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1958 Plymouth Belvedere (as Fury)

1958 Plymouth Belvedere in Christine, Movie, 1983 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US

1958 Plymouth Belvedere (as Fury)

Position 00:02:51 [*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

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MOZINOR FR

2004-09-02 18:16

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Plymouth Fury 1958 -

Carpenter a bien choisi son heroine , a la fois seduisante et inquietante ..

cette page devrais logiquement etre une des plus visitées

> qui ne s'est pas posé la question un jour : " c'est quoi cette caisse dans christine ? "

raph

2004-09-21 22:38

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c clair! :jap:

IMCDb FR

2004-10-01 15:21

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J'installerais un compteur page par page un jour... mais bon, installer 6000 compteurs, ca va finir par faire beaucoup :)

Coyote63000

2004-12-16 18:04

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Dans le roman dont ce film a été tiré,la voiture était bien une Fury '58,mais c'était un modele 4 portes.Je trouve que la 2 portes est un meilleur choix pour le film.Elle a un look plus agressif.

antp BE

2004-12-16 22:19

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Ils ont pris un modèle deux portes parce que le modèle quatre portes de 58 n'a jamais existé :D

Vilero wrote Christine's evolution-metamorphosis
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-- Last edit: 2012-01-19 18:11:38 (vilero)

Coyote63000

2004-12-17 14:50

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C'était donc ça!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ce qui veut dire que,pour une fois,Stephen King s'est mal renseigné avant d'ecrire son roman.

Aldo

2005-02-08 17:45

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In terms of trim and color it's actually more likely a Belvedere than a Fury, regardless of what the script says. I HAVE ONE!!!

phil64

2005-05-07 22:58

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C'est effectivement une Belvedere et pas une Fury !! Néanmoins c'était nettement plus évocateur de parler d'une "fury" que d'une Belvedere ..
Les Fury sont toutes "bucksin beige", ont des inserts latéraux anodisés or (aonsi que la calandre). les Belvedere avaient aussi des inserts mais anodisés "silver" avec l'option "sportone".

Dans le bouquin, c'est une Plymouth 58 berline, je me rappelle nullement que King citait un modèle comme Fury, Belvedere, Savoy ou Plaza ..

antp BE

2005-05-08 01:08

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Sur IMDB :

Christine was said to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which had similar panels and trim to the 1957 model. When the Fury name was introduced, it was essentially a sport and trim package on the Belvedere - notably two doors, gold anodized trim, gold grille, and dual four-barrel carburetors. Christine, as shown in the movie, could have been any two door Belvedere with a 318 or 350 engine. Although over 5300 Furys - and far more Belvederes - were built in 1958, they have since become very rare and are now collector's items. There were 13 or 16 (depending on source) Belvederes/Furys smashed in the making of the movie (out of the roughly 25 used during filming), but it is unknown whether they were 1957 or 1958 models, or a combination. In any event, Plymouth enthusiasts were infuriated, though the movie popularized the car and probably saved many of them - just like what Back To The Future did for the Delorean. In the original Stephen King book, the car had 4 doors, but this was changed to a 2-door model when it was realized that there never was a 4-door 1958 Plymouth Fury. Although all 1958 Plymouth Furys had Buckskin Beige exterior paint and gold anodized aluminum side trim & grille, the book mentions that this particular car was custom ordered in Ford red.

Jaqob

2005-12-29 14:56

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It's a beautifal car,

explorer4x4

2006-03-23 21:56

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Look at Christine's grill. The grill extends below the chrome bumper. Now, during football game and when Christine is being run over by Dennis in the CAT, their is no grill below the bumper, just a red extension and a license plate.

explorer4x4

2006-04-26 03:23

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Actually, Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury Custom/Sport Fury

qwerty_86 US

2006-04-27 07:06

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It was just "Fury" in 1958.

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The Fury was a Belvedere sub-series containing only the special high-performance sport coupe.

- Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1914-2000


And nevermind what's shown in the movie. They used different '57 and '58 Belvederes and Furys for the movie, but it's indicated as a '58 Fury in both the movie and book.

"Bought her back in September of 1957. . . . Brand new, she was. Had the smell of a brand-new car, and that's about the finest smell in the world."

Norrloader SE

2006-05-10 17:02

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Everyone sais its a fury -58.
Im about to buy an real "Christine", and came to the conclusion:
She is an Belvedere (at least if you take this car's pic)
The front tells you that, same to the side decor.
The emblem on the hood isnt on the Fury.
The fury´s goes in a more straight line, the Belvedere's sidechrome is like "an arrow"
The fuellid doesnt brake the dekor on the side, wich it does on the fury...

<< correct me if im wrong, i dont wanna buy the wrong car... >>

qwerty_86 US

2006-05-11 08:36

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Well, the "real" Christine is a '58 Fury 4-door according to the book, but there was no 4-door Fury in '57 or '58. The car on the back cover of the book is a '57 Plymouth, but it only shows the front so I can't tell if it's a four-door or two-door.

