The name Mancini has long been associated in the Detroit area with racing under the Chrysler banner. This 1963 Plymouth Fury (which is currently owned by Ron Mancini), will be crossing the auction block at the Mecum Chicago event tomorrow.
Mancini, a multiple National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) National Event Super Stock Eliminator champion, started the Fury project with a Florida-based donor car that only had 17,000 original miles on it. The car underwent restoration by Auto Crafters Collision in Oxford, Michigan, and the car still retains its original cloth-and-vinyl upholstery as well as its original exterior trim and chrome.
The car was refinished from 1991 to 1992 and was equipped with a 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) Super Stock Max Wedge engine which was blueprinted by Mancini. The Super Stock Max Wedge features a cross-ram intake and Stage III heads. The Max Wedge has an 11.0:1 compression ratio and runs on premium high-octane gasoline. The Max Wedge is mated to a 15,000-mile 1965 A727 TorqueFlite featuring the easy-to-service slip-spline yoke. Pushbutton operated, this TorqueFlite was fitted with brand-new assemblies at restoration, and shift-quality calibration was done by Mancini as well, upgrading to a Street HEMI torque converter ahead of it. The car also is now fitted with a 3.23:1 axle ratio and Sure-Grip limited-slip differential.
Mancini, who was part of the Chrysler Engineering team in 1963 worked on transmission development, created a custom shift calibration for the A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission in this Fury.
While the 1963 Plymouth Fury (also known as the Sport Fury) wasn’t a hot-seller as other Fury models in the nameplates past. The car played a huge part in putting the Plymouth brand in the top-tier of the NHRA Super Stock category. Today, several mid-1960s Plymouth Furys continue to hit the track in NHRA sanctioned events across the country.
The car is listed as Lot #S120 and will cross the block on Saturday. For more information or to make a bid, you can visit the Mecum webpage.
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