The Fury ran like a bat out of Hell. In 1958, Motor Trend put it up against Ford’s Fairline 500 and the Chevy Impala. The Plymouth completed the run in 7.7 seconds, followed by the Chevrolet, which came in at 9.1 seconds. The Ford limped in behind the other two, finishing in 10.2 seconds. The fastest ones achieved speeds in excess of 143 miles per hour, allowing it to easily dominate virtually any other car on the street or at the race track.
Styling was classic 1950s, with a wraparound windshield, cockpit-like interior, and swept back fin design. Round taillights gave it a distinctive appearance from the rear. Released only as a hardtop coupe, 5,303 were produced in ’58. Buyers could own one for just over three grand.
King’s novel made some mistakes in its description of the car. He refers to its “Hydramatic” transmission, which was a actually a GM product. He also calls it a four-door; the ’58 model only came as a two door. And he took some creative license by describing it as red and white. The 1958 Fury only came in buckskin beige with gold trim. However, he did a capable job of capturing the power and performance of this classic American car.