Daily Features

MAY 2018: THIS ’58 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE ESCAPED CHRISTINE’S CLUTCHES

By on May 25, 2018

IMGP6530

 

The movie Christine turned the ’58 Plymouth Fury into a movie legend overnight but it came with a steep price.

 

The movie guys scoured the local car scene back in the early 1980s to grab every ’58 Plymouth in the area and most of them met a grisly end.

 

This ’58 Belvedere escaped the clutches of the movie guys back then so you could definitely say this plot had a happy ending.

 

IMGP6526

 

Jason Newnham is the proud owner of this classic fin car and he explained how the Christine people wanted the car but they were turned away: “They were scouting for Christine  and one of the producers wanted this car but the owner  said no because they’d wreck it”. Oddly enough, the wrecking yard where the movie Christines went to their final resting place and a few scenes were shot were just down the road from the owner’s place.

 

IMGP6533

 

This is an original Los Angeles car—it still has the yellow and black plates and it was sold new in Chino, California. The second owner bought it and Jason gave him one of those “if you ever sell it” offers and Jason became the third owner of this Forward Look era survivor. There “isn’t a speck of rust” on this car so the Southern California life was good to this 60-year-old Plymouth.

 

IMGP6532

 

Jason wasn’t interested in the car simply because of the Christine connection—he wanted it because his uncle used to own one and that set the hook for life.

 

news-002

 

This is a 318 Fury engine-optioned car so it has the two 4-barrel configuration. Jason is extremely happy with how it runs—he said it “fires right up but sometimes the idle needs a little time to set up”.

 

IMGP6523

 

He doesn’t drive his ’58 Plymouth much—in fact, he gets it out very little so it had only been out once in three years so the miles are kept to a minimum.  Jason does love the way it “soaks up the road” and he describes the ride as very comfortable.

 

IMGP6534

 

It’s never seen gravel or bad weather and the only thing that was aged was the center section in the headliner. It kept falling down when he was driving it—most late 50s Plymouth owners are well aware of the issues with the three-piece headliners.  It also has “all Solex” glass to add to the original portfolio of this classic Mopar.

 

IMGP6527

 

Jason definitely belongs to the brotherhood of the ’58 Plymouths because he saw one on the highway a few years ago with the hood up so he turned around to help. He said he had “just enough tools” to get it running again.

 

IMGP6525

 

The other factor is the Christine effect. He never goes anywhere without hearing it—one kid saw the car, did a quick U-turn and went ripping by him on the highway, then yelled out “Christine” when Jason was on the way to a show.

 

Jason is comfortable with the rock star status of this ’58 Belvedere  so that incident was just another day in the life but the kid would have been really excited if he’d known that this one escaped Christine’s clutches.

 

By: Jerry Sutherland

 

Jerry Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer with a primary focus on the collector car hobby. His work has been published in many outlets and publications, including the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post,  Vancouver Sun and The Truth About Cars. He is also a regular contributor to Auto Roundup Publications.

Please re-post this if you like this article.

 

print
38348 Total Views 13 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

FEBRUARY 12, 2018: SRT (STREET ROD TECHNOLOGIES)—THE FUTURE OF THE CAR HOBBY

  The future of the car hobby is one of the most frequent conversations I have at car shows.   The demographics and vehicles are older so the question...

February 12, 2018 View more...
rac imgp4780 001

FEBRUARY 25, 2015: PUT A NUMBER ON THE DOOR BECAUSE OLD RACE CARS MAKE OLD RIDES LOOK EVEN COOLER

  There’s another trend sweeping the car hobby and it may be one of the most interesting visual sights you’ll see at a car show.   Put a number...

February 25, 2015 View more...
56-picture9

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 (MARCH 2014): 1956 FORD F 350-BIG, BAD CUMMINS-POWERED & IT’S A DAILY DRIVER

  1956 Ford trucks were Hall of Fame rides for car guys from the first day somebody figured out you could stuff a giant engine under the hood.  ...