-- Last edit: 2006-05-11 08:39:22

explorer4x4

2006-05-11 08:42

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And, in the movie, Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury coupe.
And, technically, Christine is either a)A 1958 Plymouth Sport Fury Custom/Plymouth Fury Custom b) Another car completely like a Plymouth Plaza, Belvedere or Savoy or c) a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere.
I would go with a Belvedere, although Christine is meant to be a Fury, she seems and looks more like a Belvedere.
King should have done more research on the Fury.

explorer4x4

2006-05-11 08:44

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Oh, and I just ordered the Special Edition Christine on DVD with an interview with directer John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon. It also has 20 alternate/deleted scenes, with that and the interviews hopefully will give us some answeres on Christine. I will also post some more pictures here of Christine and the other cars.

qwerty_86 US

2006-05-11 09:01

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explorer4x4 wrote And, in the movie, Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury coupe.
And, technically, Christine is either a)A 1958 Plymouth Sport Fury Custom/Plymouth Fury Custom b) Another car completely like a Plymouth Plaza, Belvedere or Savoy or c) a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere.
I would go with a Belvedere, although Christine is meant to be a Fury, she seems and looks more like a Belvedere.
King should have done more research on the Fury.


Christine was a magic car so it could break certain rules. There was a part in the book where a bunch of guys lifted up the back end of the Fury to play a joke on LeBay so he couldn't drive away, but the car took off as if it was FWD. Maybe Carpenter should have used a four-door Belvedere for the movie instead.

norrloader SE

2006-05-14 22:13

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I hope that the special ed sort it out :p

well, it should be pretty cool to make a bookclone.. throw away a little steel and install 4 doors an a 57...

BeanBandit FI

2006-05-14 22:39

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I think '59 Chevrolet would have been better choice as Christine by King, it looks far more demonic, especially from the rear.

qwerty_86 US

2006-05-15 06:23

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Yeah, but it doesn't sound the part. "Fury" just sounds meaner than "Chevy." And just thinking about it, you can kinda visualize the car looking more demonic than it is just by naming it a Fury.

Explorer4X4

2006-05-15 08:16

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BeanBandit wrote I think '59 Chevrolet would have been better choice as Christine by King, it looks far more demonic, especially from the rear.


I don't know, the Fury seemed the best and only choice for a car. 59' Chevy's seemed a little to futuristic for a killer car. It also looked pretty creepy, especially when the first time you ever watched it was when you were 5 years old. I thought that, an ideal murdering, creepy looking and sounding car would be some old 50's relic with fins, a large front bumper and duel headlights, and the Fury fit right into the slot, complete with a strong, loud engine and a "V" on the wood that kind of finished the masterpeice. And qwerty was right about "Fury" sounding betetr then Bel Air (makes you think up-class luxury), Biscayne (to me it sounds like an exotic bird), Impala (it is a deer like animal, oooo, creepy) or Malibu (Grand Theft Auto Vice City dance club).

And I just realized that "qwerty" was the first six letters on the upper left corner of the letter area on a computer keyboard! :D

P.S. The Christine DVD has not come yet..... Late I suppose, I am homping it'll come before my family and I drive back from Alaska to Connecticut in our 86' MCI MC-9.

wickey SK

2006-05-15 09:49

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Explorer4X4 wrote
And I just realized that "qwerty" was the first six letters on the upper left corner of the letter area on a computer keyboard! :D

:lol:

qwerty_86 US

2006-05-15 21:41

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Yep, that's where my name came from.

Explorer4X4

2006-05-15 21:51

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ya, I always wondered why your nickname was "qwerty", pretty cool idea!

Carfan US

2006-06-09 22:06

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Me likey, Me wanty. just being funny, this really is a beautiful car. I remember reading a website saying that There should be a second Christine movie even though Stephen King never wrote a "Christine II" story or something. I agree with them, what does any one else think? After all, christine was crushed into a block at the end of this movie and and just before the credits, 'she' slowly started to fix 'her' front grill.

Explorer4X4

2006-06-16 16:34

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In the movie they disguise two Plymouth Belvederes and a Savoy. I know the Savoy was used when Darnell is killed. They said in the commentary they used parts from the Fury to disguise their Belvederes and Savoy.

antp BE

2006-06-20 23:31

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Picture sent by Explorer4X4, another Plymouth:
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Explorer4x4

2006-06-21 01:50

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The grill section under the bumper on Christine constantly changes from chrome, to painted to just a filled in peice of metal. Most notably is, just after Arnie discovers that Buddy and his gang trashed Christine it is a chrome grill and when Christine is fixing herself, it is a red painted grill.

Kenster102.5 CA

2006-09-23 00:48

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I think a caddy would suit it

knghtmat US

2006-09-27 21:10

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Explorer4x4 wrote The grill section under the bumper on Christine constantly changes from chrome, to painted to just a filled in peice of metal. Most notably is, just after Arnie discovers that Buddy and his gang trashed Christine it is a chrome grill and when Christine is fixing herself, it is a red painted grill.


The lower grille is painted on all 58 Plymouths. the car in those scenes are just missing the metal strips that go over that.

furyman85 US

2006-10-13 05:57

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I love this movie I watch it almost everyday. I own 4 copys of it special edition, 2 widescreen,an vhs. I also have the book all of the errors in the book are because stephen king started writing the book in the middle before he decided christine was going to be a fury. When he first started writing christine she was going to be a belair.

DeLorean BE

2006-10-13 16:52

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Chistine was one of the best movies made, and is always!!!
That car i want in my garage!!! :sun:

DeLorean BE

2006-10-13 17:00

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DeLorean BE

2006-10-15 17:09

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I Want a second Christine-movie!! :p
It would be very succesfully!!!! ;)
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modell US

2006-10-25 07:21

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I love that scene in the main pic when "Bad to the Bone" is playing. Cool songs, cool car, cool movie!

modell US

2006-10-26 18:32

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I think this would be a good Christine-

http://www.dyna.co.za/cars/dodge1.jpg

Certainly has that mean look!

stpaulcarguy US

2006-10-30 04:34

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i sure hope the one they crushed with the cat was a kit

DeLorean BE

2006-11-07 18:21

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A "Christine: The revenge" has to be with the same christine(plymouth fury '57) because at the last scene of the movie she stil moves!!! ;) She isn't gone!!!!

DeLorean BE

2006-11-08 21:11

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRZ8Pqq31vY

modell US

2006-11-12 05:56

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DeLorean wrote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRZ8Pqq31vY


I was the one that posted that. :)

DeLorean BE

2006-11-23 15:08

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Oh no, i posted the link to youtube :p
YOu can find there some clips about the movie.

moparguy1973 US

2006-12-30 08:32

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"Christine" would almost have to be a Belvedere. 1958 Furys were not available in red, they didn't have red interiors, and most telling of all: Furys had Gold anodized aluminum side trim, and the Belvedere has shiny silver aluminum side trim. Otherwise they look damn near identical. Christine has the silver trim. Belvederes were available in red with red interiors. And the dual quad "Poly 318" motor they show in the movie was available in either car, but the 270 and the 301 look the same as a 318 anyway...

modell US

2007-01-14 03:20

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moparguy1973 wrote "Christine" would almost have to be a Belvedere. 1958 Furys were not available in red, they didn't have red interiors, and most telling of all: Furys had Gold anodized aluminum side trim, and the Belvedere has shiny silver aluminum side trim. Otherwise they look damn near identical. Christine has the silver trim. Belvederes were available in red with red interiors. And the dual quad "Poly 318" motor they show in the movie was available in either car, but the 270 and the 301 look the same as a 318 anyway...


However, in the book, Roland LeBay had ordered special options and/or custom features when he first purchased the car, including its red interior and two-tone red & white paint job. (The exact color is said to be "Autumn Red.")

DeLorean BE

2007-02-03 22:46

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If i have the chance to buy a Plymouth '58 or '57.
I don't need to think about that first
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knghtmat US

2007-02-07 03:56

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The Moochie chaser Christine.

Adrian US

2007-02-08 22:14

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Since I love this movie, and the car, and know most of you do too, I found a video-link of one of the original Plymouths used in the movie. Pretty cool considering this car is one of the survivors, now 24 years later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biblXiWsYOs

knghtmat US

2007-02-13 19:27

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I have seen the vid before and if you are a really big fan of Christine there is the Christine Car Club

www.christinecarclub.com

nubby US

2007-05-07 22:31

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Christine is not a Fury. It and it's stunt cars were played by Plymouth Belvederes and Savoys. It's official color is Autumn Red

-- Last edit: 2007-05-15 04:48:39

antp BE

2007-05-08 00:01

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Indeed maybe we should list it as a Belvedere, since it is what was used...

nubby US

2007-05-15 04:52

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Why did they have to wreck so many of these cars? These cars will never come back! This is why I don't like to go to demo derbies! :mad:

Settpistol US

2007-06-13 02:32

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The '58 was pretty cool,but i've always thought the '59 had a much,much meaner grille.

knghtmat US

2007-06-19 07:55

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Well you can look at it this way, there are more 57/58's today with the movie than there would have been without it.

It's color is indeed in the book and the movies deleted scene autumn red but in real life the cars were painted GM spectra red.

crazyforcars12 EN

2007-08-26 12:57

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I'm sure it was a Fury, was the Belvedere available as a coupe?

Wampa-One US

2007-11-13 03:22

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truck man US

2007-11-16 02:06

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This car is not part of the movie,it is the move,32 stars... :D

durango95 US

2008-02-19 23:56

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SOOO... in the book its a Fury but they changed the car for the movie? i think John Carpenter should have left it a Fury, it wouldve been a much better car for the movie

58Roadmaster US

2008-02-20 00:00

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Yes, but, cinematically, "buckskin beige" doesn't appear as menacing!
This was Plymouth's only available color for 1958 Fury; 1957 was even worse: "eggshell white!"

Charger_69 US

2008-03-11 21:59

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Christine was a '58 Fury

Bricklin1990 US

2008-03-18 03:06

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antp wrote Christine, as shown in the movie, could have been any two door Belvedere with a 318 or 350 engine.


