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The Christine car was a 1957 Plymouth Fury with the optional 290HP 318CU IN engine. This engine was one year only, the 290HP engine with 2 4 barrel carburetors was new for 1957 and replaced in 1958 by the new B block 361 engine.

 

In the movie you can see in the scenes of the engine being bashed in, the unique and super rare and expensive dual air cleaners on top of the 318 engine with scalloped valve covers.

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No; it was a '58 in the book. However there were a number of minor details incorrect in the book, I think to 'homogenize' the car to the average reader. Things such as saying it was a 4-dr, had a shift lever, and had door lock buttons, etc.

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On 4/29/2018 at 8:02 AM, Buick35 said:

Just curious,what year was the Plymouth named Christine? And what became of the car? I saw a story about Steve McQueen Bullit Mustang I thought was intersting.

 

 

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_(1983_film)

 

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Although the car in the film is identified as a 1958 Plymouth Fury[9]—and in 1983 radio ads promoting the film, voiceover artists announced, "she's a '57 Fury"—two other Plymouth models, the Belvedere and the Savoy, were also used to portray the malevolent automobile onscreen. John Carpenter placed ads throughout Southern California searching for models of the car, and was able to purchase twenty-four of them in various states of disrepair, which were used to build a total of seventeen models of the Fury.[8]

Total production for the 1958 Plymouth Fury was only 5,303, and they were difficult to find and expensive to buy at the time. In addition, the real-life Furys only came in one color, "Buckskin Beige", seen on the other Furys on the assembly line during the initial scenes of the movie.[10] The Fury also got anodized gold trim on the body and Fury script on the rear fender. In order to bypass the problem of obtaining the rare trim, the cars featured the more common Belvedere "Dartline" trim. Several vehicles were destroyed during filming, but most of the cars were Savoy and Belvedere models dressed to look like the Fury. At least one '57 Savoy was used, its front end modified to look like a '58.

Originally, Carpenter had not planned to film the car's regeneration scenes, but decided after the shoot had finished to include them. The shots of the car regenerating itself were shot in post-production and done using hydraulics.[7]

Of the twenty cars used in the film, only two still exist. One is a stunt vehicle with a manual transmission and now resides in the hands of a private California collector.[11] The other vehicle was rescued from a junkyard and restored by collector Bill Gibson of Pensacola, Florida.[12]

 

 

I remember a movie with a brief scene of a kid, supposedly a young Stephen King, being chauffeured around by his mom in, you guessed it, a white over red 58 Plymouth hardtop.  Can't recall the title, plot or much else about the film  and dunno if the scene came from real life but it was an interesting homage to Christine.

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Interesting about only being two remaining cars from the movie...  Anyway anybody an MTV veteran?  Just around the time the movie came out MTV had a contest to win a "Christine" the car was won by a collage student in Oshkosh WI.   Unfortunately it was not me...

 

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From the book; Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King By Lisa Rogak

 

Image result for christine the car
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The car(s) used in the film were clearly 1958 models (or card modified to "become" 1958 models) -

BUT they were to portray a "FURY", the top of the line standard model - 

NOT the "SPORT FURY" which took the place of the 1956 & 1957 "FURY" which had only been offered as a 2-door pillarless "hardtop", differentiated from a pillard 2-door sedan.

 

As previously noted, 1958 Plymouths had Quad headlights where the 1957 models had only two headlights - both a 7" sealed beam, with a smaller parking light mounted inboard of the headlight to simulate the 4-headlight system not yet approved by all 48 states at that time.

 

The 1956 & 1957 FURY was only offered as a 2-door hardtop, and only in Eggshell - off-white with a gold anodized wedge side trim, flaring upward at the rear quarter, where the standard line of Belvedere had a wedge but no upsweep. Savoy - the intermediate model had a horizontal trim running from the front wheelwell to the rear quarter, and optionally had a "Sportone" diagonal trim running diagonally rearward from the horizontal trim across the front door. Plaza had minimal side trim.

 

In 1958, Plymouth "Badge Engineered" their line, each model assuming the name of the next higher model:

Plaza assumed the Savoy name,

Savoy assumed the Belvedere name,

Belvidere assumed the Fury name,

and Fury became the SPORT FURY

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1 hour ago, Bill Harmatuk said:

WHAT exactly is the Plymouth convertible in the picture.??

Always loved those Plymouths.

 

 

58 Belvedere - think the pic is from a period sales brochure so there might be some "artistic license"

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On 4/30/2018 at 7:24 PM, Marty Roth said:

...they were to portray a "FURY", the top of the line standard model - 

NOT the "SPORT FURY" which took the place of the 1956 & 1957 "FURY" which had only been offered as a 2-door pillarless "hardtop", differentiated from a pillard 2-door sedan.

 

In 1958, Plymouth "Badge Engineered" their line, each model assuming the name of the next higher model:

Plaza assumed the Savoy name,

Savoy assumed the Belvedere name,

Belvidere assumed the Fury name,

and Fury became the SPORT FURY


Marty- you're off by one year in the above. The '58 Fury was a carbon copy of the '57 as far as how it was produced; it was only a top of the line 2-dr hardtop.
It's '59 that the 'Sport Fury' came out, in 2-dr and convert, different colors, no more 2x4 carbs standard... it was 'watered down' in '59 vs. '56-58.

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