Old Cars, Road Trips

A very important Plymouth

I’m a bit of a car nut. Last week I was surfing around Dailymotion looking at old TV spots for cars and found this one for what looked to me like a 1966 Plymouth Fury, but was called the Plymouth VIP instead. I’d never heard of the model, which surprised me, because I’m pretty on top of these things. With extra sound deadening and a cushier interior over the Fury, the VIP was supposed to compete with other entry-level quasi-luxury cars, such as the Chevrolet Caprice and the Ford LTD.

My oldest friend and I were touring the original route of US 31 in northern Indiana this weekend. When we reached Peru, we found that a downtown block of old US 31 was closed for a classic car show. Joy!

Imagine my surprise when I walked up to this plum VIP just a few days after learning that they existed.

1966 Plymouth VIP

The fellow who restored this car talked with me for a second. When I told him that I saw an old TV ad for the VIP on Dailymotion, his jaw dropped. He said he’d had a hard time finding information and parts for the car. He pointed out how the trim strips didn’t quite line up (you can see it in the photo above) as an example. He showed me where one trim strip was scuffed, and said it was the best available to him. Despite the challenges, I think he did a nice job on his car.

1966 Plymouth VIP

More photos from the Peru classic car event when I write up my US 31 trip!


2 thoughts on “A very important Plymouth

  1. Angela Lisac says:

    My mom owns a 1966 Plymouth VIP it is a silvery blue color with the skirts over the back tires. The upoholstery is in good condition the previous owners actually had seat covers put over the originals but the seat covers were done professionally it does have air conditioning, car has never been wrecked, over front passenger door the paint is a little chipped up, not sure why its been garaged for a long time, my brother just had the carburator rebuilt, but I think it just needs ran. The miles are still under 100,000. We really don’t know what to ask for this car and mom really isn’t in the position to pay for a professional appraisal, and here in Pueblo I wouldn’t know a reliable source to go to. What would be a good guess, needs minimal TLC its an awesome car.


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