: Buh buh buh bad to the bone....
03-22-11, 12:40 AM
Look what (who) I stumbled upon today.
The one I saw was a '57, but aside from the headlamps, tail lamps and lower grille, they're identical. These are extremely rare because so many of them rusted out when they were fairly new, and until the movie came out in '83, they weren't collectible or worth anything, so most of them were junked. Now they're collectible and desirable, and so much rarer than the GM's from that period. This one was a Belvedere, and Christine was a higher trim Fury with the specially ordered red paint, not the standard "Buckskin Beige" that all the other Furys came with.
Always cool to see one of these lying around...
03-22-11, 12:45 AM
Forget the rust, the owner even doesn't bother to wash the car! There is a thick coat of dirt over the car!
The dirt is probably the only thing holding the poor car together.
03-22-11, 01:15 AM
Oh, I should note that the tabs on the license plates are from 1982, so this car has been off the road for the last 29 years. Also interesting is that the movie and book were both released in 1983, the first year this car wasn't registered, almost as if the owner saw the movie and knew he was sitting on what would be a collectible car in the future...
Then he shouldn't have let it rot into oblivion.
03-22-11, 10:39 AM
That car is great! All cars in Minnesota looked that tough and rusted out back in the day, before rust proofing and corrosing resistant metal. When I was a little kid in the early 1970's I loved it when my parents would drive by the junk yards on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul so I could see all the zillions of 50's and 60's cars stacked up 20 high getting ready for the crusher. Now that property has luxury condos. :)
03-22-11, 07:09 PM
That's wierd, when I was a kid, I'd beg my dad to take me down to North Star Steel in South St. Paul for the exact same reason.
03-24-11, 08:28 AM
Are you looking to buy it Chad? I think it looks cool as hell.
03-24-11, 11:45 PM
No, I don't think it was for sale. Much like in the book/movie, I saw it out of the corner of my eye as I passed it on the road, then turned back to look it over. I'll swing back that way next week, I'll stop and look again.
03-25-11, 09:10 PM
No, I don't think it was for sale. Much like in the book/movie, I saw it out of the corner of my eye as I passed it on the road, then turned back to look it over. I'll swing back that way next week, I'll stop and look again.I'm looking at the rear side shot and I love the body style but the rust is very bad. Still neat to look at.
03-26-11, 12:53 AM
Hey, I saw a black one for sale recently. Looked a bit nicer than that, but come on...that one's red. Instant win.
Funny story, Christine once revved her engine at me and I revved back...then Christine sputtered and stopped amid many a gawking spectator. Branwen is a Hellish Bitch Goddess.
But it's good, because that's how you make friends and it's to have Evil Car Pals in Central Florida.
03-26-11, 01:00 AM
The 77-92 Brougham is one of my favorite cars of all time, but it just looks plain BORING parked next to Christine.
FYI, the 1958 Plymouth Fury offered a 350 cubic inch V-8 with fuel injection, which makes it one of the first fuel injected cars ever, after the '57 Corvette.
I went to an All-Mopar meet a few summers ago and someone brought a Christine clone to the meet, and I took a lot of pictures of it, and me standing next to it, but I can't find any of those pictures anymore.
03-26-11, 02:00 AM
The one in this photo has a 413 engine, Imperial, I believe.
Sorry, no threadjack intended.