style with original equipment column shift automatic and no console.

This Sport Fury has Alan Chrysler Plymouth license frames from McMinnville, Oregon and seems to have spent its life in Oregon based on the expiry of the plates Oct 1988 (or 1989).

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