Sunday, December 22, 2019

1958 Plymouth Fury - Christine

Star car from the 1983 film "Christine" directed by James Carpenter on a novel by Stephen King. Promotional sweepstakes giveaway car for the movie. Comprehensive restoration.

Small block wedge V-8 engine. Offenhauser intake manifold. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Torqueflite pushbutton automatic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. Finished in red with white roof. Red vinyl and cloth bench seat interior.
The car appears at Mecum's Kissimmee Jan 2-12. Estimate is $400k to $500k.
More than 20 cars were used to play the role of Christine. When filming wrapped, only a few unscathed cars remained. One of the movie cars sold for $198k at Barrett-Jackson’s in January 2015.

Hagerty suggests a 1958 Plymouth Fury in #2 (excellent) condition is trending around $47k.
The movie opening, showing Christine moving along a Detroit assembly line, wasn’t in King’s book. Screenwriter Bill Phillips added it. The movie went into production before the novel was released.