For muscle car owners the debate continuously rolls on about which cars are the best muscle cars out there. Today we a look at two cool cars from 1967; the Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible and the Chevtolet Chevelle SS.
1967 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible
As the market for performance-based vehicles increased in the late ’60s, Plymouth jumped right in with the competition and created some of the most memorable muscle cars of its time. Bigger was better at the time, and the Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible fit the category. The Sport Fury was the top model of the Fury Series, overshadowing the Fury I, II and III. The year 1967 marked a time for change for Plymouth, and the Sport Fury Convertible received updates in both structure and design. Each model came loaded with options, including automatic transmission, power steering, stereo radios, vinyl tops, white sidewall tires and air conditioning.
While the Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible kept the stacked headlights and quartered grille styling of its predecessor, the body panels were completely different. The 440-cubic-inch V8 became the largest engine they had to offer, with up to 375 horsepower. Plymouth used the Sport Fury Convertible’s size and power as a key selling point in the company’s advertisements, but the four-door sedans fared much better in sales; the convertible brought in less than 10,000 sales that year.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
The 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS ended the First Generation of the Chevelle. Because of a complete restyle in 1966 that proved to be successful, Chevrolet made minimal changes to design for 1967. A new rear end complete with wraparound taillights and standard back-up lights were added. New safety features were installed and came standard, making the 1967 model a safer vehicle. Front disc brakes along with a dual master cylinder brake system integrated a warning light. Chevrolet also added 14-inch wheels, a 115-inch wheelbase and a three-speed automatic transmission option to the line of transmissions. Buyers could choose from seven different transmissions options.
Only 612 were sold with the 396-cubic-inch V8 and 375 horsepower due to being added late in the model year. The vehicle’s main selling point focused heavily on the manual shift feature of the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. Options included Strato-ease headrests, special instrumentation and Superlift air shock absorbers. Even though the Chevrolet debuted the Camaro in 1967, the Chevelle still remained a classic sports car.
Which Muscle Car Is Better?
By 2015, the average price for a 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible reached $29,996, and the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS cost around $36,418. If modern prices don’t indicate which one is better, the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS brought in nearly 74,000 sales back in 1967, and its variety of options far surpassed what the Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible had to offer. The Plymouth was a beauty, but all around, the Chevelle had the edge and was a muscle car dream.
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