February 21, 2014 View more...
mar13-73 javelin amc-001

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 (MARCH 2013) 1973 AMC JAVELIN AMX: 40 YEARS LATER AND THE ROMANCE STILL BURNS

  Every real car guy has a story about the “one that got away”.   Some call it a rite of passage because they believe that you have to...

February 24, 2013 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR OCTOBER 2018 ROAD WARRIORS—A COUNTRY-WIDE LOOK

  MyStarCollectorCar Road Warriors can be found on any street or highway across diverse regions.   For example, this Camaro was on a street in Quebec.     This...

September 30, 2018 View more...

JULY 2018 ROAD WARRIORS—THIS IS WHY SUMMER IS ACTUALLY A COOL SEASON

  Winter is the enemy of classic iron but summer is its best friend.   That’s why you’ll see cars like this shoebox Ford in the summer months because...

July 13, 2018 View more...

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

More At My Star

THE BALLAD OF THELMA PART THREE—TEST DRIVING THE 400 CHRYSLER LEAN BURN AFTER THE EFI RETROFIT

  After reinstalling the collector and the gas tank and connecting the pump to the gas tank, I was left with very little to finish up so I was able to wire up the rest of the harness and run the return fuel line to the tank. The harness was pretty simple: you pull power See More

THE BALLAD OF THELMA PART TWO—THE EFI INSTALLATION ON THE CHRYSLER 400 LEAN BURN

  I’m not good at writing tech articles and I think the reason is twofold : (1) I’ve never found the tech articles I read very interesting and (2) I’ve never owned a typical car found in a tech article – i.e Chevy.   That’s probably the reason why I haven’t written a part two See More

MSCC OCTOBER 19 FIVE PEOPLE MAGNET OWNERS’ STORIES

  There’s a simple way to get the best story at a car show—follow the people so if a car or truck has more people around it than a rock star in a 7-11 you have to get the story.   The toughest part is the photography side because these vehicles are people magnets so See More

1963-1965: WHEN BUICK BUILT THE PERFECT RIVIERA

  Riviera has a storied history within the Buick world.   The name originated with the debut of the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera model with its then-unique two-door hardtop version.     Buick dabbled with the Riviera name during the 1950s and used the moniker on several of its models during the Elvis years. This See More

Editor’s Picks

GET COACHED ON THAT CAR PROJECT—REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM VEHICLE RESTORATION WORKSHOPS

  Restoration projects are not easy.   In fact, a full restoration can be the most complex and difficult job you’ll ever take on but the pain is definitely...

September 3, 2018 View more...

NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

    NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction 11th Annual Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018 COLLECTOR...

May 31, 2018 View more...

BIG RIGS—A HOT NEW TREND IN THE HOBBY

  Big rigs were never a glamorous form of transportation because they were built for work not recreation but these big machines still have a huge army of fans....

February 17, 2018 View more...

FEBRUARY 12, 2018: SRT (STREET ROD TECHNOLOGIES)—THE FUTURE OF THE CAR HOBBY

  The future of the car hobby is one of the most frequent conversations I have at car shows.   The demographics and vehicles are older so the question...

February 12, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST ALBERT’S ROCK’N AUGUST: THE RAIN, THE PARK, AND A BRADY BUNCH CAR-PLUS A MOPAR FEST

  MyStarCollectorCar was on the road to St Albert, Alberta this past weekend for their annual Rock’n August car show held on the grass in their famous park system....

August 11, 2018
JULY 28, 2018 19th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
NOVEMBER 1-4, 2018 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

    NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction SATURDAY FEATURE LOT 162     1969 CAMARO RS SS 396 – 375HP...

April 21, 2017
OCTOBER 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  OCT 4: RED DEER, AB Thursday Cruise Night Weekly Show and Shine ***Note this show is back in the North Parking Lot at Parkland Mall.   OCT 6:...

September 30, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive