Back Then. . .1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

1980 Plymouth Gran Fury was equipped with optional 318 V-8 engine. (Bud Wells photo/1980)

1980 Plymouth Gran Fury was equipped with optional 318 V-8 engine. (Bud Wells photo/1980)

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in the Denver Post the 1980 Plymouth Gran Fury Salon four-door sedan. Excerpts:

The long popular Plymouth nameplate, which has been surprisingly short in model variety for several years, has been expanded this year (1980) with the return of the Gran Fury, last built in 1977.

The new one is a good-handling, comfortable-riding full-sized model, quite the same as the Dodge St. Regis and Chrysler Newport. Excellent braking complements the handling. The Gran Fury is aimed against the Ford LTD and Chevrolet Caprice and Impala.

The car, powered by Chrysler’s 318-cubic-inch-displacement V-8 engine, rolled up gas mileage averages of 13.2 and 21.8 in town and highway drives, respectively. Acceleration is strong in low gear, then falls.

The six-passenger sedan has a large trunk of 21.3 cubic feet capacity. The 3,600-pound car is built on a wheelbase of 118.5 inches.

Base price of the Plymouth is $6,927 with power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission and seat-belt chimes. Among options which raised sticker price to $10,600 were halogen headlamps, cornering lights, speed control, power bench seat of ribbed velour fabric, power windows and power locks (the locks seemed inconveniently placed on the window sills).

Other Plymouth models are the subcompact Horizon and the compact Volare, besides imports from Japan.