Imagine Walking Alone Late at Night…
Little Bitty Pretty One by Thurston Harris echoes in the distance on a moonless night as a set of twin bean headlights pierce the horizon. A green light illuminates a traveling needle on a wrap around speedometer as it climbs East; 60..70..90..125. A flash of chrome sparkles for an instant off dimly lit street lamps as a red mist races underneath. A whining supercharger shrieks stabbing the night air with 426 cubic inches of V8 rumble playing bass. Cold breathe escapes the lungs as she races by. Evil just got a Hemi and she’s back to raise some hell. Meet Christine’s SEMA sister, the 1000 horsepower 1958 Plymouth Fury – the perfect car (in my opinion).
Meet Hemi Christine
Hemi Christine was built by the Mopar gurus at Graveyard Cars, lead by Mark Worman, for the 2019 SEMA show. Mark Worman hosts a reality based TV show under the same name, Graveyard Cars. A show where they restore classic Chrysler product muscle cars back from the dead no matter the condition using the most detailed factory methods to make them truly “like they just rolled out of the factory”. This Hemi Fury is powered by the new supercharged 6.2 liter Hellephant crate engine by Mopar making 1000 horsepower, and 950lb.-ft of torque!
While Graveyard cars is known for restoring Mopars back to blue print condition they decided to have some fun with the Fury. This is SEMA after all, the car show where imagination sits in the driver seat. Originally, this particular 1958 Plymouth Fury sported a 350 Gold Commando V8 engine (what a name for an engine). Sand Dune white over Beige was the original color and was switched to PPG Spectra red (the best red). According to Graveyard cars, only 5,300 Gold Commandos were built in 1958, and only 41 are said to have survived.
So why do I feel this overpowered 1958 Plymouth Fury is the perfect car? Well, this is my number one all time dream car, and adding 1000 horsepower turns it into a fantasy car that now exists in my reality. Not sure if this is considered a resto-mod since the only other upgrades include a set of Magnaflow exhausts, Silver Sport four-speed transmission, and a Eaton Truetrac differential to handle the extra power. No fancy suspension, no digital gauges, and she still rolls on her signature white wall tires. Life is more than just doing burnouts. I know this car is as impractical as it is rare, but I fall prey to its possessive design. There is something sexy about 1000 horsepower on white wall tires.
Christine is a red-hot hot-rod and thanks to Graveyard Cars she has enough torque to crash through the gates of the hell and terrorize the highways once again. I love this car and I thank those responsible for building it.
Hell had no Fury like a Hemi Powered Plymouth.