I don't think the 318 V8 came out until 1967.....


-- Last edit: 2008-03-18 11:18:42 (antp)

antp BE

2008-03-18 11:20

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(no need to quote the whole message - I removed the useless parts)
This was just copied from IMDB.
Wikipedia article about the Belvedere mentions that the 318 V8 was added in 1957 and was available on all Plymouth.

-- Last edit: 2008-03-18 11:20:35

classicarfreak US

2008-06-18 00:55

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Although this is said to be a Plymouth Belvedere, it is actually a 1957 Plymouth Fury introduced for the 1958 model year. If You've seen the movie, you know all too well that Christine (the car) is a well disguised killer and has the ability to regenerate herself. The red and white paint scheme was custom, and so was the grille.

-- Last edit: 2008-08-30 03:26:01

58Roadmaster US

2008-06-18 03:56

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Interesting quandry, and I know the reason for debate regarding Christine and IMCDb:
1) Very famous car/film/character
2) Several Plymouths used for various scenes (Plaza, Savoy, Belvedere)
3) One vehicle page for the site

IMCDb seeks to label actual cars used on film in a motion picture (and included in animated films). How does the site account for Plymouth models other than Furys?

Members of IMCDb should obtain empirical evidence that ay least one Fury was filmed in a scene that can be found in the final studio release. Talk to the prop master ask about studio records. Somebody knows!

-- Last edit: 2008-06-18 03:57:31

Skid US

2008-09-24 22:13

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Bricklin1990 wrote I don't think the 318 V8 came out until 1967.....


Chrysler actually made two separate 318 V8s over the years. The original "A" series 318 V8 was introduced in 1957 and made until 1967.

The "LA" series 318 was introduced in 1967, and was based on similar architecture, with the same 3.31 stroke and a 3.91 bore. The "A" and "LA" series 318s look simililar from the outside and have the same basic cylinder block design, but the old "A" series had much larger, "polysphere" heads, and a heavier cast block (55 pounds havier than the later "LA" blocks).

Produced through 2002, the "LA" series 318 is the engine that most people think of when you say "Chrysler 318."

tony US

2008-10-02 03:30

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The book was not written by a car guy. thats why He says it had four doors. and that it was red. He probably liked the way "Fury" sounded. then it was now up to the movie makers to bring it to life.

car smasher CA

2008-10-14 17:59

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she has teeth at the end of the movie there, lol

-- Last edit: 2008-10-14 18:00:35

XFJaguar US

2008-12-01 16:52

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i say it is a fury. if u look at the shots of the front, rite above the headlights, there is a small turn signal light. like its like between the two headlights, slightly above them. theres one on each side, and only the fury had those lights. the belvedere didn't.

Cycolac Fan EN

2008-12-14 23:38

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I think you'll find XFJaguar that all the '58 Plymouths regardless of trim level or bodystyle had turn signals between the headlights.

My research indicates they used 12 Plymouths in Christine, though sources, including Stephen King, have quoted 17 or 18. They used a mixture of 57s and 58's and adapted them to look like Christine - a 1958 Fury - with gold painted trim made from metal chequer plate. A lot of parts, trim pieces, hubcaps and panels were moulded from rubber and glued on as it was quicker and cheaper than sourcing lots of genuine parts.
Apparently one four door was used but I've never spotted it.
Many cars were repaired and reused, especially for front and rear crashes. Ie if they wrecked the front end then that car might later be used for a rear impact. Ditto cars that got T-boned on one side were reused. Front and rear panels were cut off and welded onto other cars.
They had a full time garage running fixing up the cars. Even in the early 80s these Plymouth coupes were rare and hard to find. I've heard from various sources that the movie people turned down buying Plymouths that were too nice to wreck, although a couple of easily restorable cars were totalled.
At the end there were two 'Pristine Christines' left - these were close up cars with mint paint interiors and bodywork, both were apparently given away in competitions.

Cycolac Fan EN

2008-12-14 23:42

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Quote I felt all cold when the Bullys broke in, smashed it up and crapped on the dashboard! :(


If it helps you any several of the actors who were swinging the hammers got injured with cuts from sharp pieces of trim and broken glass - these cars don't go down without a fight!

sweetscion57 US

2008-12-23 18:56

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My boyfriend said this is a good movie.... he says he can picture me with a killer xB. He said if I get a killer xB I should name it DJ....

HunterMan US

2009-03-21 01:21

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Christine is meant to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury--NOT a Belvedere, Plaza, or Savoy! I know that several Belvederes and Savoys as well as tons of Furys were bought and turned into Furys...but the car is meant to be a Fury! I don't see a whole lot of differnce in the grill of a Fury or a Belvedere. How do we know that this pic is one of the Belvederes turned into a Fury, or one of the actual Furys bought and still customized? This should be listed as a 58 Plymough Fury, NOT a Belvedere!

bird US

2009-04-02 17:17

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I knew it wasn't a Plymouth Furry just by the head light.
Can anybody get more pics of Cristine please?

-- Last edit: 2009-04-02 17:30:24

Mfinity US

2009-06-06 03:37

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i think it should be listed as a fury, because that is what i search for when i want christine.

i have nightmares about this car :wow:

Mycroft US

2009-10-03 04:28

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I understand the discussion over this car, but some of the comments seem a bit off the point.
The car in the book was a 1958 Fury 4-door custom ordered with red and white body/interior.
The car in the movie is made to mimic a (non-existant) 1958 Fury 2-door hardtop with custom red and white body/interior. This was done by using Belvedere 2-door hardtops and customizing them with Fury features, but retaining the red and white color scheme.
But the question then becomes, is the car in the picture a Belvedere mocked up to look like a customized Fury, or is the car in the picture an actual Fury that was modified to be a customized Fury. It doesn't change the fact that the car portrayed in the movie is supposed to be a customized 1958 Plymouth Fury.
It's silly to say that if a car is painted a color it was not originally offered in, then it is not the same car anymore. The car is what it was built as. If it is customized, then it is an altered version of the original model.
Listing the car from the movie as a Belvedere (as Fury) seems the best way to cover the issue. But if someone involved with the production can point to the car in that picture and say it was an actual Fury... well then that answeres that.

All 1958 Plymouth products had the turn signal above and between the twin headlights. This was not exclusive to any model. I owned a '58 Savoy 4-door sedan, and it had the same turn signal setup.

Not all 1958 Plymouths had body section below the front bumper painted to match the body. This area, called the "grill pan" was originally painted to match the body. This caused problems during production/assembly. The cars grill pans were later painted silver (or "argent"). HOWEVER, the 1958 Fury ALWAYS had the grill pan painted to match the special Fury body color.
This information comes from WPC News Vol XIV no 5, January 1983. (This is a Chrysler club news-letter).



-- Last edit: 2009-10-03 04:33:37

Commander 57 US

2009-10-03 16:11

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I must partially disagree with the statement that more cars were saved because of the movie than otherwise would have been.
While there may have been more awareness of these cars (resulting in some additional savings) I wonder whether or not the movie (owing in part to it's popularity) encouraged film makers to destroy other cars.
Also, I expect more people came to enjoy scenes of old car destruction (and demand more) than were encouraged to search for and save these vanishing pieces of our culture.

Unlike endangered species of animals that can regenerate themselves once protected, there will NEVER be any more 1957, 1958 or any other year Plymouths or other brands. Once one is destroyed, that is one less FOREVER. And once they are ALL gone (and some models of some makes have in fact become extinct) that will be it for all time.



-- Last edit: 2009-10-03 16:41:11

Commander 57 US

2009-10-04 22:31

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Not only do you loose cars, you also loose parts that could be used on other restorations.

thestig8 US

2009-12-16 00:09

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Mfinity wrote i think it should be listed as a fury, because that is what i search for when i want christine.

i have nightmares about this car :wow:

i have dreams of driving her

thestig8 US

2009-12-16 00:15

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thestig8 US

2009-12-17 03:38

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dont wanna sound crazy but i heard rumors of a 1990 plymouth laser/eagle talon/dodge daytona/mitsu eclipse as christone. the rumor had a main focus on the laser, because it was the last good coupe made by plymouth. i think a 96 prowler would be a good christine

1979lincolntowncoupe CA

2010-01-20 05:29

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I don't understand, they look pretty well exactly the same, plus, it would make more sense it being a fury, because she was always mad

detroitbomber NZ

2010-03-20 06:51

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back then, you could special order any car in any trim just as you can today. it would have been possible to get a red fury with silver trim if you asked for it. most of the scenes with the chrome grills under the bumper and even some above were just silver tape anyway. it is a movie, the cars are old, made do with what they had.

Bricklin1990 US

2010-04-22 18:30

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Skid wrote

Chrysler actually made two separate 318 V8s over the years. The original "A" series 318 V8 was introduced in 1957 and made until 1967.

The "LA" series 318 was introduced in 1967, and was based on similar architecture, with the same 3.31 stroke and a 3.91 bore. The "A" and "LA" series 318s look simililar from the outside and have the same basic cylinder block design, but the old "A" series had much larger, "polysphere" heads, and a heavier cast block (55 pounds havier than the later "LA" blocks).

Produced through 2002, the "LA" series 318 is the engine that most people think of when you say "Chrysler 318."


Ah yes you are right, I know it's been two years, but I am just now seeing this. Is the magnum 318 considered part or the LA family?

jettalover US

2010-04-23 05:18

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Audi and Lamborghini share a "318". It's their 5.2L V-10.

DayDay US

2010-05-02 18:08

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Were is the car from the movie now?

bw626 US

2010-06-06 23:34

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in the book, I remember it saying that LeBay ordered a 1958 Plymouth Fury Sport Coupe with a custom red and white paint job in September of 1957. But later in the book when Arnie and Leigh pickup a hitchhiker, he gets in through the back doors. I don't think that they made 4-door Furys then.

knghtmat US

2010-06-30 18:50

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One is in California which is the one that got Moochie and the other one is in Florida which is the one that killed the Camaro.

You can read about them at the Christine Car Club's site.

Dead Reckoning MX

2010-09-19 04:51

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What a beautiful car,to pretty to be evil

matjix SE

2011-01-09 15:02

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it was fun when they trashed it

Commander 57 US

2011-01-09 16:59

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Not for those of us who love cars.
And they trashed way more than one.

matjix SE

2011-02-13 02:39

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no i'm sorry, i know that it's just a handfull of that car model left, but it made a great movie :P

Commander 57 US

2011-02-13 03:43

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Well, the movie was technically well done but those of us who love antique cars cannot forgive the wanton destruction of 12 or 13 very rare and collectible vintage vehicles.

bluesmobilerMCMLXXIV CA

2011-03-01 21:27

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It is unfortunate that they couldn't even use a real Fury to play Christine! But then again, I do not recall anyone in the movie calling it a Fury. I do find it curious that in the novel, it is mentioned that the '58 Fury was never offered in red-and-white, which does not sound like something Stephen King would make up, but he wrote about Christine being a four-door car, when there was no four-door '58 Fury.

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Fiorano FR

2011-03-11 05:49

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Error Commander57! There were all in all twenty three cars destroyed for this movie! And only two survived after the shooting and were used by Columbia for the promotion of the movie during its release in the cinema at the end of the year on 1983, when the movie is released in France there was a replica of Christine exposed in front of the cinema Gaumont of the Champs-Elysées in Paris

bw626 US

2011-03-19 04:26

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Commander 57 wrote Not for those of us who love cars.
And they trashed way more than one.


In the book, they trashed it at the airport parking lot where Arnie was keeping her. THey did a lot more damage to her in the book. They put sugar in the gas tank and syrup in the carburetor, etc. I don't think they did that in the movie.

tony US

2011-05-17 02:48

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moparguy1973 wrote "Christine" would almost have to be a Belvedere. 1958 Furys were not available in red, they didn't have red interiors, and most telling of all: Furys had Gold anodized aluminum side trim, and the Belvedere has shiny silver aluminum side trim. Otherwise they look damn near identical. Christine has the silver trim. Belvederes were available in red with red interiors. And the dual quad "Poly 318" motor they show in the movie was available in either car, but the 270 and the 301 look the same as a 318 anyway...

you are almost right......In reality all 58 furys where off white. In the movie this Fury is possessed. Thats why it is the only red one on the assembley line in the begining of the movie!

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Nightrider RU

2011-05-17 11:26

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In reality 58 Furys were beige, and book mentions, that there was no red/white ones. Christine was repainted at dealer.

vincent FR

2011-08-08 11:11

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l'année de la Plymouth est de 1958.Ils avaient des stiles à l'époque

CRAFT372 US

2011-08-14 13:23

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No disrespect to Plymouth Fury fans but to Stephen King the scariest car in the world is this and no I am not kidding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3pNDM9YxI

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rtsbusman1997 US

2011-08-14 23:18

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Trolling, aren't we? :think:

mr. technicality US

2011-10-20 19:08

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keep in mind boys in 1980 people did not think "Hey we might be wiping this model car off the face of the earth" .... It didn't matter to them. Now we have company's like Picture Car Warehouse www.picturecarwarehouse.com What they do is take a car that is already beyond repair or wrecked and make the movie companys destroy them instead of sacrificing a perfectly good car. Look at what Toby Halicki did in the Junkman he wrecked over 150 cars,trucks and other vehicles. Same thing with the original Gone in 60. All we can do is enjoy what they have given us and be more aware for the future.

Commander 57 US

2011-10-20 20:00

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As I've stated before, even "junk" cars carry valuable parts that could be used to restore others that are not so far gone.

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tonkatracker US

2011-10-20 20:07

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yes, but we can't keep every car ever produced.

cycolac fan EN

2011-10-23 02:46

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All the cars and parts used in the movie, with the exception of the two pristine Christines, were take to a local junkyard and useful parts were bought by Plymouth owners.
Nothing useful was wasted.

Commander 57 US

2011-10-23 04:30

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While it's good that remaining parts were salvaged, lots of valuable sheet metal and trim was wasted along with everything else that was destroyed.
No, we can't preserve every car but this was a rare and highly collectible vehicle at the time the film was made.

If a movie was to be made about a fire in an art museum, would they actually burn up Rembrant paintings even if they could afford to buy them to be used in the film?
Just as there will never be more Rembrants, there will never again be any more 1958 Plymouths.

But enough. We could go on and on, I suppose.
We've both made our points.

tonkatracker US

2011-10-23 04:42

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I would rather see a car like this get "misused" like this that just sit in a field and rot away, which happens a lot around here (at least until the last few years when scrap got so high that every old car disappeared). I know where there is a 1970 GTO that has a tree going through it! The car has been sitting in the same spot since I was a kid, my dad even tried to buy it in 1993 but the owner said he was going to "fix it up someday"

Cycolac Fan EN

2011-11-15 02:31

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They made a lot of the trim from moulded rubber that was painted silver and other parts were chromed using silver foil.

tony US

2011-11-15 12:52

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Nightrider wrote In reality 58 Furys were beige, and book mentions, that there was no red/white ones. Christine was repainted at dealer.

It wasn't painted at the dealer......in the begining of the movie it's on the factory assembly line it is the only red one becaue it is possessed...... as part of the plot to the movie

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tonkatracker US

2011-11-15 18:52

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tony wrote
It wasn't painted at the dealer......in the begining of the movie it's on the factory assembly line it is the only red one becaue it is possessed...... as part of the plot to the movie


That may have been part of the plot of the movie, but as Nightrider said it was not part of the plot of the book (of which the movie is based on) In the book the original owner ordered the car painted red and white.

tony US

2012-04-09 05:34

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tonkatracker wrote

That may have been part of the plot of the movie, but as Nightrider said it was not part of the plot of the book (of which the movie is based on) In the book the original owner ordered the car painted red and white.

so If He orderd it......it was painted at the factory. like the opening scene in the movie shows

CRAFT372 US

2012-07-25 15:10

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Here is the freaking awesome Christine introduction scene in the movie enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EQ41beVcXE

jenanistonfan1 US

2012-11-21 21:22

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They ran out of the 1/18 scale model on amazon and there are none on ebay :(

mike962 DE

2013-04-22 11:37

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commander 57

20 57-58 Plyumoths were wasted for this movie BUT don't you think on a globallevel way more than 20 were SAVED from the scrapyard thanks to this movie by making the car popular and desirbale for collectors even if as Christine clones ??

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mike962 DE

2013-04-25 20:13

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see this commander 57

this shop build 47 Chrsitine clones and counting

so essentially means nearly 50 Plymouth Belvadares saved which otherwise might have ended scrapped...
http://www.moparmel.com/home/christinegallery.html

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Commander 57 US

2013-04-26 02:04

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Good to hear.

mercury man 01 US

2013-07-08 02:41

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Christine's licence plate (CQB 241) stands for Close Quarters Battle and the 241 means two for one (Arnie and Christine vs enemy). :king:

mercury man 01 US

2013-07-08 09:07

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In the special features on the dvd Richard Kobritz (producer) confirms that Christine was a 1957 Plymouth Fury and not a Belvedere.

L182 US

2013-08-12 00:21

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modell wrote I love that scene in the main pic when "Bad to the Bone" is playing. Cool songs, cool car, cool movie!

COOL ALL THE WAY BABY!!! HELL YEAH!!!!

knghtmat US

2013-12-12 01:32

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For the link posted above. Most ForwardLook Mopar people stay away from Mopar Mel and I know others that went to him then got taken.

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JayMor81 CA

2013-12-18 05:15

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No matter how you look at it and how much arguing goes on about this, Christine was a 1958 Plymouth FURY.. Take a look at the body trim differences between the Fury and the Belvedere.. Now compare to a side by side of Christine.. The Chrome/white trim on a Belvedere does NOT go up to meet the peek of the fin, as it does on a Fury, due to the fact that it (Belvedere) was a sports model.. Christine was meant to be a LUXURY queen that uses her charms (looks) to make Arnie fall in love with her.. The LUXURY Plymouth model for the year of 1958, was the FURY..

Peugeot304 UK

2014-01-05 10:24

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buy me one

moskvichok RU

2014-03-10 13:14

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BeanBandit wrote I think '59 Chevrolet would have been better choice as Christine by King, it looks far more demonic, especially from the rear.


If this conversation went - I remember, King written that, according to Moochie, Cristine's front reminds grinning idiot - then must had to take Chrysler Imperial 1960, because he has such a front :D. And, he looks quite aggressive.

Commander 57 US

2014-03-10 13:42

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For me, it's always been the 1959 Dodge.
Looks like an aggressive tiger.
Link to "www.oldcarbrochures.com"

Skid US

2014-04-06 16:23

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JayMor81 wrote No matter how you look at it and how much arguing goes on about this, Christine was a 1958 Plymouth FURY.. Take a look at the body trim differences between the Fury and the Belvedere.. .... Christine was meant to be a LUXURY queen that uses her charms (looks) to make Arnie fall in love with her.. The LUXURY Plymouth model for the year of 1958, was the FURY..


The trim on Furies and Belvederes was nearly identical in 1958, except the trim on the Fury is gold plated, chrome on the Belvedere. The Fury also carried different badging....not seen on Christine.

Fury was not a luxury model in 1958, it was rather a limited-edition high performance model. Belvedere was the highest "normal" trim level across all body styles.

I highly doubt any of the cars used in this movie were actually Furies.

Kowalski5599 CA

2014-06-19 01:38

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Check out this tribute to the 1958 Plymouth Belvedere 'Christine' by the aficionAUTO.

Link to "www.youtube.com"

Check out their other videos too. They're well done.

cortina1234 EN

2015-01-14 20:14

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Christine Is A Beautiful Car From The '50s! In My Opinion, That Car Captures The Spirit Of 1950s Detroit!

oddsox US

2015-02-04 23:31

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a red and white '58 Plymouth reappears in Stephen King's alternative history novel "11/22/63."
[Image: 112263.jpg]
I see the novel is a TV mini-series in production now.

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oddsox US

2015-02-09 16:54

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modell wrote I think this would be a good Christine-

http://www.dyna.co.za/cars/dodge1.jpg

Certainly has that mean look!


'59 Dodge w/Plymouth rear. Right hand drive. Australian? South African?
[Image: dodge59plyaussie.jpg]

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oddsox US

2015-02-09 17:03

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thumbnails above show Fury's 150mph speedo.

jpts AU

2015-04-18 13:26

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thestig8 wrote
i have dreams of driving her


She's a beauty.

What I like about this car, is that she's a classic and as well as all the old songs that she plays on her radio... that and I love the sound of her loud V8 engine.

If I get my license and had the money I would like to own her. :love:

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jpts AU

2015-04-26 08:27

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qwerty_86 wrote It was just "Fury" in 1958.



And nevermind what's shown in the movie. They used different '57 and '58 Belvederes and Furys for the movie, but it's indicated as a '58 Fury in both the movie and book.

"Bought her back in September of 1957. . . . Brand new, she was. Had the smell of a brand-new car, and that's about the finest smell in the world."


From what I know about the car, September 1957 was when Plymouth started to make the new Belvedere models for 1958.

jpts AU

2015-04-26 08:41

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jenanistonfan1 wrote They ran out of the 1/18 scale model on amazon and there are none on ebay :(


I've got the 1/18 scale model of her which I got for my 14th birthday from Games World as well as the movie AND the Stephen King novel.

The only thing is, my model didn't have the aerial when I got her.

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Baube QC

2015-04-26 11:36

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wish i had a 1:18 of Christine (and a real one too ). i have the book, the movie but not the 1:18 car. i think he took the Fury name because it sounds more meaner than Belvedere or Savoy. Writers also have the same power as the ones who do cars in cartoons, which is to play with existing vehicles and change a few things. if i want to write a novel with a convertible Chevette with the Camaro ZL1's headlights http://i.ytimg.com/vi/DPVA_LNlfaQ/maxresdefault.jpg (i know, its not the real ones ,just love the look ) and the Viper's engine in it, i can, its just fantasy. when they did the movie they had to " build " some Christine because it didn't exist so they had to take the closest car and play with it

GTO 990 US

2015-10-07 06:37

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Here's a link to the web site of one of the surviving

http://christinemoviecar.com/

MrTaft AU

2015-10-21 09:59

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Recent quote (2014) from associate producer Barry Bernardi, re a production still of the Plymouth assembly line by unit photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker: "Look at that assembly line. That is great! I found all the cars. This was before 9/11 of course, so you could just call the DMV and they would give you a list of every owner of this kind of car in the state of California. We bought eighteen of them and used them in different crashes, degrees of destruction - half destruction, a quarter destruction. We painted all the Christines red ultimately."

So that confirms the number of Plymouths used in the film - 18!

Commander 57 US

2015-10-21 14:53

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They sound almost proud of it.
Basically describing an antique car search-to-destroy mission.
For shame. For shame.

shlc647 US

2016-01-13 20:47

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You can always rely on your Chrysler V8 engine to sound very intimidating and guarantee a win in a Drag Race.

oddsox US

2016-05-09 18:14

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DeLorean wrote [Image: christine11lo1.4804.jpg]

looks like a Great Red Shark...

oddsox US

2016-05-09 18:39

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Norrloader wrote Everyone sais its a fury -58.
Im about to buy an real "Christine", and came to the conclusion:
She is an Belvedere (at least if you take this car's pic)
The front tells you that, same to the side decor.
The emblem on the hood isnt on the Fury.
The fury´s goes in a more straight line, the Belvedere's sidechrome is like "an arrow"
The fuellid doesnt brake the dekor on the side, wich it does on the fury...

<< correct me if im wrong, i dont wanna buy the wrong car... >>



Your post was 10 years ago today.
Did you end up buying your car?
Not sure what you mean about the missing hood emblem.
Here's a great 1958 Fury specimen.
Link to "www.mecum.com"
The "V" is harder to see since the grille trim is also gold.

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oddsox US

2016-05-09 18:58

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..another detail about Christine.
Pretty sure they didn't have the pop-up push button door locks.

Haven't seen a '58 Plymouth with them except for the ones associated w/the movie.
Added for effect.

jettalover US

2016-05-11 05:33

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Good eye oddsox. Those were added for dramatic effect.

stevil101 US

2016-08-15 16:11

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Fun fact: Christine guest stars in "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens". And she is actually "good" in it.

Baube QC

2016-08-15 16:33

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good ? or just waiting to run over the people injuried by sharks ?

Commander 57 US

2016-08-15 20:06

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Tell me they didn't destroy more '58 Plymouths in that movie!

Baube QC

2016-08-15 23:03

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i hope not , didn't watched it ... its starting to be ridiculous... if they do a 5th one , sharks will come out of cereal boxes...

stevil101 US

2016-08-16 00:32

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I doubt she wanted to run over anybody. She was not shown to be destroyed. So I believe she survived.